Crocs in the snow.

by frogpondsrock on August 26, 2012

in ceramics,Distractions galore!,fauna and flora,Joy,photography,scenery

This morning I woke up to snow, we had a good three or four inches of snow which in itself is lovely, but I had packed the kiln yesterday and started a bisque firing.

I manually fire my kiln and so for a bisque firing I leave it on 5% power overnight in order to have a lovely slow temperature rise, which removes any traces of moisture left in the work. Some of the work I put into the kiln yesterday wasn’t completely dry so I turned the kiln on at 4 pm and hoped that the forecast snow didn’t arrive.

Harry the dog is always with me and he tore a round and around in circles like a puppy trying to get me to play with him. I threw a couple of snowballs at him and he wasn’t impressed that the balls disintegrated in his mouth.

Crocs make remarkably good snowshoes, if you stop every ten steps or so to knock the snow out of those pesky holes.

I have to walk up to the studio every two hours to turn up the power regulator on the kiln. Looking out the studio window it is still very snowy.


I tried to take some macro shots of the snow hoping to get all the crystally bits but I gave up when a drip of water went down my neck. Soft, I know.

Then I became distracted by the play of light and shadow in the landscape around me.


The snow on the side of the trees sends me off into another daydream.

The parrots came down for an easy meal of seeds. I don’t feed the birds regularly as I don’t want them to become dependent on me for food but they know that a meal is generally in the offing when the duck comes up to the house.

It is nearly time to walk back up to the studio and turn the kiln up again, the snow is still thick on the ground and maybe I need to think about buying myself a pair of gumboots.

 

{ 13 comments }

Rusty Hoe August 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Beautiful pictures Kim. Love the one of the snow up the trunks of the trees. Actually the whole post left me a bit dreamy. The snow the slow and intricate workings of your kiln it all has a feel of a quite bliss. Or it could be my pain killers, but I like to think it’s bliss. :)

frogpondsrock August 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

It has been a dreamy morning, so I think it is a feeling of bliss as well. When the snow is falling it muffles all the sound and so there is this lovely otherworldy silence in the bush. I am pleased I made you smile.

Elephant's Child August 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Thank you so much Kim. This was/is a simply beautiful post. All of it. I hope that your bisque firing went well. You know that I would like to see the results don’t you?

frogpondsrock August 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

The bisque firing is the first firing, I fire the work to 1000 degrees centigrade and then I will glaze and fire the work again in a glost firing where I fire to between 1240-1280 depending on what work I am firing.
I am pleased you enjoyed the post, I thought of you as I put the photo of the Rosellas in. And I will post photos of the work in progress, just for you :)

Elephant's Child August 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Thank you. I knew that the bisque was the first firing, but I admire your work so much that I wanted to see all the stages. And this is the gift you have offered. I have had an epiphany of sorts. To my sorrow I am not a creator – but I am an appreciator.

frogpondsrock August 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I think you undervalue your talents. :) And yes I will share.

Fiona August 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

So pretty :):)

river August 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Your snowfall is so very, very beautiful.
Your photos have brought tears to my eyes.
The beauty has overwhelmed me.

Sue August 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Haha :) These pictures are really gorgeous. The one of Harry is quite exquisite.

The snow on the tree looks like the tree is revealing its skeleton, doesn’t it. Which it is, in a way, without its leaves :)

Waylon Griffin August 27, 2012 at 12:11 am

The pics are very beautiful. The picture “snow on the side of the trees” and snow in the parrots house are very attractive. Really its a nice sharing.

Denyse Whelan August 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

O wow! Loved this… So pretty and cold too. Money must be raised! Gumboots of the flashiest kind methinks! Crocs are NOT really snow wear. Love everything I saw in this post Kim! Xx

janet August 30, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Nice pictures! It’s late summer here, and that snow looks welcoming. I hope we get some real snow and ice this winter. Nice picture of Harry, isn’t he handsome?!

Jebaru September 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

There’s something magical about snow, and your photos. I like the squeakiness of walking on snow.

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