I finally got a close up of the largest gopher tortoise. Here he is in our front yard. You can see as they get older they get longer instead of the more square shape. He is very shy and ducks back into his shell if he sees me. I quietly snuck up behind him to get this shot.
We decided to try some fish in the smoker. I thought smoked salmon was my favorite, smoked cobia has moved to the top of the list. I used one lemon, one lime, brown sugar, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to marinate the fish over night. Meanwhile I soaked hickory chips in white wine and smoked these two thick fillets for about 25 minutes, absolutely delicious.
Here are the three colors from the test tiles that are my favorite. The two tiles on the left are with the speckled clay, the first is a pale aqua and the second is pale green breaking to brown. The third is with white clay and is pale green breaking to light brown. I plan on the plate being a rounded square shape. Here are some sketches of patterns of carvings or stamps on the the plates I am designing.
Still haven't narrowed down which of the carvings or stampings I like. I want enough carving to show the breaking of the glaze, but no so much the plate is busy looking. Finally got my computer fixed so I'll get to comments today. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.