Thursday, January 20, 2011
Spring is on it's way I can feel it in the air. We cleared out a little area to plant some spring vegetables in the back yard and lined it with some cinder blocks that were here. Now we need to find somewhere to get some good soil. The soil here is all sand and it doesn't have many nutrients at all.
Since it was so much warmer today than it has been, my mind wandered to thoughts of summer flowers. I remembered a blue poppy bowl I was inspired to make last year after seeing a blue Himalayan poppy on Cindy Shake's blog. The bowl had a crack on the edge before I even bisqued it. I decided to fire it anyway just before I left California to see how the slip color would work out. It fired nicely all except for that small crack at the rim.
I decided to make another poppy bowl this evening, this time in lavender and blue since I had just enough of those slip colors mixed up to make one large bowl. Hope this one doesn't get any cracks. I also made some rustic planters for window boxes, thinking those would be nice to plant herbs and put on a kitchen window sill. Tomorrow I'll mix up more slip and replenish all the colors I work with so I can make small bowls and other pieces.
In my last post, Benefactor Wanted, I mentioned my request for wanting a benefactor in a light hearted way, but I was actually serious about the request. I've often wondered what I would do if I won the lottery or some huge inheritance. When I was a landscaper I always said if I won the lottery, I'd build a botanical garden which was educational so folks who came to visit could learn and come to appreciate all the plant kingdom has to offer. I never won the lottery, but I accomplished my dream of a garden with the lavender farm I created at my last place, where the public came and enjoyed it. The garden ended up being a small scale botanical garden like the one I dreamed of.
Now that I have another love, that of clay, if I somehow came into a large sum of money I'd build a wonderful clay retreat with galleries, studio spaces, all different kinds of kilns, and I'd have lots of potters come to teach workshops. It would be a place where folks could come to learn and have fun with clay. And there would be stipends for folks who couldn't afford the cost of travel so they could avail themselves of all the clay retreat and workshops had to offer.
I figured if I would want to do that if I had the funds, then there might be someone who would want to be my benefactor. It doesn't hurt to ask or to dream. Sometimes dreams come true in one way or another. So I keep working towards my goals even if my steps are small, my steps all lead in the direction I dream of going. Comments are welcome.
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