Olympdick. There I said it. I can't claim credit for this, a friend of mine, who wishes to remain anonymous came up with this one. And it is so perfect. See these posts? They came in the mail today. I know not why. I do know that I don't have enough shelves for all of the freaking posts that have been sent to me because THEY CRACKED AND DID NOT GET REPLACED BY the big "O". And see below? That is a thermocouple I ordered because the one from Axner that is less than a year old has gone out (how long do those things last anyway) and I refuse to ever order anything from Axner again so I ordered this one from Bailey who I got my wheel from and have always had great service from. But I don't think I got the right thing, it is very long...... and the place the big O put the hole for the thermocouple in their kiln is stupid and this will be protruding all the way across one of my shelves, one of the two that aren't cracked. Oh well, I may just drill a hole in a place that I think is more appropriate and see how it goes.
Other news, I made another vase. If you have paid any attention to this blog at all you will know that I can't for the life of me make two of the same thing on the wheel. I can't throw two one pound mugs that are the same, but somehow I managed to make 2 twelve pound coil built vases that are nearly identical, made several days apart. How did I do this? I don't know!
Last little thing I have for you and then I am going to watch American Idol (I know, shut up, I like it ok?) Here are some new tools. The one on top, I found out by accident while reaching for the nearest thing to me, is perfect for sealing those corners in slab built forms like boxes. I have to put tiny coils in the corners of my boxes because they will fall apart in the Raku fire if I don't. This tool is a bone folder that it used in bookmaking and paper crafts. I love the way it feels and it also smoothes out the edges on my boxes better than any tool I have. Middle tool, I used a paddle like this at Starworks on Monday, and since Wayne wouldn't sell it to me, I came home and made my own. I had a crappy very wide paddle that I never use, so I cut an inch off of each side of it and used a wood carving set that I have to carve the grooves. I like it, not as nice as Wayne's but it will git er done. Last, they were giving these out at the Olympics apparently, Gerry came home with so much swag, it's ridiculous, but I snatched this immediately. It makes a great rib and I also used it as an anvil when paddling my coil vase today. Works great. Not sure what is is really for but it is a beautiful smooth piece of wood. Just some promo thing, guess they will never know what a great pottery tool it is :) Nice to have Gerry home, he seems to be in decompression mode, just trying to readjust to being home. He goes straight in to ACC this weekend. Class tomorrow, we are making stamps!