Here's a new piece from the firing. It's a shallow bark bowl or platter, whatever you want to call it. It also can hang from the wall. When I loaded it into the kiln, I put seashells on it and that white dot you see is a piece of wadding. I thought it might look neat, but it sort of just looks stuck on there and floating out in the middle of nowhere. I like the comet like flashing on this piece, though.
My earlier spring garden attempts are coming in. I feel like I have to display it as well, since its arrival is it's own work of art. I have more zucchini than I honestly know what to do with. Did you know that a zucchini is lightly faceted on all sides?
My herb garden is doing really well, with basil everywhere. I've been making homemade pesto and storing several batches in the freezer for later. I only had 5 sugar snap peas which I immediately devoured standing right there in the yard, savoring every bite. Some moles dug through the section where I planted the seeds (2 different times in a row). They pretty much wiped out all the seeds and only one vine made it. I also had 3 tomato plants die, the broccoli was eaten by some creature other than me, and the spinach never really did very well. The silver lining is that I will soon have cherry tomatoes and red peppers if I keep my fingers crossed.
I was dreaming of being that perfect gardener, reaping in huge arrays of vegetables. However, gardening is like learning beginning throwing on the wheel. You can only get somewhere after sifting through lots of ups and downs and gaining experience and patience along the way. There are so many life lessons you can parallel to clay.
I'm off to Asheville for the big show and tell craft show.