Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Catching Up, Show, and Scapes!

"Here's looking at you!"
Last week seemed like the week of playing "catch up" after being away, and getting ready for a show while playing catch up is a bear! I have not forgotten you, dear readers!
Base complete

Floor brick on
The kiln is coming along. Running around like a crazy person (the usual) has kept me from just knocking it out, but I am proud of the progression. Following these photos, the base for the chimney was poured and the block set over the weekend, so I will be tying in the chimney this coming weekend! 
Walls going up!

Door opening at front of kiln
Garlic scape!
Another exciting development on the farm is that we have had scapes on our hardneck garlic! We took some to the Greensboro Curb Farmer's Market last Saturday and should have more there this coming weekend! Scapes are the seed head of the garlic, which comes out in a loopy vine-like piece on the top of the garlic plant. It is a very subtle garlic flavor, and makes an exquisite pesto. I HIGHLY recommend getting your hands on some while they're around!
Pottery Fair on the Square
 The Pottery Fair on the Square at Old Salem went really well this past weekend. Thank you to those who made it out, and new friends and customers who stopped by! Great weather, and the big water cooler found a home. I'm intending to make a few more for the new kiln to try out some designs and styles.
Water Cooler
I am off to Yorktown, Virginia today to see the William Rogers kiln site once more in wrapping up my research and in preparation for a lecture I am doing in June. If you have any interest in Virginia earthenware, there's still time to register for the 2012 Virginia Decorative Arts Seminar entitled, "Earthenware of the Old Dominion"!


Dennis Allen said...

Nice cooler Brenda.

Anna Stone said...

Great find, Brenda! I love pottery and have a collection of different kinds picked up at various art fairs and studios.