We laid some mulch down in the yard and this fool had a blast out in the warm sun today rolling around in it. Loving this warm weekend! I fired a ^6 today, so stay tuned for more profanity and irritation :) just kidding, I'm not expecting much, this is just a small test of some glaze color combinations, I'm sure there will be pinholes, so I'm ready for it.
I'm sure many of you have this book, but it has become my bible. If you don't have it and you are mixing your own glazes and firing your own kiln, go get it! I read back over my firing log, and I guess I was trying to get some dinner going between 5pm and 6pm the day I fired my last bisque because I didn't check the kiln at the very crucial 1100 degree mark and the kiln went on to 1450 without me and without a soak. I also shut it down at 1700 because I had some terra sig burnished pots and I have read to not fire them so hot. Well, I should have thought about firing the things that were not burnished in a different load, and I should stop being so impatient to shut the thing down, because I'm sure that is where the problem lies. According to Mr. Hopper, I didn't fire the bisque hot enough, and to prove it, I broke open a couple of the pin hole pieces and sure enough there was a distinct dark layer of carbon present. I broke open a piece from a successful firing and it was solid white inside. That firing had a soak at 1100 degrees and fired around 1800 so I know what went wrong and how to correct it, I think!
I worked outside doing some hand building today, just could not stay inside on such an amazing day. Awhile back my friend Barbara McKenzie talked me in to going to Asheboro to see a woman that was selling a bunch of ceramic molds. Barbara has this idea to gather some molds from the 60's and Raku fire some funky ashtrays and vases and things. Well, this lady had a bunch of molds that were more like Santas, rabbits, turkeys, and stuff that you would see at a yard sale. Not a lot for us to choose from, but I did pick this mold up and forgot about it until I cleaned up last week. I made some little dishes with it today and then put white terra sig on them. I think I like them. Not sure I like the stamp though, I may just leave them plain. They are quick and easy and perfect for those that don't want to spend a lot of $$ at a festival.
my cat was not amused by any of the goings on around here today and basically slept through the whole thing. I like to call her my decorative accessory, she looks great laying around here!
I am watching UNC TV while typing this and they are doing a story on Ben Owen down in Seagrove. Bless his heart, he is being so nice to this lady that is interviewing him, and she is getting on my last nerve! She shows up at a pottery in black slacks and a cute little pink jacket to see a wood kiln firing and a potter throwing on the wheel. The anchor in the studio is even worse. She actually suggested that you could hang one of his pots that had small decorative loops on the sides. Wouldn't you just love to walk in to someone's house and see a vase that cost hundreds of dollars swinging on a chain from the ceiling! Most of my friends are artists so I forget how little the majority of people out there really know about how art is created. Sad.......
Oh well, have a great rest of the weekend, Wesley's school mates shared some vile cold thing with her so I am taking care of her this weekend. She has had a rough year with the Mono and colds. Hopefully now that it's warm, she will get back on track.