Sunday, July 24, 2016

Canopy, Wheel & Display Shelves For Sale

Good Morning I am downsizing some studio equipment: a white 10 x 10 King Canopy with sides (used very infrequently), an older Shimpo Pottery Wheel with integrated splash pan RK-10 , two sets hand built pottery display shelves (very sturdy), two adjustable wood chairs for sitting or standing at wheel.

King Canopy 10 x 10 with carry case
$150

Shimpo RK 10
 $250

set of two adjustable chairs
 $40

set of two display shelf systems
$150

Nowadays I sell only at the farmer's market (covered and I use tables) and in galleries so I no longer need these, and I hand build so don't need the wheel, I am in North Georgia, pick up only, two hours from Atlanta, two hours from Chattanooga, TN, or two hours from Asheville, NC. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Electric Yellow & New Transformer

The black eyed Susans, Rudbeckia hirta, are in full bloom. The plants are now about 3 feet tall and 4 foot wide. They are an electric yellow color.

As you can see the black eyed Susans are covered in blossoms. This photo shows two plants. These flowers make excellent cut flowers with a long vase life up to 10 days.

I spotted a American Goldfinch in the garden yesterday. I borrowed this image because I didn't have my camera. This is the first time I've ever seen a yellow finch, what a bright and active little bird he was.

In other news when I was firing the kiln today it started to go down in temperature. I had to shut off everything else in the house and then the temperature started to climb again. I had the electric company come by after I finished firing. The electric guys changed the transformer with an upgraded model (no cost to me). Hopefully this fixes the problem. If I didn't have a digital kiln I would never have known I wasn't getting full power here. Lack of full power can damage appliances and shorten their life.

I'll be in booth 9 at the Blairsville Farmer's Market tomorrow from 7 am to 1 pm. Hope to see you there. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Confessions of an Errant Potter

I confess it has been over six months since I fired my kiln. Why am I suddenly motivated to load the kiln on one of the hottest days of the year? When I went down to the studio I noticed a piece of driftwood had fallen off the counter onto a bowl which was sitting on a box drying. Not sure how the driftwood fell on it's own, Wonder if Barney was down there one day? Except he never jumps on anything. Hum. Perhaps studio ghosts have been rummaging around.

On the right are four baskets which will have driftwood handles. On the left are miscellaneous pieces I've been working on the past few months. Thunderstorms are predicted today so hopefully I'll be able to fire this bisque load tomorrow. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Green Bean Medley

In the summer we eat green beans just about every week. There are plenty of varieties to choose at the farmer's market in Blairsville. These beans are purple when fresh picked but turn green after they are cooked. I sauteed half a red onion in olive oil, added one cup of chopped sweet peppers till softened. Then I added the beans which I cut in half. I added three quarters of a cup of chopped fresh tomatoes, two tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon of dark balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon of sugar, two teaspoons of dried oregano, salt, and pepper. I covered and cooked the beans till they were soft. They are a meal in themselves. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.