Sunday, August 24, 2008

Body Memories.

It's been a while since I tried making any of these. I could not have told anyone how to do it in a step by step method. Many people believe in "Body Memories." In other words, a part of you remembers how to do things you've done before, but not necessarily on a conscious level. People who knit or crochet experience this. One of the best examples is riding a bike. Once you learn how to keep your balance and go, you just do it. If you're not convinced of this, try putting your shoes and socks on in a different order than you usually do. It's very awkward!

This pair of earrings is made from teal, plum, and pink seed beads, and pink bugle beads. The hooks are surgical steel and they can be purchased in my Etsy shop, Jill's Treasure Chest.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ceramics and Pottery

I had a great day today out in my shed. It wasn't too hot, amazingly enough for Mississippi in August. I poured some boxes, round, heart, and square and an elephant. Little did I realize when I got the used mold, that this elephant seems to be a planter. Hopefully, it will turn out nice, even though it's not what I was expecting. I still have another elephant mold that I haven't poured yet. Maybe next time.

I also worked on the pottery wheel and came up with a fairly good pot. It's been over a month since I've tried, so I wasn't sure how it would go. It's not a perfect pot, but it's not the worst one I've ever done.

My things are on a pouring table, but I just use it as a place to keep the clay items while they're drying. The pouring motor doesn't work in this machine. I kept hoping that my husband would get it going, but he hasn't been able to work on it yet. The first picture shows some things that I poured last time. I spent time cleaning them today. Hopefully they'll be ready to fire soon. Below is the pot I threw on my wheel.

I'm having a great time learning more about throwing pots. I still have so much to learn, and I don't really know a lot about finishing them up to make them look more professional.

This is Sanura, trying to show me how irresistible she is and that I really need to let her sit on my lap while I type!
Blessings and Peace