Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mugs!

 Here are the mugs that I had promised to take pictures of. The pictures don't do the glaze the justice that they really deserve, but for now, this is what you are getting.
It has been fun to revamp an older glaze, and, while doing so, develop something new.
Mark latched onto one right away when I unloaded the kiln. We took it along when we stopped in to Four Saints in Asheboro for a pint. If you remember we made mugs for their fundraiser. They also buy beer mugs  now and again to replace ones that meet with a hard floor or some other unfortunate event.
They also let us know we could bring our own mugs in to drink out of and store them there. We took them up on the offer and "carried" up a couple to drink from.
One night while we were there I was handed a different mug, it was still one we made, but not the one I had taken to drink from.


 Excuse me, but this is not mine. Yes it is they said. No it's not I said. It's your number, they said. Yep, it's my number but a different mug. I had brought in a black and blue mug, this one was iron red with an accent of wood ash.
They looked again, funny you have two, but one is marked with your number plus A on it....
Okay...
Long story short, someone had seen that mug I brought in and wanted it, they wanted it really bad, bad enough to get the owners to exchange with me.
Did I mind?
At first I did and then I thought, if they want it bad enough they could have it.
We were there one night and I punched Mark, hard, Look! There is the mug!
The woman who wanted it was enjoying a beer out of the mug, she looked so happy I did not have the heart to knock her off her bar stool.

Now, I am very fond of the iron red mug, we bonded. I could take another mug to drink from, but we are pretty happy.

Mark on the other hand, took a mug much like the one below. It caused a new stir with some of the customers and one of the guys working behind the bar.
We ended up with an order of 6 beer mugs from one person, and one for the bar keep.
A happy ending for all.



 Some rain this past week has allowed some of the flowers I planted to bloom.
Rain is good.

This week I head back to teach on Thursdays. I am looking forward to seeing my students and putting them all back to work.
I just have to remember to go!
I hope the summer has been good to you, I know there are many things going on. Many. I will keep neutral here, saving my thoughts and actions for other places.
Hold your family tight.
best,
M

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Who's there?






I'm pretty happy with the results.
 I see a few things that I need to be careful about, but overall, this is a great place to be.
More to come.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Knock-Knock

Who's there?
I am working on these tiles and glaze testing to see what the colors will do on a white clay body.
I am firing my 4th electric kiln load since school went out for the summer.
We have had some very successful firing for the black glaze with the layered glazes on top.
I would show you, but the camera is just bouncing the light off that glassy glaze right back at me, to date I am not happy enough to post pictures of the combo. Maybe you just need to come see it.

Back to tiles-- I use a red clay body and pretty much know what the glazes will look like as long as my application of glaze is good, switching to a white clay body will make some changes in the look.
I have 2 test in this kiln the one above and a smaller one.
I have put several small test in the last time I fired, but now it is time to see what happens on a larger piece.
 Here are the small test that I tried, placed beside a white 3x6 tile that will be used with them. I thought the background went too yellow and put in a test that should be a bit white without being a harsh white.
I think the red and the green for the leaves will be fine, I am fretting over background color.
I can find myself stuck on solving a problem to the point where I need to just put it down, go wash the dishes, look at a book, weed the garden, find something else to concentrate on until my brain works out the details that I need to get back to the issue. It's like sleep walking, and, I know it works for me.



The brain is such a mystery.
There are other times that I will talk to my brain about an issue I am having and just ask that it look into a solution while I am sleeping. It has worked for me.

I am firing the test today, cool down and look at then tomorrow. It truly is the best thing about this kiln, less wait time.

Here's the shop view from the work building now that the large kiln is gone. I am enjoying the new view and the light that comes in through the door.