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Foxy-Wolff on the Farm

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If you have read earlier posts, you know that the Foxy-Wolff studio is in an old barn on a horse farm.  To earn our keep, we devote the late spring and early summer entirely to the horses and the farm.   Its  been an intense season, and we are finally getting to a point where a day off is possible from time to time.

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Our main responsibilities are centered around the care of the horses.  The farm is a breeding facility for primarily quarter horses and the season is composed of caring for client horses that have come to the farm to be bred with artificial insemination.  Gabe and I are go to guys for the day-to-day care of all the animals.  At our busiest this meant feeding over a ton of hay a day and keeping the corrals clean and ready for clients who come to view the facility.  Gabe also assists with the vet and breeding aspect of things.

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Another daily part of a farm day is caring for the extensive gardens that are kept.  These pics are of us diverting a bit of time to a trough container garden outside the studio.  The stucco pony is aging incredibly well and enhances every season at the farm.

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We are also in charge of maintenance for the grounds and facilities.  In these pics we are digging up a corner of the property to find a drain pipe that has been covered over time.  There was a thunderstorm in the middle of the project and we were soaked.  This maintenance includes tons of driving farm vehicles and the hooking and unhooking of endless trailers and equipment to trucks, tractors and ATV’s.  Most days we take no breaks in a 10 hour day and we have not had a proper day off since April.  The farm is my mom’s place and so for my kids, my work days are spent at grandmas house.  It’s a sweet deal.  photo 1

Back in the saddle

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A new semester began at FHSU this past Monday and I returned to the studio to resurrect the play set and prepare it for firing.  In spite of 6 weeks dry time and constant careful attention it cracked in several places.  Part of the reason for this was the massive walls of the “rock” body vs the very delicate interior of the space.  I used my favorite recipe for fire able fixes: 200 clay slip from summit brick (its primarily fire clay with lots of grog) Karo syrup and toilet paper.  This gets me great consistent results in stoneware clays with little follow up needed.

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This piece is intended to serve as a prop in my next video project to be installed on You Tube.  As the project has taken its sweet time to be ready to fire It has allowed the concept for the work to evolve.  While I still intend to base the production of the video off toy commercials of the 80’s, I have increasingly wanted to say something real about work and employment based on my experience dealing with the twists and turns of my job over the last year.  The goal for this piece is to make a video and an object that on first glance is light and funny, but carries the human content and meaning that I need my work to contain.  Stay tuned, it goes in the kiln this morning.