Sunday, June 17, 2012

sunny side up

Thank you so much for your comments on the hollyhock post! The cup is going to Lynne H., who I will write as soon as I tell you about my promised update.....

I lost a kilnload. The whole thing; there was a miscalculation and the firing went klafooee.

I did have a woe is me moment or two. But I've tossed the pottery in the bin and I'm moving onward.



I do have a small listing of an earlier firing that did turn out; but still I'm setting off today with two others in tow, to Sebastians outdoor restaurant where I plan to have a turkey sandwich to go with my beer, which will be the main course.





And where I plan to do plenty of birdwatching inbetween sips.

xxx

julie







juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

37 comments:

millefeuilles said...

Dear Julie,

I have a bad case of 'The Wants'! I love your work. Pure and simple.

Stephanie

Tracey Broome said...

Oh Julie! If it makes you feel any better, you know that we have all had those kiln losses! So sorry, the first thing that came to mind was mosaics anyone?!
I think I would have to have more than one beer with that sandwich!!! The kiln gods do make us stronger don't they?!
xo

Aprilgirl said...

Oh Julie, my condolences to you for all of your recent kiln woes. The "kiln gods" have been awfully harsh lately. Glad to hear you are moving on...a beer, a good sandwich, and some bird watching sound like a good antidote to all of your frustrations. Happy (almost) summer!

lynne h said...

i mean it, i can't even begin to tell you how excited i am that i won!!

i just showed my dh - "look what i just won."

: ) : ) : )

thank you, julie... have a wonderful beer sipping, birdwatching day!!!!

xoxo

lynne

Lisa Graham Art said...

Oh no Julie! Bless your heart. Have two beers...that will help.

Lucky Lynne! She's amazing and deserves it!

Librarian said...

Sorry to hear about the lost kiln load! And since each of your pieces is unique, these are really irreplaceable...
But you are right in moving on and not crying over spilled milk, so to speak.

Loved the hollyhocks post - for some reason, it never appeared on my dashboard, I found it only today when I was intrigued by the mention of your giveaway and clicked on "older post".

art spirit said...

Oh! so sorry about the naughty kiln...
LOVE those new pieces...make me happy just to look at the photo!
Hope the lunch was wonderful!

The Sea Garden said...

That's awful about your kiln load. I loved you holly hock post too. Your pottery is more beautiful than ever!

Valerianna said...

Wow, a murmuration?

Sorry to hear about the firing.. ugh!
Hope your dinner and birdwatching was wonderful... blessings from the forest!

farmlady said...

Oh, I'm so sorry that happen. I guess if it can happen to you, it can happen to anyone. Is there really a "kiln god" (the one that aprilgirl mentioned)?
That last photo of the birds is amazing? Are they Starlings? Great photo.
Now... go drown your sorrows in a few beers.

Claire said...

Hey Julie, you know even if the whole kilnload went klafooee I reckon your work would still look great and I'm with Tracey......mosaics!!

Such a shame after all that time and effort though.......
Hope you had a great lunch and enjoyed the birdwatching.
Congrats to Lynne on her win and my Hollyhock seedlings are finally in the garden. Hope they turn out as lovely as yours Julie.
have a great week,

CLaire :}

Zulma said...

Hello Julie... como estas , yo ando triste por que fallecio mi suegro , y estoy con algunos problemas , hermosos tus trabajos ... besos querida amiga !!!

bloody frida said...

oh dear - I'm so sorry that you lost a kiln load. :(

Just popping by to say hello! I saw "hollyhocks" and posted on the last post just because and because I'm so absent from your blog!

:)

Tammie Lee said...

each piece is entirely charming!
yum to your meal and your bird watching too!

hensteeth said...

Oh how I wish I could join you for that sandwich and beer. x

Vicky Lovejoy said...

