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Another Watercolor

This is a watercolor I just finished of my Grandmother, my mother’s mother. The stamps I used were from my fathers collection and I picked out some old ones that related to her. Two are of Eleanor Roosevelt since she lived through the depression, one is a campfire girls stamp (my mom was their only child) and a register to vote since she would have been a young woman during the woman’s suffrage movement in 1920. I also included an Atlanta Braves envelope on the watercolor since she loved Dale Murphy and the Atlanta Braves. That also is addressed to K and H Royal Tires. Charles Kitchen is my godfather.

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Recent Watercolor

This is a watercolor I just finished of my Grandfather, my mother’s dad. The stamps used were from my fathers collection and I picked out some old ones. Several are 3 cents, an air mail one is 6 cents, and a special delivery one is 16 cents. One postmark says 1940.

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Ceramic Chess Set

Ceramic Chess Set

Recently I finished my half of a chess set I am making with a student. Here is a photo of the finished pieces. The are glazed a light purple using a Meloy Stoney glaze underneath and a blue celadon on top. The complete set will end up being about 36 inches wide.

Pawns

One of students named Tony wanted to do a collaborative project over the summer so we decided to do a chess set. Today I threw 10 pawns for one side of the chess board.  I used 1 pound of clay and the base is about 3 1/2 inches wide and they are about 4 1/4 inches tall. I made two extra in case there is a crack, glaze defect, or other irregularity.

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I recently made 42 small bud vases, 14 medium size bowls, and 50 wide bottomed coffee cups.

 

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42 Bud Vases

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14 Medium Bowls

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Getting ready to glaze some bowls and coffee cups.

I love working in my new studio.  So far this summer I have throw 100 coffee cups. Fifty of them have a wide flat bottom which I have never made before.  I own a few of these myself - cups by Josh Manning, Jeff Diehl, and Jim Connell. I love using them especially when riding in a car as they are not tipsy.  I have also been working on some of my collector series pieces using found objects and clay.  Here is a photo of some in progress. The bottom right piece has a doll and a toy horse I found on our farm. It has a theme of a little girl growing up. The middle bottom piece is made of tools that my grandfather owned that I inherited after he passed away. The top right piece has a lot of discarded ceramic earrings that Linda and I made over 25 years ago. The middle top piece has over 20 thimbles that my grandmother used. These pieces will hang on a wall and for me are like tree burls.

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The Studio is Complete

Our studio was completed in mid – December and we started moving in by December 20th.  This is a picture of me working in the 2nd Floor on some watercolors I had started in China.  Linda recently made 9 platters in the ceramic studio (1st floor) and I made 20 wall planters and 11 wall sculptures for my collector series.  We are still getting a feeling for the space, rearranging and organizing. 

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