Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chicken soup and test tiles

I'm bleary eyed, and waiting for these back spasms to ease after getting over 7 dozen test tiles lined up in numerical order on my slab roller and making followup notes; but the job is done! In the morning I'll photo copy these 4 pages of notes for John, my testing partner in this venture and drop them off at his studio.

Next step will be for me to re-fire some of these tiles, and make new tiles for another firing; but that will have to wait after this weekends company leaves, and the weather is mild and dry enough for two consecutive days, to wheel my little gas test kiln outdoors to fire. The weather forecast for next week is pretty gruesome (cold, wet, snowy), so it looks like I'll be focusing on getting the cone 10 pots finished before I can re-fire these cone 6 tests.

Meantime, there's the house to tidy, and food shopping and cooking to do before house guests arrive early Sunday, as well as a studio to tidy if I can squeeze in some time after I get back from shopping and other chores tomorrow. I'd like to start the New Year with the studio a bit more organized; but it looks like I may not have the time to complete that goal, with all the other things I have to do between now and the New Year.

Tonight was a good night for chicken soup and fortunately I have leftovers for tomorrow. If we get home early enough and I'm not too wiped, I may just get an hour before dinner to do some of the studio tidying. That would be nice!


  1. Anxious to see the tiles. Have a happy and healthy New Year.

  2. Thanks for the update on cone 6 soda testing. At the moment, I'm undecided on Cone 6 or 10 when I build my propane soda kiln in the Spring.


  3. My reason for exploring cone 6 soda is three fold - shorter firing saving time, less cost , brighter color palette possibilities.

  4. Kevin Carter12/30/11, 2:59 PM

    Continued success to you with your soda experiments, and with everything else you're doing.
    I know that you have some issues with your back and such, and that many days are a trial, but you always manage to keep pushing and working, and posting to your blog. Not to be insulting, but you put people half your age to shame! You and Tracey are inspirational, and I hope you have a healthy and happy new year.

  5. Thank you Kevin. Hope you New Year is happy, healthy and prosperous!