Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Just a few tiles

 Here are a few of the tiles that came out of the last kiln.
Here is one of the houses that I did. I have another that I like even better but it will have to wait until I can get a better picture.
Note- these are all quick shots, no professional photographer on site.

I like the fact that when I do these no two are exactly alike as you can see with the sheep below. They both seem to be having a bit of a different thought as they are looking at you. They both are guilty of sneaking out of the fence as the farmer sleeps....

 The same with these two- just a bit of difference. One of these has gone to a new home...

This rabbit has a lot of different adventures. I just started adding him into the night sky as well.
There is something about making the night behind the animals and the house. It makes me think about the things that happen while we are sleeping.

Still playing, I like this house, maybe add some more in the sky area.....
Time to hit the studio.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tiles and such

 Back it up!
We are working on a glaze that we used a million years ago, well, maybe more.
The black glaze was developed by our son when he was looking for a good science project. What better than to have your parents toss you some glaze materials, a recipe and then show you about doing a line blend.
He measured and tested glazes, did his own firings and this was the result.
He won a trip to DC, we won a glaze.
We set this glaze aside as we were working more in the big gas kiln and I was having a hard time keeping up production on both kilns and our many other glazes. We were also raising kids, running and doing as you do with a family, here, there and everywhere; baseball, girl scouts, boy scouts, band, colorguard, theater,wrestling, life, just life.
Recently we decided to bring back this glaze and add it to the tile firings. A few months of testing, a few firings and we are happy with the results. We did make a slight adjustment to the firing and hold temperature, it all looks good.

I think I will glaze more mugs and make another firing very soon.

 Tiles. I am playing with house tiles.
They are fun, a bit slow, require thought, but I love a red door.
Whoops, I must have knock over that test tile.
Look Ma! No Hands!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


I be jammin in the kitchen.
I don't can as much as I use to, but I still make jam and jelly.
Last year we ran out and it was a disaster in the making.
I tried buying a few jars just to see how they tasted and was sorely disappointed. If you know of a good, no, a great jam company, I might be willing to try them.
The peach I make has only sugar, lemon juice and crushed peaches.
 I have made this recipe for many years and it has only failed me once.
 The year it failed it candied in the jar. There was no way to get it out of the jar, it was sticky, sticky, and stuck. I thought and thought about what happened and then had an idea. I poured rum in one jar, tequila in another jar, and peach schnapps in another, then every so often I would stick a knife in, and allow the alcohol to start working on breaking down the sugars. After a few months  I could shake the jars, then months later I had the best alcohol infused peach syrup that we poured over ice cream.
It was freaking fabulous.

 On my way to the studio yesterday I was surprised to find some late blooming magnolias. The deepness of the petals has always made me think of the clean, sun dried, white sheets of my youth. I always want to open my arms and fall in.

I am on my way out to finish glazing and load a kiln. Yep, on my way, right now, here I go.