Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Witches, bats, pumpkins, black cats, all in a good days hallows eve. Don't get me wrong, I don't endorse the superstition of black cats bringing bad luck. I had my own black cat once named Poncho. I love cats. Cats are truly creatures to be proud to have as friends, even revered. Anyone who would harm a cat is truly evil, not the cat.
But I couldn't resist a little traditional imagery of Halloween on some pieces in clay, just for fun. Halloween images remind me of trick or treating, of costumes and cool fall evenings, reading scary books or seeing scary movies, and roasting marshmallows around a bonfire; all the while telling ghost stores and being scared of what lurks in the dark.
I've run out of the terra cotta clay, so the bowl has a small dip in the rim on one side of it. But I figure a spoon can rest there and not slide around in the bowl. That got me to thinking about bowls in general and I'm working on a pattern for a bowl with a built in handle and a pouring spout, having seen one in plastic which I thought was convenient to use.
Remember my black cat Poncho, well he and my cat Cisca, a white cat I later got as a friend for him, disappeared one night on Halloween in the 1980s when I lived in the (San Francisco) East Bay. I was worried sick someone had done something to them as a prank on Halloween. Three days later they both came home. Those were three long days.
Months after that I found out a pilot in the neighborhood had come home and was cleaning his van and my two cats had gone in the van out of curiosity. Later he didn't see them in there and locked his van. When he came home again three days later and opened the van the two cats shot out of the van like lightening. Luckily the East Bay had mild weather so they made it through the ordeal without any food and water for three days and three nights. I was so happy when they returned home. They've both since gone to cat heaven.
Bet you thought I was typing these posts? Looks like Betty my cat is typing, doesn't it? So please spread the word cats are good, even black cats.