Friday, February 27, 2009

SHOW -N-TELL

" FAKE OR REAL "Lladro` "



THINGS I USED TO DO

This is going to be from
a lonnnnng way back !!
Yes, way back in 1980 while living in Michigan, my daughter, Deb and I joined a ceramic class with a wonderful teacher. I had no idea what it involved but loved ceramic things.
Well, you take out a loan at your local bank and invest in all the things you have to have to be a professional in your ceramic world.
Oh yeah, first its paints.. and oh , so many colors
and then theres the sealers, stains, and the list goes on and on.
Oh I forgot ... this is a must !! all the little cleaning tools.
After you get allllll your paraphenalia and you walk in the first meeting like you know allllllllll about making ceramics
After introductions and all the " get to know " each other,
then Oh Joy !! you get to go all around and
chose your piece of greenware that you want to make into a "drop-dead" gorgeous piece of " Look What I Made" in ceramics.
But I must tell you up front..
BE VERY CAREFUL HOW YOU CLEAN YOUR GREENWARE !!!!
You all know how I am.. yep.. don't fiddle with the little "beginner pieces" ..no, you go for the gusto... I mean, chose
a piece that has all the little details and set yourself down in
your favorite chair.....( Deb right beside me.)
Now Deb is more ..how shall I say it...is more level headed, so she choses a very simple but delicate looking piece.
Oh the excitement of it all... I'm in ceramics and I'm gonna just love it !!
Well , I did love it ... but all did not go well at first.
This is about the third week and I had chosen to work on a set of the then popular " geese ladies".
I wanted mine to look like the expensive " Lladro`" pieces you see in jewlery and high end stores
O.k , piece number one went fairly well with the cleaning so on to number two and it was more delicate..
All of a sudden coming from my mouth was
"OH NO !!! RATS !! RATS !! RATS !!
.( my favorite expression when things arent going well ).
Deb says to me" Mom, what is wrong with you?"
I BROKE OFF A FINGER AND THE GOOSE BEAK !! RATS!! RATS!! NOW WHAT DO I DO ..I DON'T WANT TO START ALL OVER ON A NEW PIECE
Donna ( the teacher ) came over to me and said " What's wrong , dear ??"
..In a very immature whiney voice , I related my delima to her..
" Now don't you worry, dear, we'll have your goose back in good shape in no time.. So she takes him over to her area and put some kind of " goop" on his beak and "WAA-LAH" a new beak appears..

"Now just let him dry and he'll be good as new"

The whineys left and all was smiles again... but poor Deb was embarrassed and couldn't hold her little head up in the ceramics class .
NOT TO WORRY !! everything was fine.
Well , we went to this same ceramic class for about three years
We thoroughly enjoyed the classes and learned lots.. one thing is
you never get finished buying more and more paints..
And greenware, and containers to hold all your " stuff" you collect.
As time went by, we became more and more professional and made some beautiful churns with decals of wheat on them..
I made an egg basket that I'm going to change colors soon and bring it out of retirement..
Now isn't this a graceful note to end this story on ??
But to this day, when you mention our ceramic days, Deb shakes her head and tells her most embarrassing moments in
"DONNA'S CERAMIC CLASSES !!"
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9 comments:

Kath said...

WOW those pieces are so pretty, Maurine!!
You are so talented!!! :)
What a fun "mother-daughter" time...your daughter will never forget it...that's for sure!!

Have a wonderful weekend-are ya feeling any better??

Hugs-Kath

Nanna said...

wow Maurine, you didn't show me those when I was there lol! Deb may of not been able to hold her head up then but some day she will as she reflects on that special time together & this becomes a very treasured sentimental thing to her if not I can have you some bubble wrape in the mail tomarrow LOL LOL
Helen

Susie Homemaker said...

AH, ceramic classes...I remember them well...your pieces turned out so lovely.

Blessings,
Susie

Susan said...

Beautiful work and I enjoyed the "Tell"!!!
Susan

Terry & Dennis Macri said...

You did a great job on all your pieces....now me, I would of gone for easy.

Congratulations to you for being so brave.

Karen said...

Very lovely - guess with me not knowing the real from the other THEY'RE JUST BEAUTIFUL.
Karen

Spruce Creek Farm said...

You made some lovely pieces. My son's best friend's mother owned a ceramic shop. I should of taken lessons! My son gave me a piece from her store on mother's day about 15 years ago. I painted it and never took it in there do what ever comes after painting it. The piece later broke and I had to throw it away. I hear that she is now in the process of selling the store.
I think to bring your post up closer together just keep hitting your backspace key after writing your very last word. I believe that is what I've did when I see a lot of space between post. I hope that helps.
I myself used to live in MI.
Brenda

Kelli said...

Just beautiful! You are very talented!
~Kelli

Connie W said...

I did ceramics too, a long long time ago. I had lots of fun and made several gifts.