Yesterday was a busy smorgasbord kind of day - the usual blog and email chores with my first cup of tea, baking a loaf of no knead sourdough bread after breakfast, ordering a couple of studio supplies on line, and putting more decorations on the tree. After a plowman lunch with the freshly baked bread and some cheese, I headed to the studio for remixing my black and pea green slips and testing the green slip and stopping at 4 o'clock to make French onion soup for dinner.
Some of the things I ordered yesterday were a small Talisman 120 mesh sieve from Axners, and a flexible ruler which seems like a handy tool and a lid caliper Bailey's. From U.S. Pigment (they have great prices on stains and other raw materials), I ordered a couple of pounds of black stain and pea green stain. I love those little Talisman test sieves and have them in several sizes. I was happy to find the 120 mesh in the small test size to use for test slips or just when I need a cup or two of slip for trailing.. For larger batches of slip I have a larger sieve but why bother to clean a big sieve for a small test batch.
Tonight I'm making tempura and rice for dinner. l got my veggies prepped and shrimp cleaned after breakfast and was hoping to get a full afternoon in the studio; but dealing with others things like my camera not being recognized by photoshop elements. Still haven't solved the problem but I removed the memory card after several tries and that did the trick.
I have to admit this new slip trailing skill I'm attempting to learn is scaring the heck out of me. This feels like a long learning curve ahead. I'll wisely practice a bit more on a clean bat before I start on the pots; and I'm not looking to do anything precise - just some gestural trailing. A painter I'm not! I have the baby step of making dots down pat, and some small gestural lines, I think! But, it's time to try trailing a horizontal line on a vertical pot. I shutter to even think about what can go wrong! Maybe I should have made those test cups smaller! :-) At least the cup that I slipped in and out didn't collapse, even though it looked a bit touchy for a while!
I remember seeing one of Tony Clennell's blogs with a photo of a bunch of mugs that had melted in a puddle after being slipped in and out, so I was aware of that pitfall and hoping the pot was leather hard enough and the slip the right consistency. It was a little iffy there for a bit but I got lucky this time.