Teapot 52 and 2013 Schedule

Schedule for this year is set. Two less shows this year due to planned travel to Japan in August.  Mailing has been sent, and now putting prices and packing.  I am debating to update the show canopy with better one.  It costs around $1500.  It is more stable against the winds, and has more roomy… Continue reading Teapot 52 and 2013 Schedule

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Warm compost in use

It has been almost one year since I started the warm compost. I opened the bin and to remove the compost for the first time.  I was surprise to see all bedding (paper) was gone.  There were significantly more warms than last year.  I realized I might underfed them recently.  Anyway, these composts were spread… Continue reading Warm compost in use

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Teapot 51

Let’s head for 100 teapots.  Here is one of a kind teapot #51.  

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Windowsill planter

This is a new item for this year.  My friend in the building asked me to make it, and I like it.  I have been using it for growing scallions on my kitchen windowsill. This is a perfect.  Do you remember the red worm compost?  I am still doing it.  It is very slowly growing… Continue reading Windowsill planter

Adjustment

I lost a large piece during firing last September. That was my second piece of this shape I made. The first piece came out the kiln ok, but did show a sign of sagging. Second piece was collapsed during the firing, like you throw a bowl with lots of water for long time. Problem was… Continue reading Adjustment

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Firing perfect

Kiln fired perfectly.  It acted different as expected.  Actually it worked my favor.  I needed to push in the damper more, that better for reduction.  I am not 100 % sure this is due to the kiln repair or the frigid temperature outside, or plate setters inside. Most bricks seem one piece now. One odd… Continue reading Firing perfect

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Frigid

We are in frigid weather this week.  I think today’s high was like 12°F.  Just cold outside.   But not my studio.  It hit 85°F.  I can tell you these old steam furnace works too well. Sun was very strong, and felt so good today.             I finished repairing the kiln.… Continue reading Frigid

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Kiln maintenance

The first firing of 2013 is in the book.  It was overall good firing, though I am noticing a small piece fused on the edge of the pot recently.  I vacuumed the kiln before the firing, and had lost couple pieces this way.  I checked the inside the kiln, and found the firebrick near the… Continue reading Kiln maintenance

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New year.

January 8th, already. As my mother-in-law passed last summer,  I am skipping New Year’s greetings. This is more like Japanese thing, I think. I am back to the studio since January 2nd. I have not come up new items for this year yet, maybe dinner plates.  I do not usually bