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the park is in the centre of the city, all native plants, a great place to eat lunch. the Gardiner Museum has pots I wish I made. And finally we have to buy tea at the place that has every tea in the world. It smells wonderful.
24th Sep 2006, 00:45   | tags:,

Puddlepuff says:

Like the bowl a lot.

24th Sep 2006, 00:51

swamprose says:

Me too. Unfortunately I know how to make it. And I didn't...oh well. There was lots of ugly stuff too.

24th Sep 2006, 00:53

Puddlepuff says:

How,... looks like the inside is kinda cracked/dried.

24th Sep 2006, 00:55

swamprose says:

Yeah. I like cracked and dried. Anyone can do smooth and shiny. I am big on mistakes.

24th Sep 2006, 00:57

Puddlepuff says:

Is it a seed?

24th Sep 2006, 00:59

swamprose says:

No. It's just the way you choose to finish the pot. It's all chemistry. Some glazes will pull apart to make it look like dried up dirt, and some glazes will be even and shiny. It depends what you want. Until lately, everyone wanted shiny and neat. No dirt, no seeds.

24th Sep 2006, 01:03

swamprose says:

I like raku too. But this bowl is not raku. this bowl is inteniionally fired in a kiln so it looks like this. Raku is fun because you get to play so close to real fire. You grab the pot as it is glowing, and put it into something that burns--like straw, sawdust, newspaper, to get the glaze to 'reduce' ie change colours..and it is all immediate and fun. where is hermione when I need her?

24th Sep 2006, 01:46

swamprose says:

There are a lot of fine potters there. So, what do I know about orthographic lifting, or getting a wild horse in focus? : )

24th Sep 2006, 01:54

swamprose says:

mandy, you and I both need courses in photography. forget ceramics. I never suggest it to anyone I like..

24th Sep 2006, 02:01

Caine says:

Niiice pics! The bowl is very nice, but I really like the top shot. And tea...well that's lifeblood, that is! :D

24th Sep 2006, 03:03

swamprose says:

I like the top shot too, Caine. Little bit of wild in the big city always is a good thing.

24th Sep 2006, 03:23

Dhamaka says:

the pot is gorgeous, the garden beautiful and I *love* that you had to buy tea..

24th Sep 2006, 08:14

MaggieD says:

I must say I like cracked and dried (it's what I say to myself every time I look in the mirror) ... Iove the top shot..... and course you had to buy tea!

24th Sep 2006, 10:01

factotum says:

forget ceramics????!

24th Sep 2006, 12:45

swamprose says:

F, knowing what you do, all the heavy equipment and hands in cold water, do you suggest people take it up? A hard disease, far as I am concerned. What about something light, warm and easy to take around?

Johanni came to town. Gardiner museum just reopened and we did it. I like this pot. Not unlike some of your things.

24th Sep 2006, 13:04

factotum says:

Say hello to Johanni if she's still around. I was just thinking of her, driving past Dunvegan on the way back and forth to Ottawa.
I'd definitely recommend clay...it's commonsensical and inexpensive, and I LIKE the physicality of it. But Mandy, my advice is not to wait for a Raku course. The process is fun, but in all honesty, I've gotten tired of the effect. That's a politically incorrect opinion in the clay world, but there you go.
Nice bowl. Steve Heinemann? Doesn't look big enough to be his...

24th Sep 2006, 13:14

swamprose says:

f, Steve Heinemann, and it is big, about two and a half ft across, maybe three. Joh is gone back to hudson.

24th Sep 2006, 13:21

MaggieD says:

erm ... something for you on my blog ... very silly ..... I blame Puff and too much time on my hands .....

24th Sep 2006, 18:45

Viv says:

I tried and was useless - at ceramics that is - so many times in the process that things can go wrong! Maybe I'd be better now! Will blog my one result sometime - right now too busy catching up on 10 days of missed moblog and got a few pics to post too!

1st Oct 2006, 13:09

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