What We’re Working On Today

Terry and I decided a year ago to build a pizza oven outside (who knew such things were possible?)  He bought a book called “Build Your Own Earth Oven” and we dreamed over the winter.  Today he and the kids made it possible (I was the official photographer and got to remain mud-free while I sewed… more on those projects later).

It was very messy, but that is the part the kids loved. We used found cinderblocks from one neighbor and old bricks from another. The clay came from our property. We had discovered pockets of wonderful clay years ago and Terry and the boys dug some up this afternoon. Terry got the marble base from a kitchen countertop place up the road. So, all we were out were 8 bags of sand. Not a bad investment for a little outdoor oven!

First you sculpt the desired dome shape out of sand on top of your marble base.  Line the front with bricks (this will be your door).  Next mix together your clay and sand (our clay is pretty dense, so this took a 3part sand/1part clay ratio) with a little water.  Slowly add the water, as you can always put in more, but can’t take it out!

Next cover the sand-dome newspaper, then add a layer of  the clay mixture.  Be sure to press the clay not into the dome, but into the base.  This will keep the shape of the dome and make the structure sturdier.  Your final clay thickness should be about 3-4 inches.

Now we wait to see if the oven dries… this should take a few days.  When it is dry, we’ll remove the sand, see if it stands, then move onto the insulation.  Will post about that later, or about the utter failure of our project!  Stay tuned!


I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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2 comments on “What We’re Working On Today
  1. Lera says:

    You guys are awesome! So glad we know you!

  2. […] excited too.  By the way, this photo of Terry was taken last month when we finally cooked with the pizza oven we built several years ago.  The pizza was amazing — worth the wait!  If you click on the […]

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