Sunday, August 04, 2013

There's always another problem to solve

Yesterday was another smorgasbord kind of day - some studio time, garden chores and  lots of kitchen duty . Besides the normal day's meal prep I also made a pot of mushroom bisque for the freezer. That will be a couple of meals for Jim while I'm recuperating from surgery.  It's only 9 days till the surgery and I need to get a few more quick dinners for him made and in the freezer.

I managed to get some of the things on my studio "to do" list done yesterday, like throwing and rolling out some tests tiles; but decided to skip batching the slip and glaze tests and instead waxed and decorated a few pots. I'm continuing with the decorating today and my aim is to get some or all of these pots bigger kiln for firing in the next few days, which I know isn't practical since I don't have a full load; but I just want to wrap these up as much as possible before my surgery. Some will be bisqued and other glazed, which is one of the perks of working in earthenware since I'm bisquing and glaze firings at cone 04.

A few of the pots I'm working on now are probably going to be trashed or added to my kitchen stash of useable but not salable. I'm finding some have crazed slip after bisquing and I know the slip was well sieved and not too thick. So why is that happening on some and not on others - another problem to solve.  I suspect that although the batch wasn't on thick side, I may have dipped them too long. Next thing to do is thin the slip even more and test it on a couple of small cups. It's always something.


  1. Surgery is not my ideal of fun, I hope it is something minor and your able to get back at it fairly quickly. Maria and my prayers are with you.

  2. Thanks Ron and Maria. Surgery is not my idea of fun either; but sometimes it's necessary. I have a para esophageal hernia which is dangerous, so it has to be dealt with. I'll be on a special liquid and soft food diet for 4-6 weeks. That's the worst part. :-(
    Oh well, it will give me plenty of time to catch up with filing the huge pile of recipes I've had hanging around forever, and computer cleanup.