A drop of food coloring in glaze

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It was a nice surprise when I dropped some food coloring into my glaze today.

 

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Oooooo…

 

 

Off to the kiln

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Time to go to the kiln!

As many of you know, I have to drive to my kiln. If you are a ceramicist, you know that moving unfired ceramics is a challenge.

 

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I don’t worry. If it breaks, it breaks. But I do hope for minimal casualties.

I cram all the pieces in as snug as possible.

 

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Some even between the two car seats.

 

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Some in little boxes with little Ikea blankets.

 

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And some get left behind.

Then we drive up North, about 40 minutes to Neil’s shop.

 

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And there’s the kiln. Only two things broke!

 

Warriors – Drawing with my kids

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My 5yo son had an idea to draw some warriors. He described them to me, that they would take up to 4 pages to make. He wanted me to draw one first.

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So I looked at his small warrior drawing (that he had just drawn) and used elements that he used.

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I drew the one to the far right. Then I asked him if he wanted me to do a very light outline for him and he said yes. So he drew the guy with one diamond on his chest, using elements from what I drew.

Then he wanted me to draw a couple more, so I did. He spent a long time on each guy. Working on a board on the floor (we have an ikea table top that we use for drawing/lego since we have carpet.) My 7yo daughter also made a warrior, using elements from the others. I like how she added paper for the hair.

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And we made a dragon. Looking at him now, I see that he looks a little French. Le Dragon.

I love co-drawing with my kids. There’s this wonderful back and forth inspiration. Many of my sculptures are inspired by art my son did that were inspired by art I did, and so on.

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