Archive for September, 2009

Thank You!
September 21, 2009

Thanks to all of you who joined in on the “Name My Truck” contest. And a big thank you to those who came to my studio sale and to those who couldn’t come but took a moment to wish me well. It was a very fun Friday night! We kept the beer cold in a sink full of ice and the tamales warm in the electric kiln. A clay studio is a great place to have a party! People left with some great bargains. The weekend went well enough for me to plan a “Tara’s Second Annual We’ll Try It Again 20% Off In My Studio Sale”…perhaps in the springtime. Coming next…posts about ceramics! (I learned something recently) Of course there will be plenty of posts about Susie Q. I am starting two folders of images now…”Girls in My Truck” and “Boys By My Truck”.
A preview…

My “Lovely In All Ways” daughter, Whitney. She has just started grad school in St. Louis in the field of public health/epidemiology.

Girls In Boots In My Truck! Yipee!

My “bestest” friend John. Check out his website!

Boys By My Truck.
Steve and Dale do wonderful things with furniture finishing. They finished a large dresser for me that I love!

She Has A Name!
September 18, 2009


Thank all of you for your entries! They were all great suggestions. I especially enjoyed reading the reasons for your choices. A lot of nostalgia came my way. I have the best friends ever!
And the winner is…
the entry from…

Wait, wait! Before you scream “Foul Play!”… before you accuse us of a nepotistical romp…
Well, it is true that brother Randy had inside information… but even with that, I’m sure that when you know the name you will totally agree!! Remember how the story of the truck started out? With my father, right? Well, my brother remembered that my dad called my mom…


and Susie Q it is!


Virginia Sue Stockdale and William Earl Haddock
Married on New Year’s Day, 1951
Resting in Peace Together

Thanks to all of you for sharing my fun. Susie Q is making her debut tonight at Red Star Studios.

Tara’s Perhaps Annual We’ll See How It Goes 20% Off In My Studio Sale!
September 12, 2009

(If you hopped on to read my Chevy truck post, just scroll down a bit.)


In the spirit of my beloved Westside neighborhood… fresh tamales and cold beer. I’ll also throw in some Latin music and we should have a good time on Friday night.

If you live in the area of KC, stop by Red Star Studios for my 20% Off Sale! (If you live out of town, I always ship for free off of my website )

The Sale:
Friday, Sept. 18th, 6-9 pm
Saturday, Sept. 19th, 10 am – 4 pm

821 West 17th…4 blocks west of Broadway on 17th. Side entrance off of Madison.

Here is some of my work…all glazed up and ready to be loaded in the kiln. I have new bud vase and tumbler forms for this sale. Maybe a good time for some early holiday shopping?


Hope to see you this weekend!
Only two days left to enter the “Name My Truck” contest. You can’t win if you don’t play! Details below, just scroll… Lynn Smiser Bowers has three entries! That girl wants a ride! Winner announced on Friday morning on this, my wordpress blog.

My ’65 Chevy Truck
September 8, 2009

I attained my love of old vehicles from my father. The first car I “drove” was by sitting on the lap of my dad and steering while he braked and accelerated his ’49 Willys Jeep. It was similar to this one but green.


Following are my father’s vehicles, ones I drove while growing up. In chronological order, of course.


The best way to learn about clutches and gears.


A great wagon for the drive-in movie!


Dad’s was red. Most fun with doors off! He kept the top on, though.


Not exactly a “cool” car in high school but it had a huge engine. Man, could it go!

My “auto ed” began early in my years and started with “Come hold the light for me.” Soon I had been taught enough for “Hand me the wrench. No, the crescent!” As I grew older, I learned quite a bit about vehicles. I actually remember the time my dad showed me where the zerts (sp?) were on my first car…


My ’69 Mustang was similar to this but had a white vinyl top. 302 3-speed. I actually installed a water pump on it once and only had four bolts left over! I kept it for 13 years.

Any time I have ever been out with my father, he always pointed out the older or in some way special automobiles. What he loved most were the pick-up trucks. He always wanted a pick-up but he never had one. I don’t know why because he always had fine enough cars…Jeeps, a ’72 Ford LTD, and later, Lincoln Continentals. His last truck was a GMC Jimmy, close…but not a pick-up. He actually seemed to “pine” for an old pick-up and I wish I had asked him why he didn’t ever own one. Of course, every time I see an old pick-up, I think of my father.

For the last couple of years, I have been preparing to replace my Ford Escort. I was going to buy a friend’s ’05 Civic…not a car I particularly wanted but would admittedly be a good choice. His plans changed recently so within the last two weeks I became comfortable with keeping the Escort. It’s a great car actually. Simple. I have to roll up my own window, I lock the doors without one of those clicker things that I don’t even know the name of, I push a clutch and shift the gears. Ten years ago, I actually had to order this car because dealers don’t tend to order “simple” cars for the lot. “Simple”, remember this word…it is important to the following story…

So here I am, prepared for something but not looking! This, friends is when magic happens…

… last Saturday night, I was working in my studio, my friend, Bowie walked in and said, “Did you see the truck outside?” You know me well enough now to know that I hopped up and stepped out. When I saw… I think my heart actually went pitty pat! Because there, right there…was parked a…


Thanks to “auto ed” (Dad), I guessed it was a ’65. Make a comment by clicking “Leave a Response” to join the “Name the Truck” contest. Winner gets a ride! (it’s a girl, by the way)

As I walked closer, I wondered if… and glanced to check…”Yes, there is a sign stuck up in the windshield!”. It was for sale. I thought about it all night and woke up thinking about it the next morning. On Sunday, I was describing the truck to my friend Brock. I said, “Maybe I could get it and keep it for a year or two just for fun.” He looked up dreamily and said, “That, would be a great year.” That’s when I knew that the truck would be mine.

