I found this great video by accident while I was looking at techniques on straw bale and adobe building. Sunset magazine had the plans for one of these, once. I always wanted to make it — but look how cool this one is! A brick pizza oven from Glasgow.
There are free plans available at the link above.
I think what I want is slowness at this point in life. Just slowness. I look at my pottery studio in the garage and I really want to make a place where I can actually set it up. Really. I love to cook and I’d like a real space to garden, too. These are things I want. For myself.
When I first saw New Mexico and the northern parts of Arizona I loved it there. Maybe it was all those pueblos I saw. I love the Hopi and Navajo spirituality that is so ancient in that part of the country.
I just want to go there.
I feel very influenced by Georgia O’Keefe. She just went. It’s very beautiful in that landscape to me. It seems like I should just be able to do something for me, for once. What I want. Instead of having to always do what he wants. That’s how this is, here.
The odd thing is he bought me my potter’s wheel when we first met. But then he didn’t really want me to actually do it. I have a whole studio in my garage just waiting to be moved. On my own I could have a great art studio. I would probably get up and feel happy to be building things. My grandfather was like that, and I’m like him. I even have his old tool box from the turn of the century. And his old garden tools. I just want to create a life for myself, somehow.
Nothing has been as difficult as this last decade. I want to find a way to keep my own spirit.