Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sea turtles can live for 80 years. Many species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered due to over harvesting and coastal development. Last night I was inspired to make a sea turtle bowl. The bowl measures 9.5 inches square and 3 inches deep.
These juvenile sea turtles were in the exhibit at the Homosassa Springs park. During summer there are about 50,000 sea turtles in the waters surrounding Florida. If you live near a beach in Florida turning off your lights at night during May through October helps protect emerging baby sea turtles from going the wrong direction. The baby sea turtles are attracted to the brightest lights.
A fern such as this must have inspired me to make the next vase, which I made several years ago. I said I never made a flower brick, but I think this vase qualifies as one.
The vase measuring 10 x 12 x 5 inches. Sadly it developed stress cracks in the bottom during the glaze firing at Cone 10 and I threw it away. It had a beautiful teadust glaze on it and now I'm sorry I didn't take a photo of it glazed. Now I know to put sand under large pieces so they can move on the kiln shelf as they are shrinking during firing which helps prevent cracking. The fern appliques were an experiment back then too. I didn't know if they would fall off or not, but they did just fine. I might have to do an inventory of my previous work and see if I can re make some of the pieces.
Remember the treasure bus and our moving on a shoestring? Gary left for California today. We found out rental car companies in Florida have what is called Florida drive out after Spring break. For $10 a day you can rent a car with unlimited mileage. You just have to take the car out of Florida and drive one way. Gary is stopping in Tuscon to go his second cousins wedding and then is on to California to get the treasure bus which he'll drive back to Florida. Gary started calling the treasure bus a tiki bus since I've been making tikis in clay.
I'm left here all by myself to handle all the remodeling projects and I don't get to go to the wedding in Tuscon. Waaaa! The sacrifices I don't make. In the back of my mind I'm thinking I can make hundreds of pieces in clay. Hopefully I'll be real productive because Gary will probably be gone two weeks. Comments and suggestions are welcome.