The next day the owner, Scott, brought the truck back over to Red Star. He and his wife, Angela, had driven it here on Saturday night to eat dinner at Lill’s. I told him I wanted to take it down on the boulevard for my buddy, Ryan, to check out. Ryan lives across the street from me and knows all about old vehicles. When I asked, “May I drive?”, Scott hesitated…”Do you know how to…” I interrupted with “Oh, yeah.” Still hesitant, Scott said, “Most people don’t know how to drive an old…” “Oh, I’m good…trust me.” He was so sweet, not wanting to offend me but not quite willing to hand over the keys. Third time convinced and I hopped in behind the wheel. Ryan and his buddies, Chad and Zeke gave it a good going over and gave me the “thumbs up”. Next thing I knew…I had a truck.


1965 Chevrolet C10, high torque 230 six cylinder, three on the tree, long bed.


lonnnnnnnnngggg! bed


This is the front!


This is the rear!


A great thing about the truck is that the plate goes well with the color!

My neighbor, “north” Mark (I have a “south Mark, too) just made the first entry into the name the truck contest. It was an “off the front porch” entry. You may enter at the beginning of this post or through facebook.


A great thing about my truck is that it matches my glaze!


I have been accused of wearing socks to match my truck. But the color of my truck is much prettier. It is the color of…

September sky!


This is the bed! I stood on the bumper and wasn’t tall enough to get it all in!

Have you noticed my over use of exclamation marks!?


This is the interior!


I think this is the ash tray!


This is the glove box! The seat belts are in there but soon they will be in their proper place. On the left is a journal where I will keep the maintenance record. Also, passengers may write in observations we make while “on the road”!


I swear I am not dressing to match my truck! Really.

So, as you can see, there are many great things about my truck. But remember how this post began? I want to share with you the best thing about my truck…


In 1965, a farmer in Arkansas bought this truck from a dealer in Huntsville. The dealer’s name is stamped on the back bumper. I didn’t notice this until after I bought the truck.

Hold on to your hat, Daddy-O…this “ride’s” for you.


William ( Bill ) Earl Haddock. 1924-2008.

Enter the “Name the Truck” Contest! You can’t win if you don’t play!

Check back for truck stories and pictures… coming soon, “Girls in My Truck”.

September 4, 2009

Here is the, fresh out of the kiln, Costco Sorbet Koozie Set! I put a lemon sorbet in for your enjoyment…then I ate it.

This set is sold but I am taking orders!

Also showing at the “Food Specific” Side Gallery Show at Red Star Studios in September is my
“Tara’s Personal Get Your Hands Off, Girlfriend, I Am WATCHING! A Movie… Chip n Dip!”

It is small…just my size…3 inches high, 6 long and 5 wide. You can’t see it here, I got a little crazy with the dip (hey, the sorbet made me hungry!), but there is a wee blue bowl attached to the rim to hold the dip. This one is way not for sale…uh…read the title…but I would make one just for you:)

Sneak Peak
September 3, 2009

The place…Red Star Studios Ceramic Center
The date…September 4th, First Friday
The time…6-9pm
The Side Gallery Show…”Food Specific”

This month we have been making vessels that are designed to serve a specific food. Here is a sneak peak at the vessels I will have in the show…

These are the tools I used:


What? No tools?? That is because I made…

Pinch pots!

I brushed on four count ’em four layers of terra sigillata.

When a batch of terra sig is mixed up, the heavy particles settle, the water rises to the top and…

we syphon off the solution of fine particles that remains in the middle. This part is what we use to give a sheen to bare clay.

When the clay dried, I buffed it with plastic to bring out that “siggy shine”.

I fired them in the electric kiln to cone 04 then brushed on three layers of glaze. Wait! What’s that? Are those l i t t l e s p o o o o n s ??? “What on earth is she making?”, you may be asking yourself. Here is a hint…they are not bowls. Here is another hint…I have a Costco card.

I brushed on three layers of another glaze.

After brushing on an undulating black line, I Ioaded them back into the kiln for a cone 06 firing. And yes, those are spoons. But those are not bowls! Really. If you have shopped at Costco this summer, you hopefully discovered…

Yummy, yum, yum, yummy. These sorbets come in the shells of oranges, lemons, little pineapples, and wee coconuts. They are toooo cold to hold onto and are odd little sizes. They don’t fit in just any bowl. So I made…you guessed it! Costco Sorbet Koozies!!

I am clever…like a fox.
Join us at Red Star Studios for “Food Specific”. We will have a very informal potluck, serving food in the vessels we have made. (12 quick foxes will eat sorbet) Check out for information on the excellent new show in the main gallery and upcoming class schedule.
The “fox” in the kiln was made by Calder.