Friday, February 15, 2013

Getting Closer and a Dream

Three coats and the rains have returned and this weekend a cold snap is predicted. But the boat is looking pretty good isn't it? I wanted to get one more coat of both colors. Now Gary wants me to hand paint the letters for a name on the boat. What? After all that work painting the boat with those three coats, he wants me to risk hand painting the letters. But what to name it. He wants to call it gator bait, not such a good name.  There's actually a web page with all kinds of boat names. The motor is rebuilt and Gary has the outside of the motor all primed. Next he'll paint the motor with the original color. It's a Johnson motor. We want to get an original label for the motor too. We're getting closer to the maiden voyage.

I forgot to show you this plate, one of two, from the last firing. I used a texture mat - a plastic place mat I got years ago. It has little squiggley depressions all over it. Then I put a few stains and a clear glaze. Not sure this red is good on a plate for eating though.

This morning I awoke from a dream I was having about selling pottery at a large important show. I was at the show and wasn't selling much. I was sharing the booth with another potter and she had long red hair. (One of my best girlfriends from high school had long red hair). Inside the booth I was firing a tall wood kiln which looked like a free standing fireplace. (Remember this is a dream). I was stoking it from the back. I closed the damper to gain some reduction I went around front and peeked inside. Reduction looked perfect, the fire was almost out but not completely. I could see the pots were going to be really good.

Next thing you know the show police came around and gave me a ticket for creating too much smoke. I glanced up and saw the smoke was billowing in the sky, way, way up into the sky. With the cost of a very expensive ticket I was going to have to get a regular job and only work on pottery in the evenings. I was really disappointed,  thinking just when I'm getting some really good pots.  But I resigned myself to working during the day and on pots only in the evenings. Then I woke up: my heart was beating really fast in a panicked sort of way. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. So glad your determination to make pots came through in the dream...the plate is gorgeous...that dark red really sets it off. I see nice pale food on it that will have good contrast to the red.

  2. Your boat is beautiful! Too pretty to be called Gator Bait !
    That was quite a dream, nothing worse than pottery nightmares.

  3. How sad it would be it your dream had been true and you had to cut back on your pottery! Things are looking good!

  4. Hilarious!!! I laughed at your dream. It's amazing you remembered the details. I never remember mine at all. Your boat looks beautiful, Linda. Well done.

  5. Hello Linda:
    Your boat is looking very good indeed but we do think, like Gary, that it should be named and that hand painted letters would be very attractive and traditional.

  6. The recall is as good as the dream. And it was a good dream to wake from.

  7. Interesting dream....maybe you are enjoying your creative time so much you are afraid something could spoil it for you. I am looking forward to seeing what name you guys choose for your boat.:)

  8. HILARIOUS dream Linda , and SO detailed !!! Good luck with the boats name , it has to be a female name from memory ? Why not LINDA ????

  9. Hi Barbara, thanks, amazing how pottery is in my dreams too, can't seem to get away. Ha. The red is more of a ruddy red I guess, will have to think about it some more.

    Hi Michele, thanks, yeah we don't want to be gator bait, that's for sure.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, I'd have to find something else to do I guess.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, I think because I reviewed the dream right after I woke up otherwise it would have been forgotten.

    Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, well I'll have to pencil in he letters since I'll have to go across some ridges which definitely makes it a challenge.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, yes I couldn't believe their were smoke police and the fee was going to be quite large. Ugh.

    Hi Adriana, thanks, dreams are quite amazing aren't they in all their detail, don't want to name the boat after me, but maybe - oh I know - Gary and I used to camp at a high sierra lake in California called Lola Montez - named after the famous actress and dancer. he may just go for that name, I shall see - and he would agree that I may have a few of the personality traits of Lola Montez - Ha.

  10. The boat is looking really pretty. Can't wait to see what you name her. I'm thinking of a name that seems quite obvious to me. I do like Lola though.


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