Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas came early

Oh, my gosh! Santa (in the form of 2 very dear friends) really did it up BIG this year.
One of my favorite blogging friends had me on her 'generosity' list--and she went overboard in the generosity department:
Isn't it the most wonderful piece? It sits on the window sill in our kitchen so that each time I'm washing dishes I see it, smile, think of Tracey and find myself in a quiet, peaceful place. What a gift! It takes me back to my mother's hometown in East Texas--the place I love most in the world. Don't know that I ever saw a house like this there but it comes from there. Thanks, Tracey.

Today I got an email from another friend telling me that he had made the ceramic easel I was describing (and wishing for) at his house last Saturday. I wanted something that would hold a pot--greenware or bisqued--at an angle so I could paint a design on it comfortably--without having to stand on my head to get to it or destroy it by mishandling. A few years ago I had seen a photo, with measurements, of a ceramic easel made by Scott Creek once long ago but no longer available. I had printed out the information because I thought I might want one someday. So my dear friend Herb looked at the photos and made a version of it for me. What a friend! My husband had said he'd make it for me--but that was not going to really happen! So here is the easel holding a cylindrical pot covered with a celadon slip that I plan to paint on.













The height of the pot holder can be adjusted, as can the angle that the pot is held. How cool is that? I really have not been that good of a girl this year! But Santa sure has been nice to me.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL!

5 comments:

Ron said...

Wow! Way to go. Nice piece from Tracey and that pot holder is way cool. Hope you all have a nice Christmas.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey your blog looks all fresh and new, very nice! I am so happy that all of my pieces have happy homes from the generosity chain and thanks again for the book, I am taking it with me tomorrow to the show I'm doing, it's from 12pm-8pm so I know I will need some reading materials!!

TropiClay Studio said...

Great Gifts! Would you be willing to share the plans for that pot holder?

Sister Creek Potter said...

I can't wait to get to sit down and use the new easel. It is the 'cat's meow', I think.
It was made from, but altered a bit, the design posted on Nan Hamliton's web page which you can see at:
http://www.nanhamilton.com/howtodesign/frame/frame.html

John Bauman said...

Cool easel! I remember seeing an ad for such a device YEARS ago. What a terrific idea.

Back in the days when I did lots of feathering in a ground, I wished for a system where I could fill a bowl in a slump mold, but then move it by three cables from the ceiling (moving it like an automotive shop moves engine block, suspended by chains from the ceiling). An 18-22 inch bowl is really heavy filled with slip -- even moreso if suppored within a plaster slump mold.

Like so many ideas that are fun to dream about, it never came about. And I stopped doing all that feathering.

Nice to see your easel dreams come true. Happy new year. Now your difficult decorating chores just became easeler.