We had to move back to Montreal last October. I much prefer the countryside to the city, but I tried my best at seeing the positive sides, like living closer to friends and family, getting a lot more choices for all sorts of services, and also, access to ceramic classes with almost daily free periods in the workshop.
Here are a few pieces that came out of the spring session.
Bisqued pieces, before glazing
Glaze + final firing
Matte white glaze and transparent glaze on speckled clay
Scratched matte black glaze on speckled clay
Rutile glaze on speckled clay; the bisque was partly soaked in water before being dipped in the glaze.
Countryside or city; some things never change.
I decided to start this year with a new skin and a slightly different organization for my blog. Cordonnier mal chaussé we say in French (poorly shod shoemaker): I spend so much time working on other people’s websites that I didn’t feel the urge to spend my evenings modifying mine. But at the same time, it hurt my eyes every time I looked at it. Now it’s almost done; it just needs a few more tweaks. I hope you’ll feel comfortable in this new ride!
The changes are not radically different; I quite like the conventional navigation of this type of blog, but I wanted something that had a bit more “space”. A good category cleanup was also on my to do list, plus a new page “Work” to keep track of what I consider important steps in my creation process.
Apart from programming, when I did sit down at the drawing table, it was to experiment with color and to play around with recycled bits that have been waiting in a box with other leftovers. I had planned to use the leaves in a collage for the DIY iHanna’s postcard swap, but they didn’t fit in. I haven’t found exactly what to do with these, but it was fun to arrange them in various montages.
I know it’s a bit late for this, but I wish you a fantastic 2014! I hope this year will be fulfilling and inspiring.
This is Alphonse… Passion: radioactive chocolate.
Voici Alphonse… Passion : chocolat radioactif.
Like an old 1950’s portrait
À la façon d’un portrait des années 50
Cats have a slinky in place of a spine!
Les chats ont un slinky à la place d’une colonne vertébrale!
Cauliflowers are getting bigger and “pinker”.
Frogs are taking refuge under the lettuces and zucchini plants.
Cosmos at high noon
Roupie is working his magic on a bamboo shoot.
Kale right off the garden: in the tabbouleh with nasturtium flowers
I am trying something new: no, not gonna eat the CelluClay with the rapini! This was bought during one of my lasts trips to Montreal; it is a mix of cellulose and clay. I tried mixing it with more or less water to see how it turns out once dry, which should take about 24 hours. I heard that it can be sanded and painted, can’t wait to play with it!
The inspiration behind the title of this post: the album Adventures in your own backyard (Patrick Watson). It has been playing a lot around here these past few weeks!
And to finish off this post: I was spending some “quality time” (read go to bed too late) on internet last night, trying to find out more information about Patrick Watson when I stumbled upon this video. It is set up in Abitibi, Destor and Rouyn-Noranda to be more precise. It does not depict the town on its best side but it is really touching, maybe because Rouyn is where I spent most of my childhood? The stories of mister Morasse* are delightful and so is the relationship between him and P. Watson. To all of you who saw that impromptu show near the train tracks: I am so jealous!
*Morasse poutine (fast food) is kind of an institution in Rouyn-Noranda.
It is now a diptych! But not done yet. *** Un diptyque en cours de route.
Noémie picking daisies *** Noémie cueillant des marguerites
Digitalis (Foxglove) *** Digitale
The summer studio/office — furry accessory not included — where all the work is done these days.
Have a good weekend and bonne Saint-Jean* les Québécois!
* For Quebecers, St-Jean is equivalent to the Fourth of July…
L’atelier/bureau d’été — accessoire poilu non inclus — où tout le travail se fait ces jours-ci.
Bonne fin de semaine et bonne Saint-Jean!
We are almost done installing our outside dining & living room/work space/summer studio. I will show you more pictures later. As long as the temperature allows it, I will work outside, well protected under the screen house tent! The cats/foremen seem to approve of the new space; Roupie has already used it many times as a napping ground.
I am becoming an iPhone addict…
Six years ago, I bought a refurbished Blackberry Dinosaurus. It must have been the dullest phone you have ever seen and it was used mainly as an answering machine. About a month ago, I felt it was time to switch for an iPhone. After all, a website programmer has to test on the real thing! I barely had time to play with it until last week but I think I am already hooked! All those camera apps (among other things) are really addictive.