Day 32, Pottery Birdhouse

Today I rolled out a few slabs and tried my hand at making birdhouses.
You can tell I have spring fever already. Thinking bird houses and planting the garden. My garden has a look of pottery also. All the pieces that don’t turn out or are not good enough to use in the house, decorates the yard and the garden. Using un-glazed pottery to plant small flowers or herbs around is quite useful. The pottery soaks up and holds the water, letting the plants have access to it slowly.

Pottery Birdhouses
Pottery Birdhouses made with slabs.
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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Spring is Coming, and Jackson Creek

  Steven is making progress trimming all 10 fruit trees. Fresh peaches from our own trees, is still his main focus. Last year’s harvest was only 12 good peaches, how many will we get this year. The oldest tree is 5 years old, the other two are 4. Who wants peach pie.

  A friend of ours, age 39, went out looking for gold. He was telling me about a place where you can get a lot of gold dust at a local river around here. Of course he didn’t say were exactly this place was. So sure enough, I get the phone call, he didn’t make it back last night, do you know where he went. Ah, no, I had no idea where he was going. Another night goes by, getting serious now, two nights with no word from him. Finally I get the word, he’s OK, he got his car stuck and had to walk out. Montana has some pretty remote places and of course that must be the best place to look for gold. I haven’t heard yet about the gold. Wonder if it took so long to hike out cause of all the gold he had to carry.

One of my favorite places to photograph.
On this day the light was perfect.
Jackson Creek in Glacier National Park.

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I give to you
A fire to light inside your heart,
to feel the warm embers glow.

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Blossoms blowing in the breeze,
And pies on windowsills.

Springs a gentle warming,
After the winter’s thaw.

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A harsh shivery winter is gone at last
And milder sunny days are coming fast.

Days were long until the grays were gone
And I watched stormy skies but not alone,

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Taco Penne Pasta Recipe.
Not too tough to make when we have homemade salsa from last years harvest.

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Here’s a plan, lets all make up some Herman starter.
Then we have a lot of Herman cake recipes for ya.

The plan is to make the Herman Starter, after 5 days you can use some for a cake or bread, share some with a friend and spread the goodness around.
Herman is also known as friendship cake.
Becca’s Herman Sour-Dough Starter for Cake Recipes.

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Thought for Today –

For anything worth having one must pay the price;
and the price is always work, patience and love.

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Peaches are better than gold, Steven and Becca

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Day 31, Cake Serving Plate and Crystal Glaze

Today was another good day, started out with a good workout this morning. Then home to play in the pottery studio. Missing my Granddaughter already. Put her on a plane home to Kentucky. Was nice having her around for awhile.
Threw a cake plate today. Started out with 5 pounds of clay, so it ended up pretty good size.

Cake Plate
Freshly thrown cake plate.
Crystal Glazed Plate
Plate Glazed with crystals added in.

My girlfriend Mimi came over and tried her hand at glazing a few pieces of pottery. She is pretty anxious to see how they turn out.

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Day 30. Destiny Helped with Pottery

Today my granddaughter Destiny came over and helped glaze up some pottery. She needed to finish some of hers, and get them packed up to take back to Kentucky with her.
Of course just glazing a few does not work, we needed to spend the entire day glazing enough to fill the kiln. It takes quite a bit of electricity to fire, so you don’t want to waste it. About 24 hours from start to finish.

Destiny Glazing a plate for Mom
Destiny glazing up a plate to take to her mom,
Finished bowl.
Destiny’s Finished Bowl, she threw it and glazed it. Good Job Destiny
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Day 28, Two Mugs

Throwing two mugs
Two mugs in the making,

While waiting on the kiln to cool. I put myself to work making a couple of coffee mugs. We don’t mess around here when it comes to our coffee. We both like to have a good 16 oz, cup full. They also make for nice beer steins. You can place your pottery mugs in the freezer and they will keep your cold drinks cold for along time.

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Day 27, Large Roasting Dish

Large roasting pan
Large roasting dish. thrown on the wheel .

It was quite a hectic day today. I was trying to get my grand daughter all packed up to fly out to Kentucky and I guess my head was not in the game. I went out to work in the pottery and mistakenly went to deep and did not have enough for a good bottom. OH WELL, that just meant that I needed to let it dry for a bit and hang it to elongate it to the shape of a roasting pan. Roll out a slab and fix for the bottom. As you can see from the picture the clay bodies are differant colors. I am hoping that they dry about the same and they will not pull away from each other and leave large cracks in the bottom. This will be a good experiment.
We also fired the kiln with our glazed pots today, so tomorrow we will be able to see how they turned out. It’s kinda like Christmas, as we wait patiently for the cooling of the kiln.

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Day 26, Handled Pitchers

Pulling Handles for the Pitchers
Pulling Handles for the Pitchers

Pulling handles and gluing them to a pitcher or mug can be a tricky business. First learning to pull the handle so that it felt good in your hand was one thing. Not stretching it too far or having gaps in the handles is another.
You have to score both the handle and the vessel in order to get them to join together as one. You do not want either piece to dry faster then the other or they will pull away from one another.  So here we have it. With slow drying it should all work out just fine.



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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Mocka finds the boots and smiles

   Joke of the Day:
I was eating breakfast with my 10 year old granddaughter and I asked her,
what day is tomorrow?
Without skipping a beat “It’s President’s Day!”
She’s smart, so I asked her “what does President’s Day mean?”
I was waiting for something about Obama, Bush, or Clinton, etc.
She replied, “President’s Day is when the President steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow, we have another year of nothing but booo-shit.”

  I think it’s time for a laugh, let’s see a smile out there, and after you smile, pass it on.

  For a school project, Becca had to shoot a video using Mocka as her actor. Have you ever tried to get a dog to star in a movie, it is not easy. We put up a version of it, hope you enjoy Mocha.

 Our little dog Mocha likes our boots. And video.

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If on a canvas, I could sketch
A picture I’d like to portray
It would be of Christ, the sinless One
On Calvary’s hill, that glorious day

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Someone I could honestly talk to
That shared my points of view.

A friend who may not always agree
But one who would listen to me,

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When I got home I just wanted to soak my feet
in my new foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today!

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Broccoli Waldorf Salad Recipe.
I think this could be one of my all-time favorites.

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Becca’s Buttercrunch Cheesecake Recipe.
I love Butterfinger candy bars, this recipe is pretty close.

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Thought for Today –

Smile if you want a smile from another face.

If you smile at someone, they might smile back.

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Love this early spring, Steven and Becca

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Day 25, Handled Them

Snake handles on the Water Vessel
Put handles on the large water vessel and carved them to look like snakes.

When finishing the pot, it reminded me off something you would see in India or someplace like that. The idea of snakes coming out of the top seemed to fit pretty nice. It added a layer of intrique to the vessel. It’s a large pot made of terracota clay. The darker clay will make it a little bit more interesting when it comes time to glaze.

 

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