Posts Tagged ‘Bristol’

14
Feb

Success in the Studio … and Beer!

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Frit

9 February 2011

My last day in California. And, a day of triumph. I have learned so much this week—honed some skills I’ve been building for six years, and jumped head first into others. I’ve had to remember, relearn, unlearn and develop muscle memory—both physical and mental! I have gained tons of confidence and am very proud of where I am. And, today (with Kyrana’s prodding and assistance) I plead my case to the gaffer and convinced her I was ready to make a tumbler. I knew I needed coaching—the only reason I hadn’t tried a little clear cup the night she left me to practice snowmen—but I was confident I wouldn’t need a further bail-out. I knew I could make my own bubble, now. I knew I could do all my own gathering and marvering. I was pretty sure I could handle the jacks and the papering (although it turned out that the papering was my weakest spot). There were a couple of other areas that were still pretty foreign (dealing with the blow-hose), but I figured I could do what I was told to do. And, Shannon would punte and ultimately break the piece off the punte if I got it that far. So, after some quiet convincing, she gave the project her blessing and redirected the rest of the afternoon into that flavor of teaching. I went first, then Minda, then Kyrana.

It was a bit grueling, and at one point, I wasn’t sure the little thing was going to live, but when all was said and done, I put a charming little purple cane and white frit covered glass into the leer! Other than the punte and break-off, Shannon didn’t touch it. I was ecstatic … elated … and so, so grateful! The tears of relief (that I hadn’t disappointed the gaffer) and of joy and of pride were quick to the surface, and hugs all around were heartfelt and full of thanks.

Minda, too put a little cup in the leer, but it was her first attempt ever! She had more help, much like Ginger and Kelly and I all did six or so years ago on the Bristol floor when we first began our apprenticeships. But, it was very straight and indicative of how quickly she seems to pick up the movements she’s learning. Kyrana’s cup also went into the leer, with only one false start and a small bit of help. She has logged many more hours in the studio than I have, but had never tried a cup by herself. We were all so proud—of ourselves and of each other!

Shannon and Kyrana and I celebrated by going to a book signing we’d had our eye on, and then to the third of Shannon’s favorite local brewpubs—Hoppy Brewing Company. There, I had the best selection of beers I’d had all week—of the nine tastes in the flight, I loved over half of them, and only didn’t finish one.

Great friends, personal growth and success, awesome beer … beautiful glass, fabulous weather …  dinner parties, lunch parties, and ice cream … six fun dogs, a few cats and a couple of chickens … it’s been an incredible week!  Tomorrow, I go home.  Glad to be going home … but so sorry to be leaving here.

~MB

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18
Sep

Shopping at Bristol

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

24 July 2010
Shopping at Bristol
Marita Beth & George shopping at the Bristol Renaissance Festival. I wish they were shopping for a new camera for me, because I think mine is on its last legs (you can tell by the focus). :-(
I also think I’m going to build me that little cart you see in the front. That will be a great display for East Wind Games

~KR

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18
Sep

Through the Screen

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Taken on 16 July
Through the Screen
A look into Marita Beth’s “living room” above the shop at Bristol. The screen does an adequate job of keeping out the mosquitos, although some of the larger ones have been known to gnaw their way through the mesh.
Cheers.
~KR

Camera Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure 0.8
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 5.8 mm
ISO Speed 100
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire

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19
Jun

On Beltane and Birthdays and Brocade

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Burgundy Brocade

1 May 2010

I cannot remember exactly why I took this macro photo of this lovely burgundy damask brocade fabric. That’s what I get for being so far behind. But, what I do remember about this beautiful spring day is that it was a day of merriment and celebration … not just because it was Beltane, but because it was Kat’s birthday, as well.

Being a Bristol faire girl, Kat had never spent her birthday at faire on a faire day … until now. And, I’m pretty sure she’s sold on the concept!

As if it isn’t enough fun to celebrate your birthday at faire, with all the songs and flowers and hugs and silliness, but on Beltane?! What a great, life-affirming combination!

So, Happy Birthday, Kat! And, Happy Birthday to KellyeBeth, Kyle’s sister, as well!

~MB

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