Monday, May 23, 2011

Adam Ant

Went to a gig last night. Not something I do a lot, but when I heard Adam was back on stage and was coming to a venue near me. Well I just couldn't resist.
This is how I remember him.



He now looks like this.




I'm thinking....Nae bad. he's looking a bit Johnny Depp at the moment.
Anyway the Gig was fab. Had such a good time.
Here's some video's from the tour.





Saturday, May 14, 2011

100 done or not

I found this list 100 list on a pottery blog. Seemed like fun

1. Started your own blog YES

2. Slept under the stars SURE

3. Played in a band NOPE

4. Visited Hawaii NOT YET

5. Watched a meteor shower YES

6. Given more than you can afford to charity YES

7. Been to Disneyland NOPE

8. Climbed a mountain NOPE, Big hill yes

9. Held a praying mantis YES

1O.Sang a solo YEP

11.Bungee jumped NO

12.Visited Paris YES

13.Watched a lightning storm at sea YES

14.Taught yourself an art from scratch YEAH

15.Adopted a child NO

16.Had food poisoning YEP

17.Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty NOPE

18.Grown your own vegetables SURE

19.Seen the Mona Lisa in France YES

20.Slept on an overnight train YES

21.Had a pillow fight YES

22.Hitch hiked NOPE

23.Taken a sick day when you’re not ill NOPE

24.Built a snow fort YEP

25.Held a lamb YES

26.Gone skinny dipping NOPE

27.Run a Marathon NEVER WILL

28.Ridden in a gondola in Venice NOPE

29.Seen a total eclipse NOPE

30.Watched a sunrise or sunset YES BOTH

31.Hit a home run NOPE

32.Been on a cruise YEP

33.Seen Niagara Falls in person NOPE

34.Visited the birthplace of your ancestors YES

35.Seen an Amish community NOPE

36.Taught yourself a new language YES

37.Had enough money to be truly satisfied Sometimes, but not for long

38.Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person NOPE

39.Gone rock climbing NOPE

40.Seen Michelangelos David Don't think so

41.Sung karaoke On the Wii

42.Seen Old Geyser erupt NO

43.Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant NO

44.Visited Africa Yep, Gambia

45.Walked on a beach by moonlight YES

46.Been transported in an ambulance No

47.Had your portrait painted No

48.Gone deep sea fishing YES

49.Seen the Sistine Chapel in person NO

50.Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris NO

51.Gone scuba diving or snorkeling YES

52.Kissed in the rain YES

53.Played in the mud YES

54.Gone to a drive-in theater No, but did try to.

55.Been in a movie NO

56.Visited the Great Wall of China NO

57.Started a business YEP

58.Taken a martial arts class yep

59.Visited Russia NO

60.Served at a soup kitchen NO

61.Sold Girl Scout Cookies NO

62.Gone whale watching No, Dolphin watched yep.

63.Got flowers for no reason YES

64.Donated blood, platelets or plasma YES

65.Gone sky diving NO

66.Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp NO

67.Bounced a check NO

68.Flown in a helicopter NO

69.Saved a favorite childhood toy YES

70.Visited the Lincoln Memorial NO

71.Eaten Caviar YES

72.Pieced a quilt YES

73.Stood in Times Square, on New Year's Eve NO

74.Toured the Everglades NO

75.Been fired from a job NO

76.Seen the Changing of the Guards in London Nope

77.Broken a bone NOPE

78.Been on a speeding motorcycle YES

79.Seen the Grand Canyon in person NOPE

80.Published a book Nope

81.Visited the Vatican No

82.Bought a brand new car No

83.Walked in Jerusalem No

84.Had your picture in the newspaper YES

85.Read the entire Bible No

86.Visited the White House NO

87.Killed and prepared an animal for eating YES, do snails count?

88.Had chickenpox YES

89.Saved someone’s life No

90.Sat on a jury NO

91.Met someone famous Possibly

92.Joined a book club Yep

93.Lost a loved one YES

94.Had a baby YES

95.Seen the Alamo in person NO

96.Swam in the Great Salt Lake NO

97.Been involved in a law suit YES

98.Owned a cell phone YES

99.Been stung by a bee YES

100.Read a book in one day YES, Many times.


I'm researching doing Earthenware single firing, if anyone has any knowledge to impart please send it my way.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Camping

I went Camping!!! In April!!!! Had a fantastic weekend up in Fortrose. It was very relaxing (read 2.5 books), spent a couple of evenings watching the dolphins off Chanery points (walking distance from Camp site), had a lovely drive up the coast through Golspie, Dornoch up to the Helmsdale area, had lunch in the grounds of Dunrobin Castle and found a couple of cool charity shops.

Dolphin Watching - so very cool.




My Sauerkraut is ready and almost half eaten already. Absolutely yummy and very, very easy to make. Going to be starting a new jar any day now.

Pottery classes have begun again. :o) I'm working on some wine tumblers for my house, a present for my Mother's birthday, plus getting some of my birds glazed and finishing off various projects from last term. No pics at the moment, but I did glaze my Skulls Salt pig the other week. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

P. bought a new kiln, it was a bargain and much closer to being ready for installation than the last one she had. So we're building and throwing as much as we can with the red earthenware clay. Kiln will take a fare bit to fill, so we need some full shelves.
Recently I've made more bowls (various sizes), tumbler, bottle, pears (using double pinch pots, they're going to be a reed incense jar and a sugar bowl), lidded pig jar, Rabbit Statuette etc etc. Can't begin to tell you how much I love working with clay. Here's a few pics of some of my red clay items. They're all Greenware, which means they haven't been fired yet.






I have a new aspiration, or maybe it's not new, maybe I have been heading this way for a while and all it took to come to the forefront of my mind was a little visual stimulation.
I wish I could share my visual stimulation with you. I found it here. Basically this is a link to a book called The Potter's Studio Handbook: A Start-to-finish Guide to Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics by Kristin Muller. In the first few pages it has a picture of her kitchen cupboard full of handmade tumblers, mugs, bowls, side plates and dinner plates. The Eureka moment happened and I thought...That's exactly what I want. I want to be using my pottery for my kitchen, eating out of, drinking out of, mixing in and baking in my own handmade pottery. So watch this space. So far I have a plate and a mug in general everyday use.