Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Is Here



One of the many things I love about living is Maine is the intensity of every season of the year.  Each one has it's special beauty, and they all are equally vocal in announcing their arrival.  Spring is no exception...fast and furious, it is sometimes here and gone before we even had time to blink!  My family and I took a short trip up the road today to spend a little time at one of our favorite spots- Small's Falls.  It is a series of cascading water falls hemmed in by colorful and magnificent rocks.  This time of year the water is especially high.  In the summer months it is a great place to picnic or swim, with many people coming from afar to jump off the high rocky cliffs for a refreshing dunk in the deep pool just below the middle fall. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Finally...A New Post!!!

Icicles threatening the window-what a sight-some more than 4 feet in length

CraftBoston Spring 2011

It has been a VERY busy winter...we have had lots of snow here in Western Maine.  I have been busy making new work, with a firing completed a few weeks ago.  It was a tough one- due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. "the flu")  we were unable to maintain a path up to the kiln throughout the entire winter.  All it took was not clearing the snow after one storm, and it was too late!  The next time we tried we could not break through---aaaaaargh!  SO, when it came time to fire, part of the prep time was spent shoveling, and shoveling , and shoveling....the firing took longer than usual- 20 hours, but the results were great.  Then it was off to CraftBoston Spring down at the Seaport of Boston.  A wonderful and fun show hosted by the Society of Arts and Crafts. 

Faceted Jar with Flashing Slip and Copper Glaze
Box with Crater Glaze
Faceted bowl with crater glaze
Box with crater glaze
Jar with Dimpled Top
I was especially pleased with the way the cratered glazes I have been experimenting with turned out in this firing.