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Kissed By The Flame

Some pots are quiet, they don’t speak of carving or imagery. This one didn’t even speak of glaze colors or designs. Sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to the quiet. That would probably have been a better name for this post, maybe it’s the name of the vase. With nothing but a spearmint liner glaze, this piece was placed in the soda kiln. It’s about 11 inches tall so it was put in the top with a sculpture and a few other tall pieces. The soda and the flame did the decoration.

The vase is still very quiet but I think it came out well. I’m pleased with the painting the soda and flame did.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Galleryby Lori Buff

Desert Botanical Gardens

You may have noticed a lack of posts on this blog this week. That's because I was in Arizona visiting my family. It was a fun trip, with time spent with my parents, Aunt, Uncle, cousins and their children (my second cousins I think).

One of the things we did for fun was a visit to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.  Which is a very cool place.  Well, it's the desert south west so it's actually hot, but you get the ideal.

The gardens not only had interesting cacti and succulents but desert wild flowers, a butterfly house and sculptures.
Winter by Philip Haas

One exhibit is by artist and film maker Philip Haas. It's based on the paintings of the renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.  These giant heads represent the four seasons in vegetation and are really kind of fun.

Sculpture by Carolina Escobar
This piece is from the Whispers of a New World: Sculptures by Carolina Escobar exhibit. Escobar is a local artist who builds large scale, brightly colored sculptures that are inspired by nature.

They are also displaying some Chihuly glass sculptures which are awesome.  If you ever get a chance to go to these gardens you really should.


  1. been to the gardens in Tuscon must check out Phoenix, I love desert landscapes.

  2. I have always wanted to visit the desert... someday I will get there.

    1. You should, it's a great place to visit.

  3. totally cool indeed...and that is SO unfair, you went from a warm place to a warm place! and some of us, still in the parkas and gloves ;)


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