Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Me, do you want cake or cookies for your birthday?

Him, " I don't need a cake."

I think I can figure that one out.
There are a batch of cowboy cookies resting in the refrigerator for me to bake later.

On another note, we played tag with the weather while we figured out the best day to fire the kiln. I think we found it would be today even though it is his birthday. He was up, not at the crack of dawn, but somewhere around 1 am to start the kiln. I did not notice until I woke up cold and alone at 5 am.

The plan was to load part  of the kiln yesterday and then finish off today making it 2 easy days. Then as I was listening to the radio they talked about today being a good day weather wise with winds moving back in on Thursday. Time to crank it up and change the plan. We just kept up the pace and had the kiln loaded with the door bricked by 4:30.

 Here is the back stack waiting for the "crown pots" to be placed. This one was a 17 inch crown.

Today it is his birthday and although a person should get the day off on their birthday he has a witch of a boss and working it is.

To help him through the firing there will be cookies. What else could a person want???






A little bit of a close up shot of mugs and things.















Middle stack in and ready time for a break.





















A closer look.
Wee teapots, fingers crossed that they come up and the top ash glaze does not run too much.




















Me, " Oh! I forgot to take a picture of the front stack!"

Him, " Too late!"

Fire today, cool down Thursday, Friday, open on Saturday.

Come on over and  we will let you help.




Happy Birthday Cowboy!
XXOO,
M

15 comments:

Judy Shreve said...

Happy birthday Mark! Hope that kiln opening is full of sweet presents!
ps - don't eat too many cookies!

cookingwithgas said...

Judy, to Mark there is no such thing as too many cookies!

smartcat said...

Many Happy Returns of the Day, Mark! You have many useful pots to put things in. (Think Eeyore putting the busted balloon in the empty honey pot.) Keep on dancing round the kiln!

Cookies? Cake? Both? With ice cream!

You kilns always look so beautiful that they look like displays! I love the little teapots.

angela walford said...

Happy birdies mark :)) and you are a gem M keep those cookies coming....happy firing you two

Michèle Hastings said...

happy birthday to Mark and a good firing for both of you!

Shortstuff said...

Happy Birthday Mark. Will there be brews to go with those cookies?

smalltownme said...

Mmmmmm, cookies. Happy Birthday to Mark!

Shannon said...

happy birthday and thanks for the beautiful pix and a feeling of easter eggs and wonder in that blogpost. :)

Tracey Broome said...

haha, he is a cowboy, isn't he?!
Happy Birthday Mark, I know those cookies well.....
(at least you are a good witch xo)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

soooooooo exciting!

Lori Buff said...

Happy Birthday Mark, may it be a great day even if you are working.

Amy said...

hope it's a wonderful firing! cookies- yum.

Ron Deaver said...

Thanks for blogging.

MH said...

Thanks all.
Just for future reference.... curry+cookies+fried oysters n' beer on a twenty~some hour day = major indigestion.... But it was a good day. Thanks Mere.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Birthday cookies are a great idea. That kiln load looks terrific. Can't wait to see that big bowl in the middle!