Friday, May 10, 2013

Summer has arrived

Yesterday I fired the tiny test kiln and unloaded these latest velvet under glazes and  some other bisque test tiles. Some of these colors are so luscious!

Yesterday was a mixture of studio and garden time. All my bush and pole beans had sprouted on damp paper towels in plastic baggies on top of the fridge for a couple of days, so I had to get them planted. My tall bean tower looks so awkward sitting inside a two foot high raised bed. Once those beans start climbing it's going to look like a modern version of Jack and the beanstalk.

Now that morning chores and hand watering are done, it's time to head to the studio. The fellow who I've been waiting for the past couple of week to replace some bricks in the larger Skutt kiln, has been a no show and I need to clear the slab roller (my only work table), of these pots that need bisquing. So I'm loading them today and then I'm going to do the job I couldn't get to the other day - lay all the tests I've done the past couple of months in numerical order and separate those that I want to use, along with a few I want to do further testing on and get the rest of them stored away from my work area.

It's going to be 90 degrees here today, and after work, I may just jump in the pool. I think it's time to test it. After all, it's been a year since we moved here and I have yet to set a foot in that pool!


  1. I love the yellows on that first tile, so yummy!
    My mom has lived in her new home for five years and has never been in her pool either. I give it good use when I go visit though! Get in there girl, times a wasting!

  2. Tracey, if you mean the yellow on the right tile (2nd from the rt). It Amaco Velvet 350 Orange; but as you can see, the color is a great, warm yellow.

    I'm sure I'll get in the pool one of these days, but I'm so busy in the mornings with the garden, email, etc. then by afternoon it's lunch and maybe studio time if I'm lucky and then early dinner and after dinner I'm too pooped to jump in the pool. Maybe when I finish all this planting there will be time to swim.

    This morning I had to feed my front planters and some perennials and shrubs and then had to baby sit our little Jack Russell Bodhi who had another seizure (he has one a little after midnight as well), and he always wants his mom when those hit him. Now it's time for a green smoothie. So I have to go out and cut some kale.