Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Saga of the Mugs (aka JewishGuy is AWESOME)

Once upon a time, JewishGal and JewishGuy went to the Renegade Craft Fair. At the first booth they saw pottery (JewishGal's weakness at craft fairs) and there was this perfect mug. This mug that had a tree with a robin sitting in it: a Robin Mug. This was the perfect mug for JewishGal. She bought it. It was an expensive mug but it was immediately her favorite mug.

This mug was indirectly (or directly?) the inspiration for JewishGal & JewishGuy's wedding. JewishGal's name means "bird" and JewishGuy's name means "tree". The theme for the wedding ended up being birds in trees...

Soon after the wedding, JewishGuy went on a trip to Houston and JewishGal planned an elaborate surprise... she redid the kitchen, unpacked all the wedding pots and pans and reorganized the kitchen. This took a long time and she was very tired so she went to bed late, exhausted.

She woke in the morning. Her eyes bleary and her brain fuzzy, she began to prepare her daily tea. She of course used the robin mug. As she poured the boiling water into the mug, she missed and poured it right onto her hand. Her fingers uncontrollably opened and the mug fell to the floor, smashing to pieces. She cried, not about her burning finger (which she wrapped), but about the mug. She was afraid this was a bad sign. The robin mug was in shards. Sadly, she swept up the pieces and kept them together, not knowing what to do with them but not wanting to throw it away.

Months later, JewishGuy glued the mug together.

The plan now is to hold onto it, perhaps using it as a small pot for a flower or a plant.

But it could no longer be JewishGal's favorite mug. She went to the artist's etsy page but there were no more robin mugs for sale. She went to the Renegade Craft Fair two more times, but Jennie the Potter was not there.

JewishGal was very sad.


Tomorrow is JewishGal & JewishGuy's 7 year anniversary (from when they began officially "dating" ... it's the anniversary of JewishGuy's first visit of many in their 2 1/2 year long-distance relationship before JewishGal moved to Houston). JewishGuy ruined the surprise by saying he had a present. JewishGal couldn't wait until February 1 for the present. So he brought it out...


(two pictured here, the other two are already dirty from this morning's coffee & tea. also pictured: kitty chest.)

JewishGuy commissioned them from Jennie the Potter!

They are a symbol of JewishGuy & JewishGal again :)

(and look, there are even little blue eggs - one mug has one egg and another mug has two eggs!)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wheel Part 1: Flat Things

I won't make every day a part of my series of the wheel but I'm pretty excited about the results of my first day back on the wheel after two years' absence.

The first day of class was a full day of class. We spent the first two hours doing hand exercises with clay and the the last 4 hours at the wheel. Our assignment is by next week to have 6 flat things and 6 other things that are flat or not flat. So here you see three of my flat things and one bowl. Also, one of the flat things is supposed to be at least 7 inches in diameter, so you can see the top right one is my big flat thing.

I like that the assignment is really non-specific. Making "flat things" is easier than making plates or trivets or whatever, since there's no expectation of what it's supposed to look like. It's just supposed to be flat.

I'm going back in tomorrow to finish the assignment.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Wheel Strikes Again



We're giving it another try. That's right: THE WHEEL.

This week I begin my last semester in grad school. I am taking my last studio class and I've decided that class will be "Ceramics: Multi-Level Throw" - ie: on the potter's wheel.

Last time I took a ceramics class there was a lot of frustration. I wrote about the different techniques I used at the wheel, I talked about hours at the wheel trying to make it work, and I showed you the lopsided dishes that came out of my efforts.

I wonder how this semester will go!

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Table

We always set the table after Shabbat starts and I never get a good picture of it. So here it is, our set table! We're having four people over tonight (one person is supposed to spend the night and come with us to shul tomorrow). When we have more than two guests we have to use the table cloth because we don't have enough place mats... it's okay, it's super fancy!

And to all those people who thought we wouldn't use our china... We use it every week! So there.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

LEGO man

LEGO is sending me a kit they are developing that I think will be perfect for art therapy. I'm very excited to check it out!

For those who don't know, I'm doing my thesis on using LEGOs in a drop-in milieu to build connections with youth. 1) I'm not outgoing so the milieu is extremely intimidating to me, and 2) what's the point of being an art therapy intern in the milieu if I don't do anything art related?

When I start doing my thesis I will be making LEGO response art that I'll post here :)

Monday, January 4, 2010


JewishGuy got me a present and it is SO CUTE.

This is a DigiDude, he is a Snot Buster. I have to give him a name. Basically, it is an awesome little camera tripod that is on a keychain... so you can always have good pictures! And mine is awesomely topical, considering I have been sick for months now and could really use a snot buster.

DigiDudes are a collaborative design project created through quirky. It's a website where anyone can submit product designs or give their opinions about other designs and then vote on them. The winning designs will be manufactured! It's amazing how quickly things are made. It's almost like Threadless, but for non-Tshirts and more collaborative.
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