Archive for September 15th, 2009

The new toy.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

A while back I baptized my good old Cannon Digital Rebel is Havasu Creek. I was getting ready to go on a hike up the creek and was debating in my mind whether to take the water proof Pelican case I usually carry the camera in. I decided not to and headed across the boats toward shore. As I left the last boat I went completely upside down and the camera was toast. The last picture I had taken with my trust old friend was this one of Christa standing on her boat.
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Since loosing the Rebel I have limped along using an old cannon Powershot S400. It works OK and I have captured some pretty good images with it. Last week I came in the house and left it sitting on the lid to our spa for a few minutes. It fried right up and is toast too. These cameras/computers are delicate. I was now out a camera. Yesterday I took Lee up to Salt lake to see a doctor for her back. On the way home we stopped at Costco and got a new Cannon Digital Rebel SXi. Don’t ask me what the SXi means. It is a very similar product with a lot more Mega pixels and other bells and whistles. Here are some pics I shot today while trying it out.
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As today’s storm was rolling in.

The weekend

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The firing went well. I unloaded the kiln Friday evening with the help of my friends Royden Card and his daughter Suri. I would have gotten it all done but the Plein Air painting reception was at 6 pm and I needed to be there. The reception was well attended and there was a lot of really good work.
Saturday I finished getting the new work out and priced just in time for the onslaught of tourists. The day went fast an furious. The tour started at 10 am and I was not able to sit down until 3 pm. By 5 pm people had left enough that I was able to get the pots all put away in time for I and lee to go to the artist’s BBQ at Anderson’s barn. It was pretty good after starving all day. They had a whole hog cooked very slowly in a smoker. Yum.
Early in the day someone stopped by the pot shop to let me know that the Plein Air competition had been judged and Lee took second place. I was so happy I about cried. Lee also sold the other piece she had done and one from her studio. That with the pile of pots I unloaded on my visitors made it a good day for the Bennion fund.
Here are some of the things I pulled out of the kiln.
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These jugs are different that what I have been doing. We shall see.
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This cycle of production was way long on mugs. I also made a fair amount of oval bakers, bread pans and assorted sized jugs.
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I made these vases for my friends Werner Wiexler. He is an interior designer who runs a very nice shop in the avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City.
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Little cups for whatever.
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The usual component of bowls.