|Rhonda the Cake Angel!|
|A cake fit for a 101 year old, made by Rhonda and Mark.|
Friends Rhonda and Mark (who have appeared in other places on this blog) took the initiative and organised a celebration to mark this sudden welcome advance in my ageing process, and we were treated to an evening of karaoke music, a ukulele accompanied singsong (karaoke unplugged!), and frivolity. I even managed to grow my hair for the occasion, a task that consumed a whole ball of string and an hour or so of my time..., and became Hairy Potter for the evening!
It is chilly here at the early hour this morning that I am writing this and I have discovered that the shoulder length string wig does add considerable warmth!
Anyway, I start this new year thankful for wife, friends and family (my mum and dad are doing really well considering they are parents of a 101 year old, but I'm not sure if my sister will appreciate being 103 by association!!! :)
A lot has happened since I last posted about pots. I have successfully completed a tile commission and the glug glug jug commission, I have also glaze fired several bird jugs and bowls, and have put some more crystalline glazed pots through their glaze firing and their reduction firing. The reduction firing finished at 11.40 last night, so those pots are currently in the kiln cooling.
In a moment I'll post some photos on here, but I first want to say that I'm thinking of the people in the USA that I have "met" through the blog. What with the Eastern side of your country being shaken up a few days ago, and now a hurricane, it has certainly been quite a time, and I hope you are OK.
|The thrown fish jug wouldn't glug... not enough room for air in the tail, but Sammy the Silent Sardine made a very useful glaze tester.|
|The larger coil built fish jug glugs beautifully when water is poured from it, and the people that commissioned it are pleased with it. Really fun to do this, and I hope to make more variations on this theme.|
|I'm pleased with this one, and like the way the copper glaze worked so well with the slip beneath it. There are also areas of chun blue glaze that I used to give a bit more sparkle and variety.|
|Chun glaze over dark iron glaze, and it is really nice when that glaze combination works and gives blue! You can see our shed and Post office reflected in this... me too!|
|An iron red glaze that I have been experimenting with. This gave a pale greenish line where thin over raised decoration, which contrasted well with the red where the glaze was thick.|
|Always nice to have a hand made bowl for breakfast or for soup, and it is satisfying to make something that a person will use.|