Large Fruit Bowls

A request for two matching fruit bowls, this is always a challenge. So Steven and I both headed out to the studio to see if we could get to bowls to match. We started with 7 lb chunks of Porcelain clay. The object is to get two bowls that are very close in size and shape. Here is the first days try. We both threw two bowls and as you can see they did not quite match. Today is another day and another try.

Large Fruit Bowl
Throwing 4 Large Fruit Bowls

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Grand Canyon Skywalk

I made it to the Grand Canyon and walked out onto the Skywalk at the West Rim. Owned and managed by the Hualapai Tribe and located on tribal lands, consists of a horseshoe shaped steel frame with glass floor and sides that projects about 70 feet (21 m) from the canyon rim. I thought it would be a bit more intimidating than it was, however the sights were indeed fabulous. I am not one for heights, but I did manage to walk around and get some good photos just fine. We also hiked the Guano Point trail at Grand Canyon West! Getting site of the Grand Canyon as close as can be atop an old Guano Mine. Guests can hike the side trail to the mine or they can go up and over the rocky hill and see the spectacular sights. All in all we had a great time, visiting with friends and just relaxing.

Grand Canyon Shywalk
Rita and I on the Skywalk


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Day 40, Wrap it Up

I am wrapping up the 40 Day pottery challenge. It was quite a feet. Spending everyday in the pottery studio. I did get a lot accomplished, over 50 new pieces made. I did not get them all glazed, however I do have a sizeable amount to keep company busy when visiting this year.
It never fails that guests show up wanting to paint pottery and have it ready to go home with them in a few days.

As you now know, it takes at least two weeks to make, dry, bisque, glazed and fire. And that is if everything goes as planned. So it’s nice to have a bit  on hand for those suprise visitors.


Pottery Coffee Mugs
You can never have too many coffee mugs.
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Day 39, Large Water Vessel

Large Watter Vessel
The bottom of the jug is glazed with art deco green. The top is mocha with add lines of paprika and added crystals .
Water Vessel
Art Deco Green with Mocha and Paprika . Green reactive crystals.

Sometimes you just have to keep working on a piece until you get a desired shape.

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Day 37, Unloading the Kiln

Bird Feeder
Just the right size for the little chickadees.

I know it looks a bit odd. But looking interesting is what this life is all about.  How do we really know what the birds like if we don’t give it a try.
The piece is solid with plenty of overhang to keep the rain from coming in.
Lots of room for a few birds at a time and glazed with earthy tones that just might attract them to it.

Inside of the Bird Feeder
Solid, not too slippery and glazed with earthy colors.
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Day 34, Glazed Horse Plate

Picture of the finished glazed piece. A textured plate with a horse embossed in the center. It’s a pretty good sized platter. Well suited for serving cake and cookies on. Ok it would do just a well with crackers and cheese, or a nice fruit plate.
The ends of the plate as you can see, curled a bit in the drying process.
Not quite the flat plate I started out to get. It justs adds to the character of the piece.

Glazed Horse Platter
Glazed with Ancient Jasper and a coat of Celedon Sky blue over the top.

I do have to admit, I did not spend all day in the pottery. We glazed up a few so we can fire the klin again and I baked a cake. Have you ever heard of Herman. Well he is a sour dough starter that you keep in the refrigerator growing. You feed him every five days, and you use him to make wonderful cakes, breads and cookies. Today we made cake.

Herman Bundt Cake
Cake made from a Herman sour dough starter.
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