Back in February (or so) we started to work with a Product Manager at Houzz.com on this project. We had to jump through a lot of hoops behind the scenes to make sure that we could deliver what we promised.
We learned a lot of "stuff" through the process and we have been able to carry that "stuff" through to other products in out studio.
Along the way (and quickly in the timeline) we knew we needed a new website. The Houzz project helped nudge us to work with Weebly to build this new website. We also needed to become more independent with respect to our photography...so all that is now done in-house...and remember that the "house" is just two people so one us/I got to learn to take much better photos.
All together, the project has been really fun. We like the results.
Yesterday I fired obvara. I spent a bit more than two hours opening and closing the kiln and some of the results were very cool. I think I can duplicate the "halo" of color around the blackened areas in the top ornament...we'll try it again in the next batch of firing.
Of course today, as my legs are throbbing, facing down a day of carbon painting is just a pain in the head to think about. Somebody's got to do it :-)
It wasn't the firing that created the pain in the legs. After firing and before washing the work in the evening, Mr. Brilliant (that would be me with a tongue in the cheek) decided that weed clearing would be a great thing to do. Two hours of that and the yard looks pretty much like it did when I started...weeds are subtle.
The ornaments are new to us. Brenda and I have a totally different look in mind but with the obvara "goo" being ready I decided to try them. I like them...a lot.
Today I will try a few with carbon painting.
New feathers came in yesterday...should make the day even more interesting.
Remember it's high fire season...I wet the area (okay I drench it) prior to starting the kiln and then between batches if patches become dryish...the hose is on the entire time with a spray handle. All this just adds to the drama.
I'm always a bit more than amazed at the array of "stuff" that I find interesting. This, that, those and them are all candidates to find interesting. Sometimes I feel a if I'm like one of my dogs, Montana, who is a very "birdie" American Brittany...she's that dog who is walking down the path and suddenly....FLOWER...or...BEE and so forth. I do get distracted easily.
I was out walking around the property looking for a place to shoot a "lifestyle" photo for one of our retailing partners and noticed that this dragon fly (a flame skimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) in case you're wondering) kept landing on the top of this metal star in our garden...it's almost as if he was saying, "catch me if you can." I could and I did.
Tomorrow I color wash a few pieces for the feather decorating and obvara firing later in the week. I laid out all the pieces and it's a bit more than I've done in the past...like way WAY more. Should be an interesting day. The obvara goo is bubbling away...it will be a great batch.
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