Saturday, April 18, 2009
Finished and ready to fire test tiles
Here's a picture of test tiles on my slab roller. The finished tiles on the left are some cone 10 chun tests which I dug out of my buckets of test tiles. Now I have to check the recipes and see which ones will be suitable for testing in soda. The ones on the right of those are cone 6 soda tests waiting to get fired and the rest on the table are blank tiles. I had a lot of those (more than on this table). I'm hoping to get all my pots thrown before the end of next week, then a few days to get them slipped and decorated before bisquing. While they're drying and firing I'll get started on batching some glaze tests for the next cone 10 soda firing.
This morning I'm moving a bit slowly after dinner with friends at the Mexican restaurant in Spruce Pine which is now serving margaritas and beer after voters passed a liquor bill. To celebrate I had 2 margaritas, which is probably why I'm a bit graggy this morning! LOL
After the restaurant the guys wanted to check out the wine department at Ingles and Jim celebrated the opening by buying 6 bottles. Now he won't have to drive all the way to Banner Elk to buy some wine. Ingles had a very good selection of low and medium priced wines, and fair prices, plus another 10% discount if you buy 6 bottles.
It's so nice to be able to buy wine locally or have wine with dinner in a restaurant. Now that the bill passed we may actually get a couple of better quality chain and other restaurants. Interestingly, some of the people who opposed the bill are having a hissy fit and boycotting Ingles, one of the one two large grocery stores in town, as well as the Mexican restaurant for selling alcohol. Wonder where they'll shop when Walmart opens their wine and beer department. I suspect this boycott will be a temporary thing.
Tonight is another attempt at pizza making. When we got home from dinner last night I made another single batch of pizza dough, adjusting the batch a bit and hopefully it will work better than the first batch. This time I'll watch it carefully and if this doesn't work I'm going to try another recipe!
Well, draggy or not, I have to get to the studio and finish some pots for a few hours. It's going to be 76 degrees this afternoon and I want to get out after lunch and plant potatoes, lettuce starts and whatever else time and energy permit.