Monday, April 27, 2009

Busy as a turnip...

It seems like it has been quite a while since I posted on here, but I don’t guess it has been that long. I guess it seems longer since I have been so busy, unfortunately not so much with studio time. Not to say that the time hasn’t been productive; just not as productive in the way I would like it to be. I have been doing an awful lot of teaching lately. I am booked almost solid for subbing between now and the end of the year. That’s right, I am…SUB-MAN! Wherever there are teachers (within 30 minutes of my house) that are sick, busy or just too damn tired of their students, I’ll be there! Good for the pocket book, not so much for the potter.

I have also been busy with other endeavors more closely related to pottery. Last Thursday I did a pottery demonstration for the grade school in my home town. It is a pretty small school (34 students K-8th), but that made it easier for everyone to see. The students appeared to enjoy the demo. They had never really worked with clay before, so it was something new for them. While prepping for the demo I also got a little time in the studio to work on some stuff for an upcoming mother’s day sale.

These are some 2 pound vases. The tallest one is about 8 inches. They will get some sgraffito decoration later this week.

And this stuff will (hopefully) get glazed so I can get a glaze fire done this Friday.

Speaking of surface decoration, here is my newly painted studio. It used to be a rather unsavory dark green color which didn’t exactly match the house. It still needs another coat of paint along with some other things, but it is on its way. Between this, the yard, the garden and a grass fire I had a pretty interesting weekend. Maybe things will slow down some this week...but what fun would that be?

And here is a little segment I'm going to call "This week on Rob's playlist," where I will feature a different musician/group from the depths of my cd collection. This week it is going to be Hank Williams III. Hank III is the son of Hank Jr., grandson of Hank Sr. and one of the finest country music singers out there right now. He sings good old fashion country; more like his grand daddy than his dad. And don't overlook his hellbilly fare; country music with more than a dash of thrashy punk. AND (that's right, there's more) for you truely hardcore folks there is always AssJack, his thrash metal side project. Good stuff. He is probably my favorite musician as of right now.


  1. Just finished glazing last night - least favorite part of the process, though I'm really trying to change my mindset. I think I feel that way because I leave the glazing till the last minute and it feels like homework or cramming or something else than enjoyable.

    I've decided to let my sub license lapse next fall. It expires in November and I'm done - can't do it anymore. But, it's been a good ride and I'm glad I did it. More power to you!

  2. Thanks Gary, yours too. I especially like the teapot with the teapot knob and the elephant goblet mugs. Good stuff!

    Cynthia - I have never really been fond of glazing, but now it seems more difficult as I don't really like the glazes I have. I am trying to figure out how to make them work for me, but it is taking a while. And I absolutely hate having to paint on glaze. It jst bothers the heck out of me. Oh well. There are worse things in life.

  3. OOOh, I just came upon your blog and saw you did a barrel fring which is dear to my heart and something I have been dabbling in recently. Your results look wonderful. Off to read more of your blog, thanks so much. What a beautiful display of pots.