Saturday, July 26, 2014

Farm Fresh Bounty

Gary took me to the farmer's market this morning and he carried the produce while I picked out the farm fresh bounty. Never had home grown sweet potatoes before, can't wait for those. And need to look up Meredith's recipe for eggplant. We've been getting the white half runner beans all summer long. And look at those blackberries, they were fresh picked yesterday. Got the last of the garlic this season; been having Caesar salad once a week. I have to stand up to type cause I can't raise my arm up but it's not hurting as bad and is a little more flexible.

Luckily I had tiles made for my class so was able to practice the surface treatment on them yesterday. I see I need to add another hood line perpendicular with the ornament, Remember our Chevy flatbed?

Here's a mockingbird singing away. Now I think I need to go have a few blackberries. Thanks for reading and for all your comments and good wishes.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Out Of Commission

I went to an immediate care clinic because my arm was hurting unmercifully; I had to have some pain pills at least for a few days.. I'm fairly certain I have a torn rotator cuff. I can't lift my arm more than a foot up from my side in any direction. Won't know if a tendon is involved unless I have an MRI. My insurance has a $6000 deductible. I don't have that lying around. When I paid the bill at the clinic, the bill was half as much if I paid cash rather than using my insurance, So I paid cash which means that didn't go against my deductible. It was the same thing at the pharmacy. There's something seriously wrong with my arm but there is also something seriously wrong with the medical care and insurance systems. if i post anything else it will be without capitals or punctuation - even with a pain pill i can feel my shoulder burning - i think shoulder pain may be the worst - thanks for reading and for all your comments

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Use A Straw

If you don't have a hole punch for clay but want to make a nice smooth hole, use a straw. You know the plastic straws you get with sweet tea. Sweet tea is every where in the South. If you don't like your tea too sweet, ask for it half and half. Seriously though, a straw works great for making a smooth hole in clay. After pushing the straw through the clay, pull it out and cut the end filled with clay off, then make the next hole.

In other news I have a pulled or torn muscle or ligament in my upper left arm. I can't lift my arm to the side more than a foot or so. I hope it's just pulled and not torn. I 've been putting an ice pack on it and it's a little bit better today. Gary also had the same injury a few weeks back in his left arm. Unfortunately he's left handed. I'm right handed. But even typing this hurts my left arm. Whoa is me, it's heck to get old. In other news Pottery Making Info shared my post about making slip and easy hump molds on Google Plus and Twitter. Thank you Pottery Making Info. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Sometimes things just aren't quite there. Do you ever feel that way when you make something? This is the second revision. Still not sure about the bird.

This was the first draft, didn't like the bow after an hour so I removed it and added the bird in the nest. The bow and bird came about because the textured rim I made wasn't long enough to go all the way around. The rim started out as a handle which might have been better. What you see in the finished product of a clay piece isn't always how it started. Much like a painting that may have many revisions so it is with clay sometimes. Still thinking about it but this morning it may be too late to revise again. The electrician finally got the plug for my kiln. Soon, soon. Thanks for reading and  for all your comments.