Wednesday, February 11, 2009
As I say, we live in a VERY old house, which was originally a log cabin, later expanded here and there into a two story house painted purple with wasabi accents.
As you see below, the house was made of LOGS and river stones. From the river 120 feet away.
I hate mixing glazes, because there are messy powders all over blahblah blah. What you do is order 50 lb bags of dry powders, like silica or talc, and put them somewhere, and then later, according to your recipes, measure them into buckets of water, sieve them, then later slap the mixture onto pots.
So, I have a BEAUTIFUL studio, and down under it? A (could be worse) dank and dark basement with a door to outside. The heater and water pump are done there, plus a lot of spider webs and (I hope not!) snakes, to judge by the occaisional snake skin. It is dry and not as dirty as 150 years could be. This is where I keep my clay, because the temps are good all year, and also my glaze mixing operation. ALL those nasty bags of powders.
Anyway, mixed some glazes today, because it was warm out, the snow melting, and I use the outside hose to wash my equipment. I have some experiments going, so wish me luck, results probably fired by Sunday.
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 6:11 PM