[Clayart] What are you doing?

Ray Bogle rbogle at comcast.net
Mon Jan 10 16:29:51 UTC 2022

For me, 2021 had plenty of clay activities with normal classes and 
plenty of raku\pitfire workshops.....these were a welcome distraction 
from all the chaos we're living with.  I enjoyed my 1st visit to the 
farm....was great to be around all the clay folks and just have a time 
to relax.

My new hobby is astrophotography.....so, while the kiln is heating up 
during the night I can relax and gaze at the stars! It's been quite a 
learning curve, but, I now know my way around the night sky. Here's a 
link to some of my recent images (should be viewable with or without a 
FB account): 


On 1/9/22 8:50 AM, mel jacobson wrote:
> `Good skill` with your new commission work snail.
> and yes, skill always trumps "luck".
> Now, what are some of "you folks" out there doing???
> I want to hear from many of you that are back on clayart.
> How is your life, work, projects, family????? I smiled when
> I saw Mae Spencer joined clayart this morning. She was at
> Pigeon Lake with us wayyyyy back in the mid 70's. I bet she is
> over 50 years old by now...no, no...gotta think about that.
> Lots of other bright lights show up in the "just joined", and I
> must approve or reject them.
> I basically live alone now at the "farm".  Since the pottery froze solid
> I am doing a great deal of upgrading in my house. It was -24 the other day
> and I could see window air leaking so, bought new "window treatment".  They
> are a sorta fabric paper that self stick to the casing. you cut the entire
> unit with a jig and knife. (had to use 3 tiny screws, the glue did not stick
> to the natural wood casing. They fit with about a -1/4 inch gap. about 80% perfect.
> and no drafts.
> My neighbor rod made a huge built in table that joins my work table. Nice.
> 5 kinds of wood, all glued up and varnished. "All re-purposed".  And, all new
> lighting.  That is my new small painting area, drawing, idea center.  It will
> double as a great feeding center when we have Hay Creek. It will seat 8 men
> for breakfast. (Women all live together at my daughter's 5 bedroom house, also
> home made.  I have always made living space for women that is totally private
> and it allows them to sit around in the morning in their jammies eating and
> drinking 5 pots of coffee, tea, and eating fruit and grain.
> it is funny how they sneak over and sit around my house, and say..."Mel, will you make
> me eggs, bacon, hash browns and white bread toast??? slathered with grape jelly. "OK"
> Private space is only on the south end.  Gotta be careful or we hear..."Who pee'd off
> the deck during the night.....????? (we all did.)
> I have said many times..."Hay Creek is the safest place for women in the United States."
> Men too.
> Love to all, Mel
> Hay Creek camp is older than Clayart. I do keep things going forward.
> It is called commitment. Pigeon Lake camp has been sold. Auctioned off.
> Who needs outdoor biology. ???? ichthyology, ??? just look science up on
> google.   All the buildings were hand made by the Industrial art students
> at Stout UofWisc. Kids got 5 credits and pay to build the camp over thirty
> years.  Bronze screens..ever seen it.?
> website: www.melpots.com
> www.melpots.com/CLAYART.HTML

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