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A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

Filtering by Tag: it's late

Ramble/Gamble

Michael Kline

a tumbler in mid-facet
the table and it's trimmings

dipped in slip tumblers/vases


"I'm tellin' 'bout the midnight rambler
Well, honey, it's no rock 'n' roll show
Well, I'm a-talkin' 'bout the midnight gambler
and everybody got to go
"--the Rolling Stones

"...inspiration illuminates at the strangest times...the still of the night can bring the sharpest clarity to the creative mind that otherwise might struggle in the fog of daylight and all its distractions.:))..we are a weird mob" ---Sharon Risdale from Facebook

Here I am telling you all about it. The crunch week has begun in its typical late night fashion. All of this with some sort of hope that in the flurry something good gets made.

I began this series with the intention of faceting these pots and ended up throwing some new shapes and not even faceting some. Funny how change comes along. Although the unfaceted ones will be a bit heavier than intended, they will make nice vases. It's a tough call to leave the pots as they are and take the risk of a hunch that they will be good. But I guess it's all about the gamble. More news tomorrow.


What I See

Michael Kline

one of the joys of trimming!

so I got tired of all the Roman numerals!

[NOTE] If you're just joining the blog, I usually inscribe on each pot the firing number in Roman numerals. But XXXIII began to take too much scratching. So I've made a stamp!

I know you're probably wondering what other 33's you know of. Well here are a few, excluding the obvious sports figures who donned a jersey with the numeral 33, from Wikipedia...
  • In reference to gramophone records, 33 refers to a type of record by its revolution speed of 33⅓ revolutions per minute. 33s are also known as long playing records, or LPs. See: 78 and 45
  • A significant number in modern numerology, one of the master numbers along with 11 and 22
  • A song by The Smashing Pumpkins on their album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Also a song by Coheed and Cambria on their album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade (the songs are not related)
  • The title of the first episode of the new Battlestar Galactica television series
  • The 33 Strategies of War is a book by Robert Greene
  • 33 is the coming of age of a hobbit in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
  • In French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish and Portuguese, the word a patient is usually asked to say when a doctor is listening to his or her lungs with a stethoscope (Trente-Trois, Trentatrè, Treizeci şi trei, Treinta y Tres and Trinta e Três)
  • The code for international direct-dial phone calls to France
  • A normal human spine has 33 vertebrae when the bones that form the coccyx are counted individually
  • The number printed on all Rolling Rock beer labels
  • The namesake of the private club, Club 33, located in Disneyland's New Orleans Square.
  • The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry has 33 degrees.
  • Number of victims, including the suspect, that were all killed in the Virginia Tech Massacre, April 16, 2007.
  • 33 were Uruguay's national Independence Heroes that liberate the country in 1825 from the Brazilian Empire, they are popularly known as "Treinta y Tres Orientales" (The Thirty-Three Orientals), one of Uruguay's national states and its capital city is named " Treinta y Tres" after them.
  • A religious image of the Virgin Mary from the XVIII Century is known in Uruguay as "Virgen de los Treinta y Tres" (Virgin of the Thity-Three) consecrated by Pope John Paul II in his visit to Uruguay in 1988.
  • 2008 is the first time in 33 years that the United States has sent a satellite to explore and orbit Mercury (January 15, 2008)
  • Progressive Metal band Meshuggah released their album "Catch 33" in the year 2005.
  • In 2008, musician Teddy Geiger gives clues to fans about his new single, "march" which dropped March 3, or "33". In late May he announced 33 brand new songs that his fans could choose from to create their own album, called TG33.
  • '33' (three-three) is a Nigerian produced brand of beer.
  • N.A.S.A's Pathfinder landed on Mars, location 19.5° N by 33.3° W, on July 4, 1997.
  • The number of the French department Gironde
  • Beethoven's Op.120 consists of 33 variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli
  • Dante wrote the Divine Comedy in 3 canticas - each consisting of 33 cantos.
  • United Nations symbol has 33 segments.