Shrove Tuesday

The studio here runs on coffee – Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccinos, to be exact. But today is Shrove Tuesday. That’s the Anglican version of Mardi Gras, only with pancakes instead of beads and frontal nudity. And that makes this my last Frappuccino until Easter. I’ve given up all manner of things for Lent in years past. One year I even gave up internet access, and got an incredible amount of work done. I guess I’ll find out if I get less done without coffee. I have this horrible image of Alan coming home one evening and finding me face-planted on the workbench!

But at least on this, my last caffeinated day, I have been busy filling up the kiln. Remember this guy?

Here he is now, with just his final detailing and glossing left to do.

He’s unusual in that I have done most of his dappling by hand, using thin washes of color much like I used to do when I cold-painted. That’s also how the mapping around his pattern was done, though I’m not sure it’s especially visible in this photo. I am anxious to see how he turns out!

And over the weekend I finished up the ceramic production molds for “Moose”, Sonya Johnson’s medallion for the CT River Classic Live. He’s a nice size and has the clean lines that I enjoy painting, so I’m looking forward to glazing a few myself. It will be a week or two before the molds dry, though. His was the last mold I had planned for a while, since it won’t be long before I have to start making horses for the Spring Lottery.

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6 Responses to Shrove Tuesday

  1. Adalee February 5, 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    Happy Super* Shrove Tuesday, Lesli! That Finn… dang! Someday I want to perfect my channeling of you. If you ever feel vibes pulling from a westwardly direction, that’s me!

    Addi :)

    *I think everyone in this state has forgotten Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras in lieu of voting…

  2. mel February 6, 2008 at 12:31 am #

    So, I’m confused: are you giving up caffeine, coffee, frappuccinos, or all the above?!

  3. Lesli Kathman February 6, 2008 at 12:57 am #

    We were calling it Super Fat Tuesday here, though it’s not actually Super Tuesday for us. Our primaries aren’t until May – which makes them rather useless most years.

    And I’m just giving up Frappuccinos, Mel. Though that’s effectively giving up all of the above because it’s the only kind of coffee I drink, and I use decaffeinated when I make my sweet tea. Alan says his Lenten sacrifice will be living with me.

  4. Chelsea February 6, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Soo.. what is to become of that Finn? 😉

  5. Lesli Kathman February 7, 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    Right now he’s in what I hope is his final firing! But his final destination is Stacey Tumlinson’s home.

  6. Malin February 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm #

    WOW! I just LOVE that Finn! I have one unpainted in resin at home but haven´t decided on colour yet…

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