Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Speak Up For Trees
Sometimes I don't know what I'll make, I just start making. I ended up making this large bowl about 12 inches in diameter and filling it full of small flowers. At first I thought it was kind of silly putting all those little flowers inside a bowl. Now I'm starting to like it.
Sometimes if I set pieces aside and think about them for a while, they grow on me. As I'm looking at the photo of the bowl my imagination envisions so many things. I could see the background of the large bowl being black and making each small flower a different color, or maybe all the flower white, or perhaps glazing the small flowers with luster. I have so many choices.
When I have left over clay, I grab enough together which fits in the palm of my hand. Then I squish it between my hand over and over again. Next I roll it up in the palm of my hand to about the size of a tennis ball. If it's too dry I put a dab of water in the palm of my hand to moisten it a bit and squish it and roll it up some more. Then I roll it out or pinch it up and re-use it. If I see a bubble in the clay, an air bubble, I poke it with a needle tool and I moisten it and smooth it over. Air bubbles aren't good in the kiln. Today I made these flowers with leftover clay.
In other news, the new neighbors on the street behind us are cutting down tree after tree and I just cringe every time I hear the chain saw and then feel the loud thump on the ground. Yeah, they are so big I can feel the ground shake. Perfectly good, healthy trees. Some of the pines could have been used for lumber, but no, they were cut up as firewood by the tree cutters they hired. Sometimes I don't know about other people. I've had to hold myself back from going over there and giving them a piece of my mind. They even cut an oak tree on the neighboring unbuilt lot; I guess it hung over their new chain link fence. Tonight is the homeowners association meeting. I hope I get the opportunity to speak up for trees.
Lately I've had a lot more energy so I'm taking advantage of it. I'm going back to the studio for more work. Thanks for stopping by, your visits truly keep me motivated to keep writing my blog and talking about my pottery pursuits. Stay tuned for another flower cart and some flutterbys.