The photo here was taken in Bright Angel fault, perhaps GC's most famous fault for the 'highway' like corridor trails it provides to the bottom and back from each canyon rim - North and South.
Most of the faults in the Canyon, cut through each layer of rock dating from as recent as 10,000 year old lava flows, to Precambrian rock that dates back to over 2 BILLION years!
To be able to see all these layers of time is simply incredible. But the hike to see them ALL, is not for everyone... More on that next time ⚡️ Answer to my last post: Photograph was captured just below the two miles on the Bright Angel Trail.
WINNER, WINNER , WINNER 🤗🤗🤗
🎉🎉 Carissa Miller 🎉🎉🎉
Dinner is on us 😁😁😁 We have your $50 Gift Card to Texas Roadhouse 🥩🥩🥩Come to J and K’s Feed in Hesperia when you get a chance 🙌🙌🙌 Enjoy ! 😋😋😋
We would like to thank every single person who participated in this contest . We enjoy serving the High Desert 🌵 🌵🌵and treating our customers well 🤝🤝🤝
We will be doing another raffle in a month . Keep an eye on it. We hope you all enjoyed participating in this contest just as we enjoyed running it. Happy Wednesday! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Coming up! Incense Making Workshop, Sunday, March 8th! 🌿🔥
Visit our website to reserve your spot (link in bio).
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Incense has been for thousands of years as offerings to the gods, to heal the sick, and to purify the body. In this class we will use resins such as frankincense, copal, and amber in combination with plants, flowers, spices, joss wood, and high quality essential oils and botanical extractions to create all natural incense sticks and cones. Each participant will leave with a set of their own hand-rolled incense sticks and cones and the knowledge to continue this practice at home.
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Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
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Registration link: https://www.highdesertobservatory.com/fragrance-apothecary/incense-cones
I’ll be the first to admit I had low expectations for these jackrabbit mugs. I wasn’t sure about the glazes I was using, wasn’t sure my carvings would look as crisp as I hoped. I didn’t get my hopes up purposefully in case they didn’t pan out. Just life lessons of a potter that I’ve learned over and over. But last night, I unloaded the kiln. Just as a huge thunderstorm hit us, winds tossing the trees back and forth, dark clouds and purple lightning flashing in the sky, I found some magic in the kiln✨
This is one of my favorite parts of the process. Bringing the art back into the nature that inspires it✨
I find it so serendipitous that we had this howling wolf (or coyote or dog or whatever you want it to represent) mug with us as we watched a wild coyote howl right in front of us. And the mug matching my outfit, well that’s just a nice bonus 🙌🏼
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My happy little wood kiln. This is a super important tool and is where the pottery magic happens. Turning earth into wares we can enjoy everyday. Giving them extraordinary surfaces.
The #1 question is always- how hot does it get? About 2400’F. The fire box is in the front. We load all the pots inside, on wads, completely packed and then brick up the door and fire for several days. This takes a FULL day and then some. It burns about a cord of wood per day and you can fire this kiln as long or short as you want.
We usually do 35-55 hours depending on the pots we are firing and how much ash they need. The amount of surface decoration and exterior glazes shorten the length of time. I like to keep it efficient with time and fuel. Just enough to achieve the desired results.
So, there’s a ton of work that goes into firing this way. Wood harvesting, cutting, splitting, stacking. Cleaning the kiln, posts and the shelves. Vacuuming the kiln, grinding bricks. Mixing kiln wash and wadding, cone packs. Organizing people to help.
Also, quite a bit of expense to build, maintain and get wood. Most importantly time and energy.
It’s a beautiful process though, that I am blessed to participate in and lead. I love the teamwork and long but short hours around the kiln. Food, fun, talking with other potters. And of course the finished pots.🌟 How on earth can you figure all of this into the price of a pot? Still trying to figure that out and strike a balance between making a little and keeping it affordable. Honestly, it’s an extremely challenging way to earn a living, keeps me humble but also inspired and full of gratitude. 🔥
Soon I will be having a show of the 25 best from my last firing in my Etsy shop.
Stay tuned and thank you for your support.😁
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Matt and I finished work the other night, fed the cats and ate some leftover pizza. We were tired out of our minds from the heat and a long days work, but Matt asked if I wanted to get cleaned up and go for a quick walk somewhere. I was reluctant, tired and covered in glaze, but thought stretching our legs would do us some good.
We drove for about 15 minutes before we found a path by the train tracks, and set out for a walk in the sunset light. The smoke from Arizona fires caused an otherworldly haze, filtering the light into shades of pink and orange long before the sun actually set. As we walked we noticed the intoxicating smells of the desert wildflowers, purple, orange, and the blue green sage brush.
Suddenly a small cottontail raced into our path. He veered around us, but was followed shortly by a hungry coyote who took one glance at us and decided it safer to abandon his dinner. As quickly as he appeared he vanished into the brush. Not long after we saw him again up ahead, barking and howling to some friends close by. We watched him toss his head back and let out that eerie howl, then jump through the high grasses to join his pack. It’s safe to say I’ll be forever changed having seen a coyote howl right in front of me.
And to think, I almost turned Matt down for this quick little sunset hike.
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Adding more of this winner glaze combo to the shop this Saturday, mark your calendars!