"Shut your eyes and come outside!" Laura took me by the arm, and led me down the hall. There was a rattle and creak, and the tingle of cold night air as she opened the back door. I gingerly inched my way down the back steps.
I opened my eyes on her command, and it transpired that Laura had found a good use for some "useless" yarn bowls that had distorted in a recent firing. How lovely it was to see a line of flickering tea lights merrily illuminating the edge of the path near the kiln shed!
It must be said that good stuff happens high in the sky too. Sometimes it is worth looking up! Our moon blinked a few nights ago, or was devoured, or was reborn, or something!
I have had lots of firings of the kiln since I posted last, but hardly any time to sit at the computer and do a blog post! Beginning Thursday 16 October, we will be having an exhibition with our good friends, Rhonda and Mark, at Koru Gallery in Dunedin. Mark makes clocks, Rhonda works with fabric, Laura paints, and I have my pots, so it will be interesting to see it all come together.
I will try to post some images of work that is at the exhibition, once we are up and running there, but.... here is a little sample..
|A clock by Mark.|
|Jacket by Rhonda.|
I am firing another group of crystalline glazed pots as I write this, and hope to also squeeze in a firing of porcelain domestic ware before the exhibition.
Every day has needed work done in the studio, so I haven't seen much of the wider world for a while. Spring has almost passed without me participating in it, but we did have the eclipse to marvel at a few evenings ago, and a clear sky to see it by! My camera hates taking photos at night, it gets grumpy and won't focus ... we fight... but, happily, some of the photos that I took turned out well enough to give an impression of the moon being devoured by the earth's shadow.
Whilst I wrestled with the camera, Laura tried to encourage the telescope to see the moon. Really, telescopes are most frustrating inventions. There is the moon as clear, as clear can be when seen with the naked eye, but the same silver disk becomes slippery and cunning when a telescope is trained upon it. It took a change of lens, and about 20 minutes of intense concentration to actually find the moon! The frustration was worth it, as the moon was very beautiful indeed seen through the telescope. The eclipse and the telescope lens transformed the usual cool white into hauntingly pale and pretty colours, rather reminiscent of the face of Ophelia in the painting by John Everett Millais.
|John Everett Millais - Ophelia - Google Art Project|
It has to be said that our eyes, the telescope, and the camera gave quite different versions of events. What we saw through our eyes was probably the most beautiful of all, but it would have been good to have seen it bigger. "Blood Moon" is what all the newspapers called it, with all the associated baggage of doom-laden superstition, but that was not what I saw either!
I must go now and fiddle with the kiln where crystals are busily growing!
If you are in the Dunedin area, do visit the exhibition at Koru Gallery. You are most welcome to come to the opening, let me know if you have read about it on the blog!