a minimally punctuated, happy blog .....documenting my journey as an artist.....or is it my journey towards being an artist...or my artistic journey that is running parallel to life...and family...and motherhood....and...and...and......am i there yet?
i think about it. i don't just do it. sometimes i do. but not enough. it's hard to not be tied to the outcome. lots of the time you want it to be awesome without taking the steps it takes to be awesome. and i think we could be talking about all sorts of things. not just art.
i have a new glazing technique that i mentioned a few posts ago ....
my pieces end up being fired four times instead of the usual two.
i tried it on some wobbly vases ... and now on a big platter......
i think it is glorious and well worth the effort......
(that cracker is for size reference ... it was handier than a quarter or penny_
we'll see how glorious i think it is .... you'll know by whether i do lots more like this ... or not many ... it's harder/longer/more work than what i usually do ..... do i love it enough for that not to wear me out? we'll see. what do you think? worth the extra effort?
i had a birthday in early may. when we went to yo yo ma's for hibachi birthday dinner, this was my fortune cookie. i loved it.
actually. i just lied to you. that was not my fortune cookie's fortune. i didn't like mine. so i traded it. "dibs on your fortune" works when it is your birthday. i traded for boy.beck.artist's ... no good ... then i traded for girl.beck.artist's .. not great ... then i traded for little.e.beck.artist's ... not right .... and then i finally put dibs on mr.e.beck.artist's ... and this was his .... you will travel to exotic places. perfect. i want that one. he willingly gave it up. luckily, we'll do all our exotic traveling together!
what do you do when you don't like your fortune cookie fortune? act more mature than i do, perhaps?
my pottery style is rarely busy or fussy or difficult .... it is usually about a happy process and an easy glazing technique. but not so much lately. for these pieces they were super fussy, busy to make ... and then i fired them four times (that's twice too many) .... once to become bisque ... once to fire the solid underglazes... once to fire a black underglaze wash ... and once more for a final clear glaze. oh my. i love the way the colors came out ... now to sort out what else i want to make and use my oh.so.long glazing process.
i am a fitbit addict. i'm not sure i've ever discussed that on this blog. my fitbit and exercise and walking are currently more pervasive in my life than making art.... but just bigger than *making* art. i still think about art as much as usual. especially on walks.
i walk down a windy road every day at least once. lately, since the weather had been lovely, i've been doing it every morning and every evening. EVERY time i notice this plant. the leaves are giant.... don't know what it is. don't know if someone thinks of it as a weed ... it's in an untended spot ... growing wild and free ....
so i always think about plucking a few leaves and doing rubbings of them ... or pushing them into some clay ... i love them and want to remember them. so i took a picture. though, hopefully, one day on the way to pottery, i hope to remember them and pluck some on my way .... a leaf bowl would help me remember how much i love seeing these giant leaves every day.
do you see ordinary things every day and still notice them? there's lots of stuff i don't notice. but these leaves are standouts. there are as eye popping to me as the foxes i sometimes see.
what do you see?
i super love this pottery piece. love. it was fired three times. once bisque. once with a magical wash of turquoise underglaze. and then the finale with mexican point green. that turquoise underglaze peeking through is just fab to me. i love it. this is my favorite piece i've made in a long time. yay.
and as of this post .... it has been gifted away to a girlfriend and a church lady gift swap. fun!
i have loads of little joys in my life ... do you? well ... i'm sure you do. but are you aware of them? here's my locker at pottery. 113. tie dyed. mostly red. with a double pipe cleaner for the lock. the combination to the lock is three twists to the left. it's very tricky and does well keeping thieves out.
i am elizabeth beck.....happy mom, happy wife, happy artist.......mediocre cook....lousy laundress.......just make do housekeeper......queen game player.....avid reader......unashamed reality tv fan..... avid, yet below average, tennis player .....