Happy Happy Joy Joy!

This title and silly Ren and Stimpy cartoon theme-song sums up this past week for me.  July is a month filled with many family birthdays (including my own) and fond memories of Washington Warthog indoor soccer games where the song was played each time a goal was scored.  My husband was responsible for the team at the sports arena he managed in the suburbs of Washington, DC and our kids had roles on game days as a ball boy and cheerleader, so I heard the song a lot!

 

I fired a kiln filled with glazed pieces in the studio this week. Opening the kiln lid once the load of work has cooled is always filled with anticipation. I know how I’d like the pieces to look, but clay does not always cooperate, so there is always a chance for disappointment. Not so this time around!

Here is a photo of the commissioned bowl I've been working on. 

Here is a photo of the commissioned bowl I've been working on. 

I am really happy with the results!

I am really happy with the results!

The chalkboards have worked out well. I'm already creating an updated version of this idea to include hooks to hold keys!  

The chalkboards have worked out well. I'm already creating an updated version of this idea to include hooks to hold keys!

 

I was commissioned to make a cake plate. This is one of the ideas I've begun.  

I was commissioned to make a cake plate. This is one of the ideas I've begun.

 

Here is another version of the cake plate idea. The holes can be used for stringing colorful ribbon.  

Here is another version of the cake plate idea. The holes can be used for stringing colorful ribbon.

 

My latest sweater is on display at The Knot House in Frederick, Md. 

My latest sweater is on display at The Knot House in Frederick, Md. 

Happy, happy, joy, joy, joy!