New Pottery in Progress

Another studio session has started at The Clay Studio and I'm taking another wheel throwing class. This quarter I'm off and running with some mugs of varying shapes with a few different takes on flat-formed handles. I'm hoping to further hone in my skill in throwing specific shapes like mugs and bowls while also further developing a cohesive form language for handles and overall glaze effect. 

Kites and Indigo Dye!

The indigo dye becomes more blue as it oxidizes.

The indigo dye becomes more blue as it oxidizes.

Over the holiday weekend I was visiting my family. While together we flew some kites and played around with some indigo tie-dying. Not pictured was the home-made ice cream that we made using rock-salt and a manual crank-style machine. We used a recipe for vanilla ice cream from The New York Times.

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July too! 

My mother dipping into the indigo vat.

My mother dipping into the indigo vat.

Unicode Emoji Icons

Today I was poking around on the internet to find out the copyright restrictions for the emoji icons that are used on the iPhone. A quick search lead me off to site that explains a bit of the background of the icons themselves. I guess they were developed by Japanese mobile phone companies as a way to send icons in the message without having to send the actual image data. Instead a simple code is sent to the phone that tells it to display an image that was stored on the phone. Here's the blog post that explains the history and gives the full run down of the emoji and the licensing/copyright details of the Apple version. 

This link shows the variation between some of the different icons from different makers.

Also during my searching I came across the Unicode site and they have various collections of icons. The above image is something I patched together from a few different links. They are available online in PDF format. Here is the first, the second and the third