Chestnuts are normally an late autumn treat in Japan. Kurigohan is a simple dish made with boiled chestnuts and rice. To celebrate the end of Autumn and the beginnings of Winter, in my half/half way, I wanted to have something traditional, but with a twist. So instead I made Roasted Chestnut Wild Rice. There are many recipes for kurigohan. Make wild rice substituting some of the water with 3 T. of mirin or sake or add apple cider. It must be sweet. Remember this is a comfort treat! Add roasted chestnuts after rice is cooked. Remember to serve it in the best handmade ceramic bowl you own or cherish. It will taste even sweeter.......
Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Saturday, December 4, 2010
Herr Reinhart and I decided it was time to visit Ft. Ross again. It was a typical November day on the Pacific Coast. Hint of rain, definitely misty and the ocean roaring its beauty at times with sound and fury. We were celebrating our anniversary. We ate steamed mussels and slurped oysters at Tomales Bay. Simple and wonderful. A day away from clay.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thoughts on making this portrait.......
It may seem like I have hit a clay wall. Maybe I have made one. I did make some birds yesterday. I also threw some cereal bowls, plates and mugs. They are all trimmed and slowly drying for their bisque fire next week. It is very meditative to throw simple bowls.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Once again we gathered around the old little kiln. Tired and spent, it offered its best and its worst. A quick crossing of the fingers, anticipation rising, UP went the kiln lid. Some would say it's magical, others might say it's electrical. I say it simply.
out loud: in my head:
ooooOoooooh YES! Love it
oh???????? not what I envisioned
OH! runny glaze---jar stuck to shelf
oh, oh, oh! that's a keeper
oh.......x#!* lid stuck to jar--doorstop
oh? oh. maybe I will look at it later
oh? oh...oh! stuck lid came off jar after it tapped against a stick wielding potter
ohhhhhhhhhhhhh coffee break!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This is like deja vu all over again-
Finally I got some photos of the show. Please excuse the brightness of some. It was a beautiful day with sunlight streaming in-lighting up all the frosty glass and pale ceramic faces. I was in good company, my daughter-in-law, an artist herself, came along to see the exhibit.
Everything looks different in the light of gallery day. The gallery is like a tuxedo and a fresh haircut for art that was living in a working studio. It takes on an entirely different persona.
All glasswork and quilt are works by Cassandra Straubing.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
So brightly in the night sky
Cloudless nights in the Bay Area are few and far between. Light pollution makes for another layer of film over the night sky. So imagine my surprise to look up at the celestial heavens two evenings ago to see a very large bright dot. Not only that--another smaller bright hole close by. What? Can I see Jupiter with one of its moons? I got the binoculars and yes! Jupiter rising! Moon circling, attentive as a sentinel. So out came Herr Reinhart's boyhood telescope. How fun is that? We are not sure which moon we saw, but I like to think it was Io.
Now I am starry eyed and glazed eyed all at once...I have spent two days glazing. What a messy thing to do. It has no glory. It has no shame. Just moans and groans. All the glazes look either pasty green, puke pink or bland tan. So there isn't much thrill in looking at freshly dipped pots. Wax here, wax there. Pour in, Pour out. Wipe on, Wipe off. Mop everywhere. What a mess! Wabi-sabi it's not.
Friday, November 12, 2010
last month's old pumpkins
still sit on the patio
Never got around to carving any pumpkins. I love going to get pumpkins and tend to collect them. Some of them will live out their squashy lives until they get tossed into the compost. The best of them will get turned into bread, pies and muffins.
In the spring I madeup a collection of face cups for an invitational mug/cup exhibit. Collectors purchased all. Three didn't make it to the show. Just sat on the studio shelf. Forgotten, faceless, bisqued and imperfectly forlorn. I didn't have time to finish them in time for the exhibit. One had a glaze imperfection that may have healed if I re-fired it. I just moved on. Every once in a while I will pick up this pink-eared sweetness and check on the flaw inside. What I think is: It's still there...how to fix it...hmm...could refire....why...it belongs here...in my studio...symbol of what's forgotten, flawed but resonantly perfect.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
|5 layers of black slip let dry each layer|
|getting ready to add slip to bottom--note using a sponge brush|
|sgraffito is very messy--I use a box to catch most of it|
|scratch tools--tapestry needle, sgraffito tool, clean dry brush|
|Use brush to brush away debris|
|the beginning--most detail done right to left to keep from smudging|
|note debris on the right---keep it brushed into corner of box|
|the debris looks like sand|
|thinking about last section|
|one last look for now---after this I will do the lid|
detail double boxing using egg cartons as firm cushions 2 foam sheets cut to size of inner box one for bottom and one for top ...
Use one sheet of cheap printer paper or any light weight sheet of paper about 8" x 10". Draw 2"...
"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." poet Gary Snyder from The Gary Snyder Reader: Prose, Poetry a...