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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Artists Patrick & Cassie!

Here Patrick and I are cleaning the glaze off the bottom of our pieces. This is done so they won't meld to the floor of the kiln when they are fired. This was actually the last step we did.
These are the two pieces that we dipped in Woo Blue, a high heat glaze. They look red now, but once they are fired again they will be a really pretty blue.
Jade, who instructed us in the glazing process, was very knowledgeable. She's telling Pat that normally you don't want the tongs to hit the pottery like that, but because the opening is so small it can't be helped. So, after he's done dipping he will dab some glaze where it missed.
Here Patrick is dipping one of his pieces in the Woo Blue.
Who knew Woo Blue would start out red before firing? Not me!
Here I am trying my hand at dipping in the Woo Blue. (Gee I like saying that color!)
This is what our pottery looked like after the first firing and before we put the glaze on it. I was very conservative with my wheel work because I was afraid I'd ruin another pot. I used too much pressure on my first one and it flew to pieces and off the wheel! Patrick, on the other hand, seemed like a natural (our wheel instructor, Casey, said he was "golden" ) and his 2 pieces have much more character than mine. Can you guess which ones were made by whom?
Don't know how many of you are familiar with Groupon, but I have become a Groupon addict since returning to Phoenix. I have always loved a deal, and there are some excellent deals with Groupon. Thus far I've gotten:
  • Steaks for Patrick for half price at fab Phx. butcher, Hobe Meats.
  • Half price therapeutic massage at Movement Restoration.
  • Half price coupon for Nutty Guys. (haven't used this one yet)
  • Half price frozen yogurt at Yogurtology.
  • Half price classes at Desert Dragon Pottery for Pat & me.

Anywhooo,we took our pottery class a little over 3 weeks ago. (I was kicking myself that I forgot to take Patrick's camera.) It was so cool. I always wanted to try my hand at the pottery wheel. It is not near as easy as it looks folks. I envisioned making this fabulous creation, and in reality I turned out 2 canned shaped pots! It was lots of fun though and in about a month Patrick will pick up our finished products. If anyone out there is a ceramic artist my hat is off to you.

It's Wednesday, Humpday, so the week is half over! Blessings to all who pass this way.

love, Cassie

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shadow Shot #149 ~ The Super Moon

Last weekend was the "super moon". The night it was to be the brightest Phoenix had cloud cover so we couldn't even see it! Luckily, I took this photo with Patrick's camera the night before. The moon was pretty cool that night and I captured some shadows too.
For more Shadow Shots go visit our Aussie hostess, Tracy at Hey Harriet. Hope you're all having a good weekend. I'm getting over some sort of flu, so am resting up!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fabulous 50's & 60's Music!

Sorry I've been so bad about posting lately. I have lots of excuses for being a poor correspondent, taxes, been sick, been tired...none very good. Still no new camera. Believe it or not, I've been checking on the Internet to see if I could find a replacement for my same dear, little point and shoot camera. I keep getting "beat out" by the quick fingers on eBay. Phooey! My daughter has commented that I'm the only one on earth rejecting the newest technology for the old stuff. Hmmmm. I'm thinking maybe she's wrong, as I have just recently been turned on to this really cool website with some amazing oldies but goodies on it!! To Know Him Is To Love Him (I was 8 when this came out and I remember it!), The Old Lamplighter, Let It Be Me, The Wayward Wind, Sealed With A Kiss, Who's Sorry Now!!! Oh my goodness the songs of the 50's & 60's were so romantic and tuneful! Here is the link to the fabulous jukebox of blogger, Carolyn:
Thanks to my sweet Aunt Terry for sending me the email with this on it. Hope you all have a great week.
love, Cassie

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday #146

Pulling from my archives, this is a shot from the car on The Piestewa Freeway (AZ State Route 51) that I took in February. No new camera yet. I'm still mourning the passing of my old favorite. I hate change in some areas of my life...didn't know that about myself, but now I do. Oh well, I guess I'm an old fuddy duddy now.

For new Shadow Shots why not visit our hostess and friend Tracy at Hey Harriet? You'll be glad you did! Blessings to all who pass this way.
love, Cassie