Bob and the Mighty Wurlitzer

The process of cutting the stencils and painting “Bob and the Mighty Wurlitzer” featuring the Wurlitzer Organ and house organist Bob Gulledge of The Byrd Theater in Richmond, Virginia. Several copies of this painting will be auctioned off to support restoration of the house organ.

This is 100% the kind of Richmond thing that I would proudly hang a print of in my house. Nils is really good.

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Encode Mighty Things

Like lots of people, I’ve been geeking on the NASA Perseverance mission. Like, bought the tee shirt and shed a tear at touchdown, geeking.

One of the many cool things from the landing was the parachute that lowered the lander and the coded message it contained.

This site lets you make your own message in the parachute, so you know I had to get one for the blog and podcast.

That’s even got the coordinates of our humble corner of Virginia.

Tickled at myself

We rented a potter’s wheel from Hand Thrown, the studio where I’ve been taking classes, for use during the pandemic. This triumphant form on the wheel is one of the biggest things I’ve ever thrown. I’m calling it a ramen bowl, since it has something approximating the traditional size and shape.

I’ll give it a trim and then focus on NOT BREAKING IT until the studio opens back up and I can get it glazed.

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Adventures in Clay – 2

Due to some vagaries in the studio’s kiln firing schedule, these are the only glazed and fired pieces I’ve got from the last class cycle. These are glaze tests on 266 Standard Brown Clay, which I bought in a state of excitement from Clayworks, out local clay shop.
It’s super messy to work with. It’s really, really soft compared to what I had been using, so it was a lot less tolerant to my beginner’s hands. It does fire to a really cool dark-dark brown, which I like.

The yellow glaze looks super-gross on it. The white glaze is better. I’m hoping to try some lighter blue on the successful pieces I’ve thrown.

I should have almost everything from this class back to me by the end of the week. I’m excited to see what survives the firing.

Adventures in clay – 1

It’s uneven, not quite round, and has plenty of unintended texture.

It is getting closer to the picture in my head. I’m excited to get it glazed. Fingers crossed it lives through the firings.

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