Wednesday, August 26

Roslyn Chapel and The Giant's Causeway

Just two of the places we visited - one in Scotland and one in Ireland. On our second day in Scotland, Katie and I travelled cross country to Roslyn Chapel. What an amazing and beautiful place! It is literally the Bible in stone. So many carvings to see and such history - we aren't that old here in Canada! We spent 4 hours there and then went to the Original Roslin Inn (the old spelling) for lunch. Apparently Robbie Burns, the poet of Scotland, ate there and carved his poems in the soft metal (pewter?) plates! When we went to Ireland, one of our stops was at the Giant's Causeway on the Antrim Coast. The causeway is made of hexagonal basalt columns that have been terraced over time such that you can walk along them. That's me at the bottom! Katie is much quicker - ah youth!

Branching Out

Over the summer I've enjoyed working on lesson plans for teaching clay in the Catholic schools in my area of Ottawa. I've also taken some time to do a bit of marketing (emphasis on "little bit"). So here are my new poster and business postcard! Between all of that, Jim, Katie and I went to Scotland and Ireland. What a great trip. Jim golfed (his golf partners came with us) and Katie and I had 8 glorious days of travelling around on our own, finding our way on the opposite side of the street, and really sinking our teeth into some beautiful and ancient places.

Seafoam Revisted

As a dear friend of mine reminded me, it's time to send out an update on my newer work! I decided to revisit my seafoam design and try updating some of the lines of the work. I started with the large bowl and added a bigger base to it to make it a little more visually stable. You can't see that in the picture though! The smaller bowl gives a bit of an idea of it. The accompanying bowls have a swirl in the structure as well as a swirl in the glaze application. That's all very technical jargon! I think the description I liked best came from my mother. She said the finish reminded her of melted ice cream. Yummy!