A new friend who is a specialist in Eastern Ceramics and V.P. at Sotheby's sent me a copy of this amazing Nigel Wood book on Chinese Glazes. At a party a couple of months ago we got into a conversation about Ru ware and the fact that no one has ever been able to duplicate it. When I got home I did some research in some of my old books and on line and since they know the body makeup and glaze makeup the only thing left to the mystery, was the firing temperature, kiln and wood used. I made some notes on this and now have to figure out where I put them.
After doing that bit of research, it made me wish I were twenty years younger and still had my wood kiln. This puzzle will have to be solved by someone younger, but it was nice to dream.
Now I'll slink back into healing mode and watch some of the Australian Open tennis that I taped overnight. There's plenty of leftover chicken soup for tonight - good food medicine. It's taking me longer to get over this bug but so far, I'm doing it without antibiotics and that's a good thing.