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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #42: Creativity – Ceramic art

The theme for the week’s Photo Challenge from Anne-Christine is “Creativity.”

Creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something new or somehow valuable – inventiveness. The created item may be an idea, a scientific theory, or even a joke; or a physical object, maybe a new invention, a literary work – or a painting. – Anne Christine.

 

I shared my watercolor painting before. Today I want to share my other hobby – ceramic painting.

My first ceramic piece was a free-handed project made with clay. I took a ceramic painting class as part of the Child Development program at California State University, Los Angeles. The students were to create any projects from a block of clay, then painted and glazed them. The professor then put them in the 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit kilt to fire them.

I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and wanted to make something for my daughter. The idea of a nightlight came to my mind.  Making a whale with holes from the blowhole, eyes and mouth gradually materialized. A light bulb holder is at the bottom to hold the light shining through the holes.

 

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RDP Wednesday – Growing Sunflowers

 The prompt for Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday, February 20, 2019 is Sprout.

“Share your interpretation of the day’s prompt with us. What does ‘sprout’ mean to you? Use words or pictures to compose a post with the word of the day.” – Ragtag Community

 

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Growing Sunflowers 

This will be the fourth year I grow sunflowers from seeds. It’s been raining off and on for seven weeks. I’m waiting for the rain to stop for a couple days before getting out to the garden. Read more

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Recycle

The theme for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is “Recycle.”

Over the years, I have tried to use different kinds of bark chips for the borders of the flower bed. They looked great in the first year. When they got worn out and the colors faded, I didn’t quite like the way they looked.

One day, my husband came home from a garden shop with bags of recycled rubber tires chips. They were in redwood color. When I first saw them, I was not receptive to the idea. After he finished his project, I grew to like the look. Now I have the recycled rubber tires chips for most of the flower bed borders.

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There were three birch trees in my front yard. Over the past years, the branches gradually died and never came back after winter. We were wondering what happened to the trees. We talked about cutting down the trees and replaced them with other plants or another tree. I got used to the look of the white tree trunks and wanted to leave them as a sculpture.

I planted some mint plants next to the trees. A couple weeks ago, my husband wanted to pick some mint leaves for his drink and bumped his back against the trees. The trees started to uproot and fell. My husband was able to catch them and found that they were not heavy because parts of the trees were hollowed. He went ahead to cut them down close to the stump. Unfortunately, he found some termites. We then realized what caused the death of the trees.

With the worrisome discovery, my husband decided to chop up the stump and trace the tunnels of the termites and applied the spray as much as possible. He recycled some broken branches and buried them as part of the compost, then he covered up the hole with the soil.

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Birch trees behind the Lavender

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Removing the stump was a big job

Now I have a new spot for plants or a new tree.

Frank‘s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Recycle

Edible Garden

 

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My garden is a sanctuary where I’m

Amazed the Creator’s beauty

Dig my fingers into the soil

Making connection with earth

Water it until it’s moist

Enjoy the harvest of edible garden

Several hundred Valencia Oranges

Love the squeezed juice for months

Abundant Santa Rosa Plums

Consume some and share some

Bundles of Flame Seedless Grapes

Grow faster than I can pick

Dozens of Delicious Red Apples

Still in green, are not yet ripe

Heartfelt thankfulness for

My delightful edible Garden

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Daily Prompt: Edible

Ceramic Painting

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My daughter and I took ceramic painting class when she was ten years old. We both enjoyed this activity.

When choosing a green ware that is a ceramic piece just came out of the first firing from a mode with the clay color. It is still fragile and breakable. We need to clean the rough edges with bladed tools and water. The next step is to paint it with the paint for green ware. After painting, the green ware goes through the second firing. After the second firing, the piece becomes solid. The glaze will be applied and the piece goes through the third firing to have a shiny colored look.

Another way to do it is to purchase the bisque which is cleaned and solid through the second firing. All we have to do is to use a different paint specifically for bisque. We paint the colors, and do the glazing. Then the piece goes through one more firing in the kiln before its completion. The dry brush technique requires different kind of paint, doesn’t need glaze or the third firing.

My daughter and I carry on this hobby separately. I like to paint angels and fairies. When I paint the wings or certain areas in white, I have to be sure to use opaque white that is nontransparent, and covers any unexpected spots of other colors.

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Daily Prompt: Opaque

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