Friday, March 27, 2009
Juan Quezado bowl
Here's a lovely example of Juan Quezado's work, which I purchased frome him around 25-30 years ago while attending his workshop at Valley College in Southern California. Unfortunately, a cleaning lady damaged the rim several years ago; but it's still a favorite piece.
Quezado lives in Mata Ortiz, and as a young man he discovered pottery shards and spent years teaching himself the art, testing native materials, making brushes from yucca, etc. He has taught many in Mata Ortiz and as a result of his passion and dedication to re-discovering the ceramic techniques of his ancestors, many in his community are thriving.
Yesterday was a busy and emotional day and looks like today is going to be more of the same. Jim took our dog Shanti to the vets. He's very dehydrated from two days of not being able to keep anything down, so we asked them to keep him overnight. They're going to treat him for the nausea and do some blood work. We don't know what the outcome will be; but he can't go on this way, poor guy.
Then this morning we found blood on the sofa, from Bodhi, our younger dog. The universe is certainly throwing challenges at everyone lately. :-(
On a good note, I actually got in the studio yesterday and got all my cone 6 and cone 10 soda recipes sorted and did some glaze chemistry, tweeking some recipes. I also got in the garden and planted a package of sweet peas and did some weeding. Depending on how things go with the vet, I may get in some studio time today. It is definitely not a day for gardening.