Here they sit, the first in our 2009 series of ‘kiln gods’ or doggies or kitties.
Back when potters where more superstitious, they would make kiln gods while loading the kiln, to protect the pots in the load. John used to make these little guys when a boy in the vacant lot with his pals and brother. They called it Clay Mountain, almost prophetic. So when people ask him how long he’s been working in clay he sometimes answers, since I was 5.
Several years ago our grand-daughter, who spends alot of time with us in the summer while her mom works, fell in love with Land Before Time and we made so many Sharp Teeths and Little Foots and long necks that soon her Papa was making little dogs and cats, too.
This sweetie was actually watching over the four babies this past weekend during the show in Madison.
Success: We sold our first ikebana this weekend! This is going to be a great new product this year. She fell in love with it and bought it for her parents, who raise flowers and love to display them. She picked out my second favorite one from this firing: the green river glaze. My first is this, a matte black with bronze highlights.
This sweet ikebana has an intense chun blue glaze on it. One friend of ours, a collector, too, 😉 told me she thought the glaze was like a party: full of gaiety. I liked that so much I tell people all the time.