According to this page, that may or may not be reputable, the world record for the largest potato is 8 pounds, but an unconfirmed contender may have topped it with a 25 pound behemoth that looks like Slimer,
Now, pots and such. Actually we are going to start off this week with a bit of putting by.Survival Podcast, or you can check out the recipe here.
In studios news, I got a load of stuff glazed and fired. Here are some before and after pictures of the top shelf. I am really digging the tall oval vase forms. They are fun to make and create a very nice "canvas" for decoration. Now I just hope they sell so I can make more.
And the culmination of the red clay (again with these references to stuff I put on Facebook!)...
|Alas! I shall be resting no spoons!|
But wait...there's more...
|One of these things is not like the other one... some on, sing!|
Not all of the red ware broke though; and I really dig how the survivors turned out...more folky than my usual stuff. I definitely want to give this stuff another shot, but without all the ruination. If anyone out there has any experience with this sort of work and knows what I may have done wrong, or even if you just have any tips in this area, please give me a shout.
As for the stuff that did make it...
|The aforementioned small lidded jars and a couple of spoon rests immediately post dipping.|
|Jars and teapot after being decorated.|
|Large (16-17 inch) platter with a crane.|
The larger pieces (platter and teapot) were sprayed with slip as they would not fit in the bucket, and that seemed to help the breakage problem, but the handle of the teapot still cracked at the bottom. Knackers.
These are all in a bisque firing right now. I am quite anxious to get them glazed and see what they will look like all finished up.
Actually I would really like to go to it on these things with an underglaze pencil since the experiments and the stuff in the last kiln load came out so well. Unfortunately my underglaze pencil is almost used up. And even if it wasn't, my electric pencils sharpener (which is apparently the only way this pencil likes to be sharpened) is jammed, so I cannot even sharpen what is left of it sufficiently. Oh well, next time.
Speaking of platters, (We weren't really speaking of platters. That was just a nice way to switch to a different subject. It's called a transition; I learned about those in English class. And even though that was a pretty poor transition, we are going to roll with it.) the platters I have been working on are all scratched up (decorated, that is) and in the kiln. No pictures yet, other than this one.
And last but not least...Saint Vitus!
Old school doom metal band ala Black Sabbath.
Up next...Timmy Tabasco!
Post Script: I have a show coming up this weekend in Belleville, IL. Midwest salute to the Arts. It kind of sneaked up on me, so I have been rushing to get some stuff done this week. If you happen to be in the area feel free to stop by and say hi!