One of the things I miss most is not being able to go to the pottery studio because of the pandemic. Fleisher Art Memorial is reopening its open pottery studio program in the fall (with safety precautions). I am looking forward to returning.
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.
Boris (dreaming of drumsticks) wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving,
Boris wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving.
This week was quite a week. I drove up to Boston to pick up a friend and her dog Benji to bring them to Philadelphia for a visit. Benji is a Yorkshire Terrier who has a thing for stealing glasses and chasing cats.
Benji the terror and cat chaser
Benji the glasses thief.
Boris spent the week in the basement with his toys and food. An attempted meeting betwen Benji and Boris was a disaster. Only then did we learn that Benji is a cat chaser.
I got lost in the Big Dig tunnel in Boston after I dropped Benji and his human companion back at their apartment. So I got a tour of downtown Boston which has changed immensely since Benji’s human companion and I were students at Emerson College.
We were able to get together with a third friend from Emerson before I drove back. We were so young when we first met. Now we are grandmothers.
Boris has reclaimed his house now that Benji the cat chaser is gone.
I’ll start with the bad news. Boris broke the Picasso Vase! He was flinging himself to the top of his cat tree to claim a treat and everything between him and the treat was, shall we say, fodder for collateral damage. He got the treat and the vase hit the floor. I repaired the vase today with some 23k gold leaf and epoxy (Kintsugi) and might still put it in the Fleisher Art Memorial’s 2018 Student Show. We shall see.
In the meantime, I have been working on soliciting auction and goody bag donations for Clayathon 2018. There are going to be some wonderful items this year and one-third of the auction proceeds go to The Center for Pediatric Therapies and Ron Lehockey’s heart pin project.
I donated some pottery last year and it was pretty popular so I decided to contribute two lidded vessels to this years’ auction.
The vessel on top is screen printed with underglazes and the lower one is painted with underglazes. The vessels are hand built using the tarpaper technique.
Here’s a picture of the vessels before they were painted and a picture of the finished vessel I showed you in the tarpaper technique post. I call it the Sassy Box and plan to make some mug handles with the same design as the handle on the Sassy Box lid.
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.
Sometimes Boris comes down to the workshop to “help” me but usually he ends up jumping into his Sleepy Box and napping. I have two rock tumblers going at present and they don’t seem to bother him. Nor does the soldering, sawing, hammering, banging and other assorted sounds I make.
I pulled out boxes of metal and polymer scraps and am trying my hand at making metal boxes with lids. I am also tumbling a summer’s worth of porcelain beads and pendants that I made at The Clay Studio. I am rooting through my tools and hardware for items to use in the mixed media sculpture class I am taking at Fleisher. I found some 6 gauge copper wire at a house sale and I am making huge jump rings with it. I am finishing some old projects little by little and trying a few new things. I am not the one sleeping in the workshop!