And Make Dolls.
I can still remember how excited I would become when Grand Ma Ma would say to me "OK Darlin-let's fire up the kiln." As a child I felt as if we were creating life. While Grand Ma Ma was delicately deciding exactly which molds she wanted to use I would begin stirring the porcelain slip. Once Grand Ma Ma had chosen her molds she would clean the insides out with a bristled brush to remove any sign of dirt or dust. Then my favorite part! Grand Ma Ma would say "OK Darlin-blow on em real hard now and make sure you get em nice and clean"! I loved doing this and still do. Although not so much on Dolls.
Next Grand Ma Ma using a strainer lined with one of her old nylon stocking's would strain the porcelain. After letting this sit for 10 minutes or so she would fill her molds. "much to heavy of a job for you darlin" Grand Ma Ma would always say. Sooo many more steps we would have to take until the molds were ready to fire up in the kiln. Thinking back on making dolls with Grand Ma Ma I really did very little but at the time it seemed like she was letting me do so much. She made me feel so special while watching her bring porcelain to life.
I loved to watch her paint the dolls. Every stroke was brushed with love. My eyes were filled with gaiety as Grand Ma Ma would use her pallet of paint to bring her dolls to life! That was Grand Ma Ma's Magic. Bringing Dolls to life. And Cooking. Grand Ma Ma loved to cook.