Particular stones are gathered from the beaches of cape cod Massachsetts in order to create these amazing pieces.
In my efforts to collect beach stones I have ventured out over last year, in some pretty chilly weather. Bundled up with winter coat, water boots and earmuffs during the late fall and early spring, and during the summer it quickly changes to shorts, tee shirt and flip flops ( my favorite) . Below is a picture of my rock collecting gear, include bucket, water boots, sunglasses, head band, pales, and bags….I do look interesting.
It has been a wonderful summer, full of great weather, great friends and quite a few trips to the beach….my new office. Trips to the “office” have a purpose other than soaking up the waves and sun. My new work requires a lot of beach stones, the more the better. There are certain specs that have to be met, before I toss them in the sand pail. Flat-oval-thin. Black, white, green, or red. Occasionally a stray stone, one considered “amazing” will find its way to the pail.
My new obsession is just an extension to my old beach combing days. I felt a sense of urgency last week, as the water and weather will be getting colder, and it will not be a place for flip-flops for another 6 months.
It took nearly a year of sketching, day dreaming, imagining and collecting “just the right beach stones”, but we finally have it. I am quite happy with how things turned out. Each piece was thrown on the wheel, trimmed, carved and worked on to create a channel. Then each was burnished, fired, glazed inside only and fired again. The finishing touches are placed in the channel when complete.
It amazes me how fast the year goes by. In the pottery world, when preparing for shows, we have to plan months ahead of time. We generally don’t fire our kiln unless it can be fully loaded, as it would be a waste of energy otherwise. We have to make our work, trim our work and let our work dry. (depending on the weather conditions, this could take over a week.) We then do our first firing, called the bisque. After that work cools, we then prepare and glaze our work for the second firing. If all goes well, we then pack our work for our next show or for gallery sales.
Here we are staring the Holiday Season in the face and I am certainly not ready. I have 3 small shows to prepare for, and several galleries that need stocking.
leries and shows. There will definitely be a few special added treasures as well.
Spring. We wait and wait all winter in hope that spring will come sooner than later. Well for here in the North East and much of the country, spring is having a difficult time arriving.
Many of us tend to look into our seed and flower catalogs (or on line) with high hopes. I to, wonder what the possibilities will be. New plantings, replacement plants, mulch , a of coarse weeds.
Over the winter I created some interesting pinch pots. I loved them, but what can they be used for? During a recent trip to my local garden center I spied some air plants being displayed in assorted containers, and I thought….of coarse. Perfect!