Hi Julie,
I'm so sorry to hear about the work you lost, it must have been devastating, especially as you paint each piece so uniquely and with such care!! But I have to say I truly admire your attitude and I really hope you enjoyed the turkey sanwich and beer :) it sounds perfect!!
I love your new colourful pieces of pottery, they're so full of that special Julie Whitmore joy, I love it and congrats to lynne!!
Hugs
vicky xxx

Susan Wells said...

Oh Dear, Does the kaploie never end? Thank you anyway for reminding me of proper post-kiln disaster behavior.
Love,
Susan

Paula said...

Dear Julie, Congratulations to the winner! I am so sorry to hear about you having to throw your beautiful pottery away! I do hope you enjoyed your lunch and bird watching and that the next firing will go much better! xo~Paula

Betty said...

Lucky Lynne! So sorry you lost your kiln load - I had a day recently when all my silk painting went kapput after a faulty batch of outliner - the supplier was really nice and replaced but it doesn't make up for all that creative flow and time lost does it. Hope you will be able to replace the damaged goods. Betty

Theresa said...

Oh... Julie....that's such a disappointment. Hopefully the next firing will go much better. Enjoy the beer it sounds like you need one. :0)

Angela Recada said...

Congratulations to Lynne! So sorry about the kiln klafooee, though. I hope you enjoyed the lunch (especially the beer!)
:0)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Sorry to hear about the firing . . . sounds like you did the perfect thing, go out with friends for a lovely lunch and a delicious brew!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I can't imagine doing all that work and have it gone. I love the birds in flight. Nature is something else.

Flutterby Patch said...

Oh I know that feeling, what rotten luck Julie. Glad you were able to move on. Those bird patterns are absolutely amazing. Imagine the tumbling tangle of bodies and fighting that would break out if us humans gave it go!!! Eli x

gallerydarrow said...

Oh man Julie do I feel for you, I sometimes want to lay on the floor after those little mistakes that lead to big disaster.

The burro gardener is adorable!

The "starling ball" is WONDERFUL, that will go perfectly with a cold brew and a turkey sand..

Here's to luck and more successful outcomes!

xoxo

Patricia Griffin Ceramics said...

Darn kilns! I feel your pain... Happy to read that you're carrying on, undaunted. Yes!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Birdwatching is so much fun! Have a good time! As always, love your work!

Madelief said...

Dear Julie,

So sorry to hear about the loss of your kilnload. All the time you spent on making those beautiful items! It's good that your moving on.

The plate and cups you are showing today are very pretty!!!

Have a lovely day!

Madelief x

NanaBeast said...

I adore donkey's tail - straight up! Just tickles me.

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love work I could say that all day every day......my goodness is that really birds.....wow!

Fading Grace said...

Hello Julie, oh my I would of cried,but good for you to move on so possitively...I also just wanted to say how very much I love the things you create, they are just beautiful. Thank you for all your lovely comments of late, it makes me feel such a terribly bad blogger that I have not replied sooner, you really do cheer my day, thank you , big hugs xx
Sophie xx

Auntie Bliss said...

Awwww :/ but you are putting it behind you so I won't say a word.
Onward and upward!

Now which was the main course again??

Maria said...

Julie,
your pottery is just enchanting....
Been catching up with your posts too...
Mariax

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Oh no! Klafooee - how awful, but there are some lovely pieces to see as always Julie and as for the bird watching? What a treat. Have a rewarding weekend. Lesley x

vicki said...

Julie-- oh no/ I'm sorry for that bit of bad luck-- I can only imagine that it was disheartening for you--/- nothing a good beer can't fix though!

Congrats to your winner--- lucky duck she is!

Oh oh oh --- that bird photo is fabulous!
Xo
Vicki

Zuzu said...

So sorry you lost a whole kilnload, Julie.
I thought of you while we were in CA last week. I couldn't remember what town you lived in, but we were in Pismo Beach & Santa Maria. LOVED seeing the ocean once again. :)
Hope you are enjoying a great weekend!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Barbara said...

A lovely dish with the Hollyhocks.

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