Saturday, July 15, 2017

At the Wheel in July

Ah, the summer, and the opportunity to spend a bit of time with my hands in the mud!

Janet and Glen bought a new wheel (one that goes two directions, so the left-handed crew can have a positive throwing experience).  

Plus, it means two of us can throw at the same time (or one can throw, the other can turn, and we can continue to talk).  



The person with the newer wheel also gets the view, which is as beautiful as ever.





Of course, there is still the "stigma":   the most fantastical national railway.

It was wonderful sitting under the porch at the wheel...the shade was needed, as it was 36 degrees out there. 

Scorching.   

Kiwi found a cool spot in the corner under the drying rack.

Here are the first 6 pots of the year, both thrown, and then turned. 

The first 6 pieces off the wheel
  




handles attached, underglaze on, carving done

the next three mugs done and ready for the kiln

Into the kiln for the first bisque firing of the season!






Monday, April 24, 2017

My TRC action for the summer? Learn some names....

TRC Calls to Action:  
 My Summer Focus on LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.

Call  #14(i) says:
"Aboriginal languages are a fundamental and valued element of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgency to preserve them."
Why should I wait for the federal government to enact an Aboriginal Languages Act incorporating these principles?

My thought was to figure out how to support this value by starting to learn and use words in the Indigneous language local to where I live.   Here is my goal for this year:  to start learning and using some words in SENĆOŦEN!
 




So.. I bought a great book by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda, called Saanich Ethnobotany: Culturally Important Plants of the WSANEC People (Royal BC Museum, 2012).

The title is not 'jazzy', but the content is pretty awesome.

I am going to start with THIMBLEBERRIES, also known as  which were one of the great loves of my childhood in Secwepemc Territory.  (and then I am also going to learn how to say it in Secwepemctsín!)