A Christmas Eve post this year.
Some pictures from around my neighborhood.
And back by popular demand, guest blogger Boris tells the story of how the Tabby got its “M”.
Who knew cats could cook? Not that Boris cooks. He expects to be waited on and is the type of cat who would have all the best take out places on speed dial if we let him have a phone. Which we don’t for obvious reasons.
But our bridge kitty Plumpton was quite a cook . In fact, one of this recipes was published.
Here is the recipe
I have never tried it and never made it for Boris. Even though I have an adventurous palate, I find some of the ingredients, well, a little off-putting.
We will not be making a turkey tomorrow because we will be delivering a cookbook to Boris’s penpals with whom we will be spending the day. Here he is posing with the cookbook.
On this Thanksgiving, Boris is thankful for friends, (especially his young penpals), for a safe and cozy home, and people who love him (even if we don’t feed him as often as he would like). What are you thankful for?
Boris (dreaming of drumsticks) wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving,
Boris wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving.
I’ve been participating in the #100DayProject on Instagram
trying to create something every day and post a picture. I’ve been working on projects, like making a set of mugs, rings for friends, painting my house, helping Boris write stories for the Step Potato and the Step Banana and numerous other things. I’m mixing batches of colored porcelain in my basement to add to thrown pieces and to make jewelry. I’m still puzzling out hollow polymer beads and strong magnetic closures. And doing some volunteer work with the Color Wheels project at Fleisher Art Memorial. Here are some pictures
Polymer beads in the oven
Boris admires his new mug
Throwing porcelain at The Clay Studio
Mixing colored clay
Color Wheels: Gelli prints at the East Passyunk Rec Center
More polymer beads
Colored porcelain pendant with gold embellishment.
I made a menorah for my stepson and his family to welcome them into their new home. The shape of the menorah was inspired by a vase I was working on (still unfinished) and I used the tar paper technique of hand building ceramic shapes that I described earlier in the year.
Here are some construction pictures. The menorah is hollow.
And here is a picture of the final product after bisque firing and glazing.
Ever wonder what happens if you give a cat a dreidel? If he’s Boris he’ll play for treats and clean you out.
Here’s hoping you find whatever it is you’re looking for this Spring!
Boris was not the inspiration for this figurine although I have been taking a figure drawing class and drawing Boris for practice. No, he does not pose for me. What cat would? But he is good for ten nanosecond poses and gesture drawing. Sculpting a cat figurine sounded like a a fun idea. I have sculpted two cats before, but both were in polymer. Now that I have access to a pottery studio, I decided to try my hand at making a terra cotta cat which is a horse of a totally different hue.
Here are the preliminary stages of the figurine. You have to be careful not to leave any air bubbles in the clay. Small ones will probably dry closed but big ones can explode in the kiln. And unless all the clay is thoroughly dry inside and out, there is a danger of explosion in the kiln.
Here is where I started adding character. You will note that the cat looks well fed. In fact, I had to make his tummy hollow to insure that the clay would dry and that the figurine would not weigh a ton. I made an air hole underneath the figurine, wrapped it in plastic, and when the clay was hard enough, I put the puss on two sticks so air would reach the hole and dry inside. I put the figurine aside and forgot about it for a few weeks as it dried out slowly-the best way to prevent cracking. I did some painting with underglaze before putting the cat in the kiln. When he came out in one piece, the hard part was over,
I glazed the cat with matte clear glaze for the final firing. the white, orange, blue and other colors you see are the underglaze.
And here is the finished cat! His I.D tag, which is hard to see, says “Tiny.”
The resident art critic seems to approve.
I have to admit that I was very sad when I wrote last week’s post. But Boris is is coming out of his shell and worming his way into my heart. There is nothing like a kitten to beat the blues.
Plumpton used to hang out in my workshop and Boris seems interested in doing the same. It will be nice to have company s long as Boris behaves himself. But what are the chances of that?
He was fascinated with the pieces of baked polymer that I am playing around with for a wall piece I am making for a fund raiser for the Fleisher Art Memorial. Just the thing for a kitten to bat around.
Playing with the colors, shapes and textures inspired me to try a new earring design.
So it looks like Boris might be inspiring me! That’s good. I could use some inspiration right about now.