Friday, September 26, 2008

SunCat

I'm going to try and shake off the winter blues. I'll be back in a week all bright eyed and bushy tailed prrrrrrrrrrr. Now - all cross your fingers, scrunch your eyes and wish for some sunny weather!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sea Lavender


A little while ago Nicolette from devliegendekoe asked me about this plant. It's one that we all grow here at the coast because it does well - but I had no idea what it was actually called. I've now found out. This excerpt from Teleflora:

statice



THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF
statice

Grown for both its colorful flowers and its everlasting calyx (the green leaf that encloses the flower bud), statice is also considered an herb, referred to as “sea lavender.” Statice is commonly used in dried flower arrangements as well as fresh bouquets. Its botanical name is derived from the Greek word “limonium,” meaning meadow, referring to the plants original habitat and likely why this versatile flower is also called marsh-rosemary.

With a misty and seafoam appearance (two more names associated with this wildflower-like plant), in the language of flowers, statice symbolizes remembrance.


There apparently about a 120 varieties to be found around the world.
Thanks for asking Nicolette now I've learnt something too.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Perception vs. Reality

Like the famous Rollingstones campaign, things at the tip of Africa aren't always what they seem. Take for instance Springday - 1 September.
This would be the perception:


This is a little repeat I designed last year - never quite finished it but maybe I should.

This would be the reality!



That is the most I've seen of Table Mountain since monday! (Lionshead by the way) Rain rain and more rain.

Saturday the weather gave us a small break...

And someone, somewhere else in the world has the rest of our beach! Global warming doesn't seem so intangible anymore.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

As I promised

Here is the other piece I finished. I was inspired to try a platter by a Wonkiware platter I was given as a pressie. The one I made is from a mold. But the leaf detail is mine.


I loosely based the design on basil (ok, very loosely) and the colour is a paint-on-glaze which I'm very happy with. I'm making more but with different motives and colours. It's what I love about my monday nights ~ I get to play and just see what happens. A rare privilege.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pinch me

It's taken me a long time to get there but here, finally is the first collection of begging bowls complete. They are pinchpots and each one would fit into your cupped hands. There was lots of experimenting. I played with two clays ~ stoneware and a pure white stoneware. I also played with underglazes of different whites. My favourite in the end being a "bone white." It just feels softer and with more empathy somehow.


I also designed an Art Nouveau inspired stamp in the process.


But wait,
there's more...
I'll show you tommorrow.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Never mind the weather, lets stick together.

Mother nature seems to be throwing her toys out around the globe. She doesn't seem to need a particular season either.


Here in the Cape of Storms this is what it looked like when I actually ventured out (after checking the roof) Trust there to be snow on the mountains on Spring Day!
My thoughts lie with those in New Orleans and other places similarly affected.



On a much happier note go here to see Barb's post on her PIF.
And that really is my final word :)