Monday, April 07, 2008

I'm on my way.

I have had this in the basement for quite a while:

Its my pottery room. I have wanted this room since I threw (read: made on the wheel) my first bowl six or seven years ago. I took a ceramics class at MATC the summer Mike and I were living on State Street in Madison. I needed something to do as he studied the nights away for the MCAT, and a friend suggested we take a pottery class together. I enjoyed it more than any other kind of art I have ever tried. For the past few years I have been slowly collecting the things I need to make pottery on my own, in my own house. I've had the wheel for a while, but I just recently found a kiln. So today, in the basement, I had this:

A working kiln. Unbelievable. I didn't know what to expect. The kiln is very gently used, but it is also very very old, so I'm excited to find out that it works perfectly. I just need one more thing, a vent to get rid of all the nasties firing creates, and I'll be good to go! Ha!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Almost Spring

We're ready for it. Any day now its going to be 60 and sunny, I just know it.

Last month at Claire's school was color month. Every day the kids talked about and wore a different color, and Claire embraced this from her ponytail holders down to her socks. She absolutely loved the color themed days. The last class of color month was 'Wear Every Color Day', and she did that well too. Every morning I'd tell her what color to wear, and she'd put together her outfit on her own. Every Color day was no different, and I think she did a very good job of covering the rainbow. And you can't see them, but her pants are blue and her boots are purple.

Yesterday we spent some time at Mackworth Island, which I've posted about before. Its a beautiful place and definitely one of my favorite places to hike within Portland. This time we saw a harbor seal sitting around on the beach, and of course, we made a fairy house. It wasn't nearly as cold as it looks in the pictures.