Well we got to the CVS pharmacy and picked up that second dose of the vaccine. The aftermath wasn’t as bad as I was planning for. A bit achy on Wednesday but really not too bad. Okay…honestly, when I woke up my body thought it had been through an auto accident…that lasted until about noon. The sleepy-head syndrome lasted all day. It was hard to put a complete sentence together all day. The upside is so much greater than the downside of not being vaccinated. In a couple of weeks I will be able to go to the hardware store...with a mask of course.
I’ve been focused on running pots through their glaze firing cycle for the last few days. The kiln is too small for the job. Not that I’m making more pots lately, but there is more variety, to the point that the pots do not pack efficiently. That means there is a lot of wasted space…fewer pots per cubic foot. More firings to get the same number of pots. PG&E took the pressure off of firing on Wednesday by turning off the power. We can run the kilns on the generator, but why. The switching on and off of the power leaves an opening for a leprechaun to play games…and after all, it was St. Patrick’s Day.
The good news is that with the pots getting through the glaze cycle, there is room in the mudroom to make new pieces. One of the new pieces is a second large domed form to make pieces against. I made one and will bisque fire that one over the weekend, but I really need a second one. The form is the basis of three different projects so having more than one form to build on is important.
The little jar project came out much better than I could have imagined, especially for the first pieces. I usually only expect fair/good on the first samples. To run into very good/excellent samples right out of the gate is a great omen…it’s a sign of some sort. Best part? Brenda likes them.
The ramen bowls turned out well also. I still need to tweak them a bit, but a fine start on that project. Because it’s a piece that will be held while eating, the size and the shape is extremely important. I enjoy trying to marry form and function.
All good news this week. If there was bad, I didn’t see it. It’s St. Patrick’s week . Lucky me.
Lickinflames is known for making special yarn bowls, shawl pins and closures along with a line of mugs, plates and wall decor. Lickinflames is proud of it's 45 year history of making pottery using raku, obvara and feather decorations. The beautiful patterns created by saggar firing, especially tin foil saggar simply fascinating. All the work is handmade using stoneware clay.