Walter and Sara on the road to who knows where
On Sunday August 18th, we set out on a drive to see where one of our local roads went. Lone Pine Dam Road heads west off of Hwy 77 just south of us. It starts out inauspiciously by going past the Waste Management Transfer Station. But it continues along through the National Forest past the currently dry Lone Pine Dam Reservoir and dam which was interesting.

We stopped at the top of a rise so I could take a photo of the country.

Lone Pine Dam Rd

There were lots of Prairie Sunflowers (Helianthus petiolaris) in bloom along the way.

Prairie Sunflowers (Helianthus petiolaris)

The road eventually dumps you back out on Hwy 260 in the little town of Linden. We drove back through Show Low and then stopped at Pintail Lake on our way back north on Hwy 77.

There were still Cowpen Daisies (Verbesina encelioides) in bloom there—as they were back in June.

Cowpen Daisies (Verbesina encelioides)

And Dakota Mock-vervain (Glandularia bipinnatifida) too.

Dakota Mock-vervain (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Even more surprising there was Spread Globemallow (Sphaeralcea hastulata) in bloom. We had a different variety of Globemallow in bloom in Sahuarita back in March.

Spread Globemallow (Sphaeralcea hastulata)

Here and there I spied a few James Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum jamesii).

James Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum jamesii)

All along the edge of the road there were this plants with what looked like little white flags flying. They turned out to be White-flower Skyrocket (Ipomopsis longiflora).

White-flower Skyrocket (Ipomopsis longiflora)

The white flags are the partially opened flowers. Here’s a shot of the fully opened flower.

White-flower Skyrocket (Ipomopsis longiflora)

Mixed in among these were Wright's Bird's-beak (Cordylanthus wrightii).

Wright's Bird's-beak (Cordylanthus wrightii)

The kiln over at the pottery club had been on the fritz off and on all summer. Our fearless leader, Eleanor, had replaced the relays, the thermocouple, and the coils and each time the darned thing would work for 2 or 3 firings and then die again. Finally this week, she talked to the super-tech at the Skutt Kiln factory and they gave her a suggestion which wasn’t in any of the manuals. And thank goodness it worked. The first firing after that repair came out of the kiln on Sunday August 18th.

JRR Pottery kiln load

People make everything under the sun in our studio from birdhouses to corn on the cob holders to plates and bowls and tiles.

JRR pottery club kiln load

There are spoon rests, little planters, and a pile of pieces for some wind chimes and yes, down on the bottom shelf there are a couple of Christmas trees made with coil construction.

JRR kiln load

Here are some of the things that I had in the kiln—the SW Elf has been busy doing work for Santa.

There’s a Gecko on a tile.     

Gecko on green tile

Seashells in a jewelry dish.

Seashells in a jewelry dish

A gecko on another jewelry dish.

A gecko on a jewelry dish.

Hearts on a lavender jewelry dish.   

Hearts on a lavender jewelry dish.

And an assortment of refrigerator magnets that I made on a lark.

Dragonflies Heart in circle
To cap off another gorgeous day we had a lovely sunset with pink to the northwest.

JRR sunset

And orange and red to the west.

JRR sunset  
Saturday I had been recruited to be a contributor to the Juniper Ridge Resort Facebook Page so Monday when I spied a bunch of folks working in the glaze room I took a photo of them.

JRR Glazing room

Tuesday morning was Ladies Fun Golf Day. I had planned to head down to the Pro Shop to take photos but it turned out to have started earlier than I thought. Instead, the event came to us. Starting at 8 am there were ladies in costumes trying to tee off with a tennis racket at the 15th tee. Needless to say even those with tennis experience didn’t manage to get a golf ball over the lake and onto the green.  

Playing golf with a tennis racket

Yes, the Grease Pink Ladies had pink satin baseball jackets and fancy wigs.

Playing golf with a tennis racket

They also decorated their golf carts (they were the only ones).

Decorated golf cart

And they had candy cigarettes to complete their outfits.  

Decorated golf cart and golfers

The Cheer Leaders posed for me and then went through their cheer.

Cheerleader golfers

The Village People had performed in full costume (YMCA of course) at the pro shop but some of them had traded their special headgear for sunhats by the time they reached us—An Indian, a Policewoman, a Cowgirl and a Construction Worker (who had a hardhat and a tool belt back in her cart).

Village People golfers

The next group said they didn’t have costumes so I guess this is considered normal golf gear.

Uncostumed golfers

Then we had the Doctors and Nurses in scrubs and white uniforms.

Medical Team golfers

And the ladies in evening wear—at least they didn’t have to wear heels.

Evening wear golfers

By this point it was in the upper 80’s and the ladies were beginning to look a little wilted. But the fairies’ wings were still perky.     

Fairies golfing

The Cougars were dressed for the weather and had their own coach. Don’t you love the pom poms on the shoes?

JRR Cougars golfing

I don’t know what this team’s actual name was but I called them the Bling Team for all the shiny fun stuff on their shirts.

Bling Team golfers

Last up at our hole were the White Rabbits. Their ears were back in their carts but most of them still had their tails on.

White rabbit golfers

They were ready to head back to the clubhouse where the men (who had had their Fun Day the day before on the front 9 of the golf course) served them mimosas and chicken salad on croissants.

Wednesday August 21st, we had a class at the pottery studio learning how to put stained glass (to be melted) into our pottery pieces.    

JRR Pottery glass class

We glazed our pieces and then placed glass in strategic places in the designs.

JRR Pottery glass class

To frosting on the cake another load was ready out of the kiln.

I had an arty fern in a jewelry bowl (the photo doesn’t do the glaze justice it’s really interesting).

Fern on jewlery bowl

And a dragonfly in a blue jewelry bowl.

 a dragonfly in a blue jewelry bowl.

And one more of by silly salad plates.

Romaine Calm

There was a second one of these that said “Romaines of the Day” but it had blisters all over it. We think it was because I scraped the dregs from the bottle to finish it.

We fired it again and the blisters went away and then the plate looked like it had leprosy.   

Romaines of the day

So I’ve reglazed it with an entirely different glaze (which is a super gamble) and we’ll see what I get.

Eleanor went out of her way to load the kiln with as may of our glass projects as she could get into the kiln and a few days later here are some examples of what came out. There were hearts with glass centers a plates with glass bottoms.

JRR glass in pottery

Crackled glass in the bottom of a free-form bowl.

JRR glass in pottery

A little blue ocean in a seashore themed bowl for a granddaughter.

JRR glass in pottery

Glass on the rim of a bowl. Each piece was individually placed and then it melted however it wanted.

JRR glass in pottery

Here’s another plate with glass that went one direction but not another.

JRR glass in pottery

And here’s a framed heart with glass in the center.

JRR glass in pottery

I made a series of small bowls to test how glazes would interact with the glass. Here’s one that came out fairly well. Low fire glazes don’t run very much and it’s taking me a while to get used to that. I’d hoped that the blue would run down into the black but it stayed put.

JRR glass in pottery

We all enjoyed playing with the glass but it does have it’s limitations. The resulting product isn’t food safe (because of the fact that the glass crazes) and you just never know what the heck it’s going to do—and your piece better be perfectly level or you’ll end up with a puddle of glass that’s off center.