|Rabbit with chubby cheeks|
|Rabbit with Bob's eyes!|
I had such fun making them. They are made with crank clay. I often use it for hand building because it is forgiving for my rough handling.
Jane and Maggie, the ceramic lecturer, collected these pebbles from Wales. They took undergraduates to International Ceramic Festival at Aberystwyth. I didn't go because my essay deadline was close to it and also it is the other end of the country; it takes six hours by train, and eight hours by car. Jane and Maggie drove. Jane told me that they had a good time, but she might take trains next time. I am not surprised.
These pebbles resemble those I used to see at riverside in Japan. Bluish grey with white lines. They look like minimalist art.
|Pebbles from Wales|
This morning, our dogs went berserk. I was feeding parrots upstairs, but checked from the window, I saw this.
|Duck? Rabbit? What's that?|
It was a large fluffy Siamese cat looking down at our pumpkin. I got worried, so I put dogs into crates, and went out to the garden to shoo it. But it didn't move. I clapped hands and went close to it. It started moving very slowly. It refused to jump down the wall, but walked very slowly on the wall and the fence about 20 meters in total to go to a neighbour's garden. Before I went to the studio, I carried Pumpkin back to her run. She is not safe when such a large cat is around.
Dogs were frustrated. They said 'We could chase it!' but, of course, I don't want that. I hope the cat won't come back. We have baby birds and sparrow's nest box in the garden. The last thing we want is a cat hanging around.