I'm in a thrilling place with my running practice. Taking my run off-road onto the field, backwoods and expansive open fields that are all around me has set my spirit free! The run is harder, yet my body does not feel the brunt of the impact. I feel myself getting stronger. I've been researching the benefits of grass running. I will continue to train this way for the half marathon I have coming up in December.
Took this photo during my run yesterday afternoon. The temperature was brisk at 41 degrees. Still, I wore my running skirt and compression socks. I love my new Nike neoprene running jacket. I swear by Nike running apparel. It's the best. Ran off road on the open fields; I felt like a mustang...
One of 200 handmade ceramic tiles from the April Tony Moore Wood Firing in Coldspring, NY. I am ecstatic about the results. This is the beginning of a long creative process that will culminate in thousands of handmade sculptural tiles for a large scale installation I am working on. So, there are many, many more wood firings, gas reduction and alternative firings to go. The beauty rests within the process...Patience....Gratitude...
After both the anagama and noborigama were completely unloaded. Tony engaged everyone in a discussion of the kiln results. Tony described the particulars of the firing process, as well as the unique challenges that contributed to what was most unique about the April firing. Tony encouraged everyone to share special glazing and surface results.
It was my first time participating in an unloading from beginning to end. I found it to be incredibly educational. I was excited to see so much amazing work with breathtaking results. I am already looking forward to the July firing.
The anagama and noborigama were unloaded systematically; the pots were laid out on pallets according to where they were originally placed inside the kiln. Therefore, one could see the atmospheric effects on the works.
One of my fellow crew members at the Tony Moore April Wood Firing Kiln Unloading. That's me in the background!
Unloading the anagram and noborigama involves cleaning of the kiln shelves and bricks...That makes for lots of dust and flying particles. Therefore, gloves and masks are essential gear.
Seth pictured here working on cleaning off the kiln bricks. Seth is a ceramic teacher from Brooklyn. His sculptures were amazing.
Shelita Birchett Benash with Tony Moore, sculptor and kiln master. I've learned so much in the year that I've been firing with Tony. I've met so many amazingly gifted potters and sculptors. I've been able to experience a sense of community, creativity and sharing with potters and sculptors from near and far. Catherine Thomas drives down regularly from Canada!
I was running late this morning, still I pulled over to take a photo of the beautiful fall foliage along the river. And when I looked up, I saw an eagle!!! On November 7, 2015, I saw an eagle for the first time. I had my iPhone 6 Plus...However, I walked back to the car to grab my Nikon P7100...This is the best shot I could get. I cropped the shot in iPhoto. A bird watcher with a massive telephoto lens stopped to take photos while I was standing there, by the river, awe struck. He remarked that there were two eagles up in the same tree yesterday. My heart is bursting. Mother Nature rewards us for stopping long enough to witness her glory...The creative practice of seeing feeds my making process. My work day was crazy with so many challenges and things going wrong. Nonetheless, my heart is full and my spirit is uplifted, as I am reminded of the abundant beauty and grace that surrounds me. No matter what, beauty and grace is always there.