Thursday, November 07, 2013

New bird jar

Got feet on the bird jar yesterday. Our daughter Erins teapot is slipped with the pale yellow slip of her choice, and today I'll add green under glaze to the lid rim. I also mixed up a small cup of blue glaze for a replacement lid I made for myself for an antique Borden's jar I use as my flour jar.

This morning I unloaded the few bisqued pots from the tiny test kiln and reloaded it. I'll be firing that all day in between other studio jobs. I want to get my clear glaze re-mixed and sieved and glaze the decorated, bisqued pots. The reason I'm having to work in these small batches is because my larger Skutt kiln is pretty much the only place I have to store these pots right now until I have enough to do a combination bisque and glaze firing. At this time I'm finding that my test kiln is too small and my glaze kiln is too big. Jim says "Buy a new kiln"; but that just goes against my practical nature, so I'll have to think on that for a while.

Yesterday was a mish mash day of studio work and cooking and hanging around for what seemed like forever for the repairmen to fix the Venta Hood. After a very long time trying one thing after another, they decided to throw their arms in the air and say we just can't figure this out. So they put the covers back on and turned the power back on at the box, after replacing a couple of switches. And, miracle of miracles, everything was working. Seems there is no grounding wire in the unit, and the casing and other parts of the hood are the grounding and it won't work unless even the non working parts arere-installed. Talk about a major design flaw!

So tonight I'll be making pizza without fear of the fire department showing up again. For lunch yesterday I made figs stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a drizzle of honey. Jim loved  them. So tonight's pizza is going to be a mascarpone and gorgonzola cheeses with fresh fig slices and prosciutto added when the pizza is done. I'm hoping it will be as tasty as yesterday's lunch. 

Time to turn up the kiln, get breakfast and on to the studio.


  1. I am going to have to remember your stuffed fig recipe for next year. We had an abundance of figs from a neighbor and I needed some new ideas.

  2. Those stuffed figs were great and got rave reviews from Jim and he hates goat cheese!