Friday, December 2, 2011
Heritage & Florida Folk Life Days
Sometimes the look of freshly glazed pottery appeals to me; I wonder if there's a glaze which has this soft chalky look? Hope I haven't gone off the deep end. I fired glazed pieces along with once fires. This all came about because I had four small slab bowls with one inch S cracks and one leaf platter with an S crack in the bottom centers. I wanted to fill up the kiln to maximize the firing with as full a load as possible. I thought only thrown pieces got S cracks. The centers of the ones with cracks were fairly thin due to the leaf impressions so that may have had something to do with the small cracks in the middle of the bottom.
The kiln would have had an empty shelf so I decided to fill it up with some once fire pieces, two wall hangings and a personal shrine. We shall see. I combined my once fire program and my slow cool glaze fire program and fired away. I decided to glaze and fire a leaf platter with a partial crack anyway to see how the glaze turned out. Hope it doesn't run over the shelf.
This squirrel is outside the kitchen window teasing my cat Betty. The photos was taken through the window so it's not very clear. With the colder weather the squirrels are very active looking for places to keep warm. One of our neighbors had his car wiring eaten by a family of squirrels. Squirrels chew on things to sharpen, clean, and trim their fast growing teeth. Gary has some spray called critter ridder he uses, I think it's a type of pepper spray. He sprays it on the wheels and engine compartment to repel the squirrels since we can little afford an expensive fix much less the lost use of the car.
The kiln is cooling down now and I'm off to the gallery to bring more pieces for the Heritage and Florida Folk Life Days in Floral City this weekend. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.