Love story…

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The Owl and the Pussy-cat

by Edward Lear

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The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
         You are,
         You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”
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Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
   But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
             His nose,
             His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.
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“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
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Megan Bottari, from  The Owl and the Pussycat series (including She missed the boat and Cat overboard!), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Waxing lyrical…

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Megsie’s getting so much pleasure from making these…we’ll let you into a little secret – they’re actually a rhapsody in G (for Giuseppe) minor.

 

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Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf: It’s blue (homage to Klausie and Robert), Lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

 

Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf River Mouth

Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf River Mouth (flip)

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Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf: River Mouth, lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

 

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Megan Bottari, She missed the boat (from The Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

 

We have the most delicious palette to work through (we love you, James Thompson)…

 

my palette

 

…so we’re beating a constant track to the workshop (…as you do.) Happy happy joy joy.

 

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Megsie

 

But wait, there’s more…

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Megsie’s been expanding the fleet, and getting fanciful with a childhood favourite. You can’t imagine how much fun she’s having in the workshop…

 

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Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf: Fleet Review (against the tide), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Without a paddle (Bluebell, from the Surf and Turf series)

Megan Bottari, Without a paddle (Bluebell, from the Surf and Turf series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

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Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf: Fleet Review (against the tide), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, The Owl and the Pussycat

Megan Bottari, The Owl and the Pussycat, lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

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Megan Bottari, Cat Overboard!

Megan Bottari, Cat Overboard!

 

Megsie

A stirring at the station…

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It’s been a wee while since the last post and we have to confess that the workshops have been in a state of almost total inertia for the last month and a half…the Muzzbotts have been staying, say no more. [Hey, it’s a work-life-family priority/balance kinda thang. Family always wins. n(Ed)]

But those lazy hazy crazy days of summer are finally winding up and the advent of our favourite season, Autumn, has lured us back to the fray. The arvo lights have returned to the workshop – hoorah – and it’s such a pleasure hanging out in there (…not least in anticipation of happy hour!)

Anyways, Megsie’s kicked the year off supersizing the oyster shells in drop-dead gorgeous, lickable pink…

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Megan Bottari, lost wax cast lead crystal oyster shells, dimensions variable.

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…and augmenting the colour range, inspired by local beaches; Pambula River Mouth turquoise,  Tathra blue, Eden deep green/blue, and so forth (…so that ‘lazy’ summer has, let’s face it, been quite gainfully spent!) Never fear, it’s not that we’re creatively stuck on the oysters – but the very fact that we live in prime oyster territory (Tathra’s Nelson Lake oysters have won Best Oysters in NSW for donkey’s years, Wapengo’s close on their heels and the list goes on and on) makes it akin to a sacrilege to merely sideline them. And who would want to, they’re so delicious in that fabulous Blackwood crystal.

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Ginger, meanwhile, after working on the drawings on and off for the last year and a bit, has finally kicked into metal – we’re talking her Ratsutra series, people (eagerly awaited by those in the know.) These’ll be released from time to time (as she gets around to them – she’s got other projects on the go) and in no particular order. First cab off the rank is…

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Ginger Bottari, Ratsutra #9, saw pierced brushed titanium brooch

Ginger Bottari, Ratsutra #9, pencil and ink drawing

Ginger Bottari, Ratsutra #9, pencil and ink drawing

Ginger

So cute, we’re loving ’em.