Sunday, March 18, 2012

15 years...

and still going!



Today is the hubster and my 15th anniversary so I figured that this pseudo-macro shot was most fitting.  We actually renew our vows each year (typically in a fairly low key manner, although there was a trip to the Little White Chapel Drive Through Tunnel of Love in Vegas one year), and have since our first anniversary.  Without going all mushcake, I'll just say that I am very very lucky!

I can't believe it's been weeks since my last post...or maybe I'm really not that surprised at all.  I took on what turned out to be a much more involved project than I anticipated...refinishing our kitchen cabinets.  It took 5 weeks of 6-10 hour weekend days but I'm finally done and my stress level has decreased exponentially!  I didn't realize how much it would bother me to have everything in the kitchen cabinets open and visible while I worked on the doors, but the clutter drove me crazy!

For the past 9 weeks I've also been taking a terrific ceramics class at a local university...it's my first time throwing on a wheel so I am definitely still very much in the beginner stages but at least things that I've made are worth hanging on to or gifting instead of smashing!


This gorgeous color came from a fortuitous mix of two red glazes (although the second red is actually more purple in my opinion) but unfortunately there's a little pinhole at the bottom of the bowl where the glaze didn't flow back in after it bubbled.


I seem to be most effective at making little jars/pots like these...


of course the only thing I really wanted to make is a giant coffee mug!  Maybe after the next round of 9 weeks I'll come away with one!

Now head on over to Studio Waterstone and check out all of the lovely close up shots from this week!

studio waterstone

23 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 15 year anniversary! Love the new work - the blue is absolutely divine :)

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  2. Happy Anniversary! So good to read about lasting love. After just 9 weeks, you made all that? The pieces are great, very professional looking, and I love that middle jar - the colours are lovely. Can't wait to see that coffee mug you'll be making :-)

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  3. adlinah- thank you! Actually the 3 pieces shown here I was able to make in the first 3 classes! I have 5 more pieces still in various drying/trimming phases and 3 more waiting to be loaded into the kiln for their glaze firing! My goal was to use all 25 pounds of clay in the 9 weeks but I still have a little left :)

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  4. Congrats on the class, it's looking good! But, HUGE congrats on the Anniversary. Hope the day was everything anyone could ask for! :)

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  5. Actually, when I buy pottery, it's almost always little jars and bowls as you have shown here. I love them--these have such unique shapes and colors! You can never have too many of these! :-)

    Congrats and best wishes on the anniversary too! Thanks for sharing all your good news with us! --Sharyl

    P.S. Yes, cabinets, I know! Hope you like them now!

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  6. congratulations on a most beautiful achievement - wishing you a day, nay a life, of love and joy...

    i so love throwing on the wheel - it is very addicting, isn't it?

    your pieces are wonderful - have fun...

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  7. Congrats on your anniversary, and here's to many more! Your pottery is very nice!

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  8. Congrats Mellisa!All those colors are pretty yummy!!!

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  9. Congrats on the 15 years! Oh, I miss my ceramics classes at Purdue. I had a lot of fun playing with the glazes and seeing what I could come up with. Your bowls and jars are just stunning!!!! I can't wait to see what you do in the next few weeks.

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  10. Happy, Happy Anniversary! I love those bowls. They're just beautiful and their colors are so pretty!

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  11. Happy Anniversary! I wish you all the best!!!
    I like your work.

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  12. Happy 15 years! And let me just say that in world sadly being dredged of marital romantics and sentimental couples that your choice to renew your vows every year is so touching.
    Great ceramics by the way too. My 10 year old daughter just finished her first intro to pottery class and loved it...such a unique and satisfying art form.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
    Cheers,
    Leah

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    1. Thank you so much Leah! Even better, it was the hubster's idea for the vow renewal tradition :) Congratulations to your daughter, I would have loved to have had the opportunity when I was younger, it really is so relaxing and enjoyable!

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  13. Happy anniversary! Great photos...working on that pottery wheel can really be a challenge, you've done some nice work ;)

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  14. LOVE the pottery! that is so awesome. I need to find an adult pottery class around here somewhere. happy anniversary!

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  15. Congratulations! Love the pottery. I would love one to put in my kitchen. I am not crafty like that. Though I can make a rose.. lol.

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  16. Maybe these jars could be Japanese style cups/mugs. No handle so when you touch the mug with your hand you will feel if it is too hot to put to your lips.

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  17. how you doin? Haven't seen you around in a while! come back to the blog! xo

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  18. Happy Anniversary, what a masterpiece pottery. Looks like a coffee cup or something for a tea.

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  19. Congratulations! And I LOVE that you renew your vows every year. Plus, your pottery is terrific!

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  20. Congrats May your marriage last forever!!!

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  21. I love your little pots! When I get to buy pottery, it's usually small little pieces. I always enjoy them! I really like the colors and shapes of these!

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