The eclipse experience was pretty nifty at our cabin in Montana. But a couple of days prior to that event, Brenda was up early and took this picture...the two reflections of the sun rising is pretty cool but that little dot in the left...that's the moon...very cool. This is our "everyday" view across Lake Hebgen. The view is of Horse Butte. I of course do not get up this early.
After the fun and games of a vacation, we drove the 16 hours (or so) to home...I worked in the studio the next day and got my materials box ready to head off to Reno for three days of glaze workshop with John Britt. Great three days...and the results... well some of them anyway... were very good. Others, well...let's just call them "interesting" and then perhaps I'll shut up...
...of course I wont. This was my lab partner's work. Gary didn't do anything wrong. The kiln didn't do him any favors...but it's a bubbly glaze that the class was going to use as an example of some ingredient. The tests unfortunately bubbled so violently that they fused a number (as in lots of) of folks tests together in these sharp and jaggedy objects. We were reminded that crying was not allowed by our instructor. While interesting from a "what not to do" standpoint, and perhaps as a "how cool is that"...I don't think these will be retested here at LickinFlames anytime soon...as in maybe ever (or never).
Every so often I get out of the studio and head to a cabin in Montana. This year I spent time with the Grandsons, Odin and Amon.
While I'm with them I get to think in a completely different way...I'd better or they get in front of me and it all falls apart...fast? energetic? fun? ...all of that and more.
We went on a picnic, rode in a boat for the first time, swam in the lake, helped Grampie on special projects, read books, colored, painted, ate a bunch...and we saw Bison...lots and lots of Bison.
And then they left...and then it was quiet.
In just a few days I'll be back in the studio and working towards a couple of studio shows and a local group show (all on the We're on the Road page of the web site). If you want to get email about those shows, let me know through our Contact Page.
...and how do you like those matching shirts. He's doesn't quite understand the "bling" part of the shirt, he just likes that's it's like mine. I'll take what I can get.
Lickinflames is known for making special yarn bowls, shawl pins and closures along with a line of mugs, plates and wall decor. Lickinflames is proud of it's 45 year history of making pottery using raku, obvara and feather decorations. The beautiful patterns created by saggar firing, especially tin foil saggar simply fascinating. All the work is handmade using stoneware clay.