red kuri squash has a sweet chestnut like flavor. Yokohama squash apparently has a wonderful complex flavor and the shape is a delight to gaze upon. I might even be inspired to make a squash like this in clay.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
stevia which is 300 times sweeter than sugar. One little squirt of liquid stevia in my glass of cold tea is plenty. I had always wanted to try stevia and this morning I did. By using stevia I can have sweet tea without all the sugar or corn syrup. I have another glaze load cooling down today. It's all clear glazed so hope all goes well with it. I am just about caught up now. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Bluebird Flower Pot
The glaze on these first two pots didn't fire like I wanted them to. I used my slow cool and same firing schedule but I guess not all kilns or firings are alike. Perhaps the kiln needs to be broke in?
This is the way the glaze should have turned out. More shiny with green and gold. The top two pots were on the top shelf, maybe I'll see how that glaze does on a different shelf.
Here are the cones from the glaze firing, cones 5 and 6. I'll have to go back and check my blog posts from my previous kiln and see if the cones were the same. Could have fired a little hotter perhaps.
The bear and owl bowls came out great but the rest had debris in the clear glaze. I think the lid of the kiln had residue that dropped into the glaze.
Here's the grit in the glaze, can you see it? It looks like sand. I didn't use any sand in my firing either. Woe is me, that's three bowls and one platter for the smashing pile. Ugh. I can only fit two bowls or one platter on a half shelf. I didn't have any small items made to fill in the odd spaces. I'll have to correct that.
I may need to get two more shelves to make my firings more efficient. What is the tallest post you have used with kiln shelves? I have another glaze firing cooling down, we shall see how those turn out. Up next details about my recent bisque firings. Thanks for reading and for all your comments and suggestions.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sea Basket 001
12 x 8 x 6 inches
The handles for these sea baskets were collected by me on the West coast, mostly Baja Mexico, California, and Oregon, over many many years. After hauling them from state to state, I'm finally putting them to some use. I particularly like the driftwood handle of this one. The pot has a definite lean to it like it was tossed around in the waves before it came ashore. Follow the link for driftwood there's lots of folklore and interesting tidbits about wood from the oceans and seas.
Sea Basket 002
7 x 11 x 6 inches
Measurements include the handles for both of these. Can't wait to make more sea baskets. I feel a sea creature or monster lurking in the back of my mind hoping to become visible. We all know about the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. We shall see if a monster shows himself.
This last one is a second because one upright warped inward, but I wanted to practice putting on the copper wire. Wiring the handles to the baskets isn't as easy as it looks. For this one the gauge is too thin. I'll try again with a larger gauge. Copper wire isn't inexpensive either. I had wired the top two with copper but I picked up the color coated steel wire and I think that wire looks better on the top two.
If you can't live at the beach it's nice to have a reminder of the ocean or sea, I think.
A little something to dream about. I hope my sea baskets can bring that feeling to those who come to have them. Stay tuned for more finished work coming up as soon as I take the photos. Thanks for reading and for all your comments and encouragement.