Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stepping up to the plate!

I’m thinking about the end of summer. I shouldn’t wish it away since we only have two month’s summer and 10 months bad skating here in Canada. Actually I love all the seasons except summer- too hot and humid for this cowboy. I will miss my beautiful Rose of Sharon and the lovely leaves on the Japanese maple so I paid tribute to them today with some big bowls. What’s the difference between a bowl and a plate? The way I throw these bowls they start off looking like a plate but the rims move up in the drying. I once told a group that clay has a memory. I made a jug and cut it in half to show the cross section. I then rewedged the clay and declared I would make a bowl. One student said “ If clay has a memory won’t it become a jug again? I made another jug so that she would continue to believe everything I told her.
The smaller plates I will cut into squares and ovoid shapes.

What I find interesting about the leaf resist and this copper  slip is that the copper red will appear where the slip isn’t. It migrates under the shino glaze and pops up on the slip free image. Don’t ask me why. That is a question for the glaze geeks.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Penis Envy

My studio is right below where I am sleeping. I made some rolls with 3 different kinds of handles. I threw the strap handle on the front and the penis handle at the back. The handle for the lid was pulled.
These cooking pots were inspired by some flameware fry pans I brought home from Clay Coyote in MN. Thanx Tom Wirt.
As I was drifting off to sleep I am certain I heard the boys downstairs talking. Mine is longer than yours. Ya well mine is wider. Oh yeah well mine stands up straighter. Have ya seen the nice handy curve mine has to it? The boys were having a pissing contest. I’m just hoping they are all standing proud when the heat is on at Cone 11. We’ll see who is the last man standing.

In the background is a project I have on for my garden. I am making a bird bath. Colleen Riley made these totems which inspired me to make a bird bath for the cardinals that keep flirting by my front window. I will stick a 1” pipe in the ground over which will slide the base, the forms and then on top the bird bath. My neighbour is building a monster house. I won’t have the most expensive house on the block but my aim is to have the most interesting house. Hey mine is bigger. Ya it’s more expensive too! Ya well mine is smaller but far more interesting. It’s not the size of the ship. It’s the motion in the ocean.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Closed for Business

Tonight Canada will be closed for business. Almost the entire nation will be tuned in to the final concert of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip in their home town of Kingston, Ontario. Parks and city centres all over the land are live streaming this concert. The bars will be packed with folks watching the big screen. If Canada could sing it would sound like Gord Downie tonight.
Last night Don the Meat Man and I went to the Fred Eaglesmith Picnic here in Mytown, Ontario. We take a lot of nonsense from those Westerners that call it Onterrible. I can think of no better place to be with a friend last night than under the big moon in a Carolinian forest by a lake with a couple of pops in my backpack, some cheese and crackers and of course Don's pepperoni's. You can have your mountains. They just block the view. And as for the Pacific Ocean it is too big to swim across.
Fred rocked the joint. He is the voice of southern Ontario. His nostalgic love of the farm life of this region is infectious.
A very hot act last night was The Laura Cole Band from Hamilton, Ontario.  I thought I would be your talent scout and give a shout out to her but it seems I'm a little late. Her first CD has been produced by Daniel Lanois who also has produced the likes of Dylan, U2, Peter Gabriel, Emmy Lou Harris, Willy Nelson to name a few.  She got a standing O last night. Amazing voice, sexy stage presence and hot band. 

Friday, August 19, 2016


I look forward to Fred’s Picnic here in Mytown, Ontario, Canada every August. My buddy Don the Meat Man got me weekend passes for the entire show.  Fred Eaglesmith sings about rural southern Ontario, farmers, working people, loosing the family farm and stuff that touches the hearts of hard working people here in Mytown. Fred is the bearded dude!
On a bigger stage is the front man for the entire of Canada’s favourite rock and roll band- Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. Gord has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and they have been on a farewell tour of the country. No speeches, no final words of wisdom just Gord and his amazing poetry played out in his art form- music. Tomorrow night is The Hips final concert which will be played on CBC TV and live streamed. If you are south of 49 and have never heard or seen The Hip tune in Satuday night on CBC at  8:30 eastern standard time. It will be AMAZING as the entire nation of Canada says goodbye, Gord.
I’m going to have to leave Fred on stage and go home to The Cactus Lounge and live stream Gord.   Also part of the conflict is I know I am going to have tears streaming down my cheeks. I have them now. 
Be of courage Gord and thank you for 30 years of amazing music. 
Words from their song – Courage!
There's no simple explanation
For anything important any of us do
And yeah the human tragedy
Consists in the necessity
Of living with the consequences
Under pressure, under pressure
Courage, my word, it didn't come, it doesn't matter,
Courage, your word, it didn't come, it doesn't matter
Courage, my word, it didn't come, it doesn't matter
Courage, it couldn't come at a worse time.