Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bisque kiln

Getting ready for another bisque kiln. Working full time at a new demanding but lovely job, and phrates leaving has left me little time or desire lately for posting. But Sat. with dear Becky's help, the kiln will be loaded. Tomorrow I will write the letters on my pots and plates. these will be letters to Phrates instead of my brother.

I have mr. i am big skull, two skull wall hangings, 12 small skulls, 6 plates, 6 or 8 pinched small bowls, one larger bowl and a i am a wild crazy bowl made from the leftover coils going in ...hopefully if all dries well. Plus a few other potters' work....

Monday, February 11, 2008

Remembering Phrates

My sweet cat Euphrates left the earth today at 4:25p. Until today, she determinedly and willfully withstood, what I can only imagine, a great deal of discomfort. She was a very strong cat. Having her liver cyst drained three times, and I feel after that, she said, no more. For the past three months I have watched her shrink to 1/4 of her weight, probably less. I let her know she could go over a month ago, and yet she hung in there. only yesterday did she begin to show me signs that it was time. And after that it all happened very quickly. I agonized that I would not know when, but she let me know very clearly it was time without any doubt, in fact to move quickly to help her move on with the Dr.s help, and for that I am grateful. In our final conversation, when she literally had no strength to move any longer, when her eyes were vacant, as I talked to her , she would gently move her tail talking to me. Such a gift to have her acknowledge and respond and tell me she loved me and will visit and will miss me. It is so sad saying goodbye to my little animal friend. And that she has been for the past 15 years. Hard to believe she has been with me since I was 24. Strong, sweet, clear, stubborn!, queen cat. You will be missed Euphrates.

A photo after her first draining--a little belly shaved a bit. probably taken in May 2007. She looks pretty pissed off about it too.
And then here is one taken a few weeks ago...

Saturday, February 9, 2008

New large skull emerges

I was nervous as this skull emerged. I am not used to working on such a large surface...the first one. But I am excited about it. Here is a photo.
And a side view of the butterfly detail...
His expression looks like how I was feeling...a bit nervous about it all and I feel sad today as my cat is having a hard day...feels like notch closer to not being here anymore...here is a photo of my little cat today. She did go outside for a bit, which is nice to have her still enjoy that time.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Dia de los Muertos Skulls

The skulls wanted to be larger. I thought I was making a larger bowl form, but I had the sense it wanted to be a large skull. (Listening to the clay is something again in my awareness because of a new blogger friend that I call artist traveler.)

So here is a photo of the form...next.... bringing it personality. So exciting!!

The skull next to it is a recent addition from the last kiln and is there for understanding the size of the larger skull...