Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kennedy Creek Pottery - part 2

In the last post I said we had good food, I should elaborate just a bit. Friday night Maggie made a beautiful chicken salad and beside it sat an apple crisp Dave put together along with a loaf of homemade wheat bread. The next day a crock pot sat on the counter teasing our taste buds with a delicious pot roast and Sunday morning Suzanne made tasty French toast and on the side I had more apple crisp. Memories get cemented in when you involve all the senses.
This was a photo at Dave's wheel, all the clay clippings.

Out in the studio I got to make a whimsical and wonderful bird house. The pattern is a Kennedy Creek original with texture and many surprise elements. This bird house is for my garden and will attract someone next year. Maggie generously will take it though the rest of the process for me then I will show you the finished piece sometime in the future. If you are like me and have to own one you can order it here take a peek.
We also made little houses tall and small. It all started with a magical tool called an extruder. In goes the clay and with a pull of a lever a hollow tube of clay comes out. We cut it to length and were shown how to roof it. Maggie and I made some towers that are cut to hold a small tea light. I made my house the same way. I love candles and can hardly wait to see it flicker to life.
 Maggie shows us how to get started.
 She is holding the hollow tube. Can you tell this is NOT a candid shot, sorry girls.
 We are all working hard. I had to photoshop myself in - I get the good smile hee hee-.
My little house candle holder below will be a nice dark blue with a natural roof and door, the bird will be black.
 Spud took Maggie and I for a walk to the creek at the bottom of his property.
 This tree exemplifies perseverance. It was cut down a very long time ago, you can still see the spring board notches and yet out of the top of the stump grows four or five new trees. And the color of moss and lichen are outstanding.
 Spud accidentally rolled this little Salamander, Maggie set him right and in a safe place.
 We worked the rest of the day and into the early evening, we were so excited about everything we had learned we just couldn't stop.
 Some of Debi's house's
A shot of our fun tipsy village. After they are finished and the glazes are fired they will look altogether different. It will be a little while but I will show you the results latter.


Robin Olsen said...

Ohhh I love these little villages and Spud too! What a great sounding weekend!

Anonymous said...

Oh that looks so fun. I think I need Maggie to teach me how to do some of that. Love the dog too. I think I might just move in. :)

Talie said...

Fantastic...can't wait to see them either.

LouiseB said...

Hello Tory,
You all look like your having a fantastic time.
The little houses are very cute.
I love the bird house.
I'm glad you had tons of fun with
good friends.

Dayna Collins said...

I love love love these little leaning houses!