All about Pie – A Memorial Day experience!

We went to Boalsburg PA for the Memorial day festival on May 25th! I baked 3 different pies, Peach Ginger, Traditional Apple and a French Apple Custard.  Together the Wheeler/Schissel clan entered 13 different pies.  After the judging the pies are sliced and then sold for $2.00 a slice, so if you want to try your pie you better line up!  For more information on the contest  and celebration go here http://memorialdayinboalsburg.org/schedule.php

All our pies lined up starting with my French Apple custard pie!

All our pies lined up starting with my French Apple Custard pie!

A table full of pies!  Oh My!

A table full of pies! Oh My!

Not only is there a pie baking contest but there is also a craft fair full of country crafts, caned goods and more refined art.  I came across this potter:

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Avant Garden Pottery - Pottery for Home & Garden made by Jeff Stambaugh

Avant Garden Pottery – Pottery for Home & Garden made by Jeff Stambaugh

Jeff had the coolest ikebana flower arranging vases I have seen in a while.  I really liked that the little spikes matched the color of the pottery. Nice touch.  His pieces really displayed the flowers and the pottery- it is a nice balance. He has no website but his contact information is avanggardenpa@yahoo.com

Stamp 2-9-15

I walked out to the studio this evening to work on my stamp for the week and noticed this frost pattern on the front porch.  I took several pictures of it but could not capture the essence I was looking for but did enjoy the spiral pattern.  When I was doing the drawing I wanted one that was slightly larger on one end so that when I stamp into the clay and flip the stamp over it will create a spiral pattern down the piece as I stamp around.  We will find out if it worked when its bisque fired and I can try it out!

I started out looking at frost on the studio porch.   But couldn't quite capture the essence of what I was looking at.

I started out looking at frost on the studio porch. But couldn’t quite capture the essence of what I was looking at.

this frost almost looks like fernes or grass waving in the wind.

this frost almost looks like ferns or grass waving in the wind.

I used sketch # 14 to create the stamp.

I used sketch # 14 to create the stamp.

Stamp 2-8-15

Check out this decorative grass I saw on my run this morning!  Isn't it cool the way it spirals in?

Check out this decorative grass I saw on my run this morning! Isn’t it cool the way it spirals in?

Another view of the decorative grass.  Looking forward to the sketches and stamp that will evolve from this.

Another view of the decorative grass. Looking forward to the sketches and stamp that will evolve from this.

here are my sketches and lump of clay.  Looking forward to creating!

here are my sketches and lump of clay. Looking forward to creating!

really cool spiral!

nice long elegant spiral…

Introducing stamp 2-8-15

Introducing stamp 2-8-15

Stamp 2-7-15

So I started out these sketches with my middle and last initial.  L for Linore and S for Schissel.  Then I started day dreaming about curves and breaking it down a little further to individual parts of the letters and came up with this leaf pattern.

Initials that dissolve into imagination...

Initials that dissolve into imagination…

I settled on sketch #23

I settled on sketch #23

The beginning.  I have cut out the outline of the leaves

The beginning. I have cut out the outline of the leaves

I cut away the excess clay.

I cut away the excess clay.

and cleaned it up, taking out the inside of the leaves and giving the outside edges a clean crisp line.

and cleaned it up, taking out the inside of the leaves and giving the outside edges a clean crisp line.

The finished stamp. 2-7-15

The finished stamp. 2-7-15