Friday, February 25, 2011

Rainy Friday

We had a fun, though way too brief, visit from friends from Atlanta. both incredible artists. Susan does pheomenal stained glass and Michelle is a clay artist. So I got a day off!!! Hopefully they got enough of a peak at Seagrove to come back soon and spend more time. And maybe bring our friend Kathy back with them too:)

I've been in a bird state of mind. Today it may be leaves though.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sushi Making in Seagrove

Who says there's nothing to do in Seagrove?? Many thanks to Hitomi Shibata for organizing a sushi making workshop at our house. George & Mayumi Yamazawa (and Mama-san) came from Durham to teach a group of use to make Maki sushi. Yamazawa-san owns Yamazushi Authentic Japanese Cuisine in Durham and has been learning pottery making in Seagrove with David Stuempfle.

A goup of us gathered to learn just how to make sushi rice and how to roll an authentic Maki roll. This was such a fun day, and it is not as easy as you might think it is.

We practiced pressing and pushing the rice on the granite and then moved on to trying it on the nori. What fun and enlightenment.
By the time we were done with our lesson we had many, many, many cucumber and tuna rolls. Everyone also brought an Asian dish to share as a potluck to go with the sushi. It was a feast.
I can guarantee I'll be making sushi for dinner at home. And I will so be looking forward to visiting Yamazushi. This is authentic Japanese food with a few exceptions for Americans (dragonrolls, etc), but don't be expecting any cream cheese in your sushi here! And go to the website and see what a wonderful menu they offer. What a great way to start off the week!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spring is in the Air, but March will coming marching in!

Boy is it difficult staying inside! It is so nice out there. We played in the paddle boat on the pond this weekend and that is just what I want to go and do today!  But I am staying at the bench, the Catawba Valley Pottery Festival will be here before we know it. Well, I might go home a little early. After all you can find a lot of inspiration in playing with nature. Today I have been making bird themes...songbird pins and roosters too. They are in the tumbler and will have patina applied and stones set tomorrow. Pendant and pins have been my mode the past couple of days.

Oh, and how could I forget! I am doing bolo ties now too. I have had requests for them over the years and finally have done some. I will make some women's also. You think western wear will go over in NC??

I have a new look on my website now and I hope you will go take a look and let me know what you think of it. I also have an  up to date page of jewelry currently available to purchase now.

I am hoping my new thermocouple will come. My kiln is loaded with stones I hope to be fitting into my Best of Kiln category. you never know till they come out though. It really stinks to glaze, load and turn on the kiln only to have it not work! So stay tuned for some hopefully really cool stones to be coming out to be new jewelry! Now I am going to look for some tutorials on making images go where you want them on your blog!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Craziest, Most Difficult Customer? Wanna Play?

Anyone Want to Play? Tell  your story of your strangest or craziest customer interaction??

I have one to beat the band (and everything else you can imagine), but don't want to play alone! If you'll share I will and maybe we can write a column or a book!

I have so many fabulous customers-friends out there. I am lucky to have not had many, if any,  weird interactions and I LOVE my customers/clients/friends, and so you all will probably like this one or, at the very least, find it unbelievable.

Just a hint 56 emails! Let me know, this could be fun! Hide the names to protect the guilty too! Here or by email!