Friday, August 28, 2015

The Burning Times

A documentary about the old and new witches and the persecution of millions of women healers. A lot of evil is done in the name of religion. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Give me a Sign

The other day I picked up some lettering blocks. Look what I made today - a sign for my pottery. I plan to use a clear glaze over the top of this speckled clay, can't wait to see how it turns out. I want to use this at a local store which will carry my pottery. More about that later.

Meanwhile I've been trying out my new push plate forms which Gary made for me. This size would be perfect for a luncheon plate or could also be used for a serving plate.

Here's the form I used today. These are working out really well. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Crookneck Casserole

Gary said he doesn't like yellow squash but he's been raving about this crookneck casserole for two days. I adapted a recipe from Paula Dean who adapted a recipe from Uncle Bubba. Slice six medium crookneck squash very thin. (Six squash sounds like a lot but when you saute them they shrink quite a bit). (Most soft skinned summer squash could be used including zucchini but I think the mild flavored crookneck squash is best for this recipe). Slice 1/4 red onion thin. Saute the onions till soft and set aside and do the same with the squash. Meanwhile rub olive oil in the bottom and sides of an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Sprinkle the bottom of the dish with medium grit cornmeal.

Place a layer of the squash on the bottom of the baking dish covering all the open spaces. Layer all of the onions. Put one layer of fresh tomatoes and sprinkle liberally with herbs of your choice, preferably fresh if you have some growing in your garden. I used garden sage, marjoram, Spanish tarragon, and basil which I cut up with a scissors. Put a few dollops of sour cream and shredded or thinly sliced cheese of your choice. I used thin sliced smoked Gouda. Next layer the remainder of the squash. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese and more corn meal. Then put a few pats of butter on top. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 45 minutes till top begins to brown and you can hear mixture bubbling. Even though I didn't use any egg to hold the ingredients together, the casserole when cut into sections stayed together uniformly.

I worked at the gallery yesterday and noticed I sold a few more pieces of pottery. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pounce or Push Plate Forms

Look what Gary made for me - pounce or push plate forms. He cut the wood to size, sanded the rough edges, added a x 2 x 2 handle which he screwed in the middle using 2.5 inch screws. He predrilled the holes so the wood wouldn't split. I've got a square 6 x 6 and a rectangular 6 x 9, a square 8 x 8 and a rectangular 8 x 12. A 6 x 6 is about 5.6 inches square. An 8 x 8 is just over 7 x 7. Lumber is getting smaller and smaller every day.

Basically I cut a slab of clay two inches larger than the exterior dimensions of the form. I place the clay slab on a thick piece of foam and place the wood form in the center of the clay. Grasping the handle with two hands, I pounce or push downward in a quick motion which forms the plate with the excess clay being the sides of the plate or platter. Above is a good video of the pounce or push plate technique. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.