Wood Pile in spring

We burned just about every piece of wood last winter (in our stove) and decided not to wait until the last minute to buy some more. Sitting at a desk all day screams out for outdoor activity and when the purveyor of the wood offers to stack it, we always say “no thanks, we’ll do it”.

Once it is done, it feels like a grand achievement, which is ridiculous, but also makes sense.

WoodPile in spring


There is also a satisfaction in knowing we have wood for next winter this far ahead of time (occasionally one surprises oneself).

First Pottery Wheel – Candle Holder!

My wife and I recently took our first pottery class (involving the wheel — we had made other sculptures many times before) and it was very difficult, to say the least.

The lump of clay on the wheel is spinning, and in order to make anything of any use (let alone beautiful) one must keep it centered on the wheel, which is to say perfectly centered, so that one’s hands can shape the clay into a bowl or vase or cup, or a candle holder.

I was practicing my “coning” (raising the clay up as it spins, and then squishing it down into a hockey-pick share as it spins) and had inadvertently left a fat middle. Seeing this, the instructor said “Looks like you have a candle holder going there…”, and I took her advice immediately (a very good idea when one is a beginner…).

I really liked the way it turned out — it’s the one on the right in the photo below — and tried to create a second one to match it. This image was obviously after applying the glaze and before firing the pieces.

Candle Holders.vinchesi

As you can see, my attempt to do a second one did not work out well: I couldn’t keep it centered on the wheel, and the result really showed the bad results when this happens.

The cool thing about pottery is that the glaze really makes it look good in ways you just can’t predict.

Here is the final piece, I’m very happy with it!

Candle holder.Vinchesi