Saturday, April 11, 2015

You did see my post about Spring break?

 If you did you know that rather than going to the beach, mountains or jetting away to Spain, I was here working on glazing for the gas kiln.

We loaded on Easter Sunday.
Because, when you work for your self, that is what you do. We had just seen our kids and family making the pain of working a little easier.

No ham, no deviled eggs, no pie.
Just work.
Mark fired while I went to work on Monday.
The drive over this time of year is really a treat with all the trees blooming. Every turn brings something new.

The last few weeks there has been a turkey  hanging out in one of the wooded areas I pass. last Monday I thought he must have become food for a fox since I did not see him anywhere. Then Tuesday and Wednesday there he was.
 We were pleased with the firing.
Mostly good.

A few okays.

A few hammer worthy.

I was very happy with this wall pillow that I made. I spent way too much time carving on it and then when it came time for glaze I went for a solid color.
 I really like it.
I know, I am in trouble when I really like something fresh out of the kiln. That can mean all kinds of excuses why
 I need to hold onto that piece.

Of course, the other issue is how to price. There are things that we make that you just have to blow it to the wind. You can never recover the amount of time you put in the piece.

 At some point you need to let it go.

I also have a weak spot for this tile that came out of the gas kiln. I usually make and fire them in the electric kiln. This time I had an order for some that needed to go in the gas kiln. I made this one to use up some of the clay and it came out very well.
I am happy with it as well.
There again is the issue of letting it go.

I know I like it and maybe someone else will like it as well.

Work is calling.
There are many things left to do before Monday calls me back to work.


Barbara Rogers said...

Great looking kiln load...and I think both the pillow and the tile are gorgeous. A smile at the issue of worth on market vs. value as beauty and your efforts.

Dennis Allen said...

Nice nice nice. Love your iron red

Suburban Correspondent said...

Do you have anything in your Etsy shop currently? I couldn't find anything.

cookingwithgas said...

I'm working on tiles now. I'm so far behind, I'm ahead for next year...
The reds were very nice this load.

Linda Starr said...

Great blues on both of the tiles I see why you like them. the iron red containers are those utensil holders ?

Laurie said...

I really love that tile too. Yesterday, I saw 3 wild turkeys in the field behind us. Used to hear them years ago, but it's been a while, so I was glad to see them.

cookingwithgas said...

Hi Linda, those are beer mugs.
Or big coffee mugs.

Michèle Hastings said...

The wall pillow is a beauty. I can see why you would want to hang on to it for at least a little while.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

all of it is just so beautiful your flowers are especially wonderful!

DirtKicker Pottery said...

Beautiful work. I love the flower and dragonfly tile.

"There are things that we make that you just have to blow it to the wind. You can never recover the amount of time you put in the piece."

I know how that feels.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

I love the kiln shots and especially love that dragonfly tile and the puffy wall pillow. Gorgeous work as always. Enjoy your spring!