It’s not an original idea, but it’s still fun to play…

Magic Words

Despite all of this years happy dances, I felt like this was a year spent getting used to falling just short…

Like a lot of us, I couldn’t keep the momentum going needed to balance everything out, life just seems to keep getting off center.

Dispite the effort… It’s not always enough to stay as optimistic, sometimes it’s a good time to find something else to keep busy with… My golden lining this year was the hundreds and hundreds of hours spent playing my violin. I’m not allowed to practice within earshot of the house, so I ended up obsessively practicing on local street corners and in the parks of our neighborhood. (I’ve since learned that someone enthusiastically playing, how-ever-badly, is someone that can make a good amount of people smile. It’s the counter-productive effort that people relate to and that is a very good thing.)

The other really big change lately has been creating a bit of breathing space by  pulling on my garden boots. Reluctantly it’s time to knuckle under and invest the effort needed to make the changes that need to be made this new year to keep projects moving forward.

Woof… this is going to be a whole lot of work, most of which won’t fit nicely into the “glory” category. Honestly I’m expecting another bumpy year. No problem though… this year is ending on a positive note…we’ve got a handle on hard wiring the loaner kiln!
The magic words for the new year are ” High amperage screw-down connector block

See you in the New Year!
Licks, Love, and Luck!

Bwahhh haahha ahahahahah! The new year is going to be so much fun!

Staying Neutral

Ok… let’s see…


the manual says there are 2 hots, a ground and a neutral… Huh?

Ground and neutral are ganged up on a pole. The manual says that isn’t a winning combination (won’t necessarily burn the house down, but 2 out of 4 coils won’t be lighting up.)
Sure enough, a quick call to the trusting soul that let me borrow this little beauty confirmed that an electrical engineer had put a new male plug on to match their wall socket.
Now it’s time to figure-out how to install a 4 prong outlet and plug and call in an electrician…
Hey! I cook for volunteers.

Plan #9

This looks pretty sloppy, but it’s actually perfect for this experiment.

I’ve got 12 bowls that have been slip stenciled with a stiff basic slip made out of my standard Cone 6 clay body (Laguna B-Mix). The stencils in this case are cut from a plastic contact paper sheet. Unlike the newsprint that I usually use, these won’t lay flush against the clay and the slip seeps underneath when and where it can…

What these plastic stencils do have is a bit of weight to them, so over most of the design, the thickness of the plastic gives a very distinct sharp transition between slip and the thrown clay body.


Now when the bowls are given their final coat of studio Crackle Glaze, the crazing that grows in the surface will incorporate the transitions into shear lines and reveal the design. After firing, the design should be a ghost in the crazing of the glaze… well that’s the jib…, that’s the plan anyway, but we’ll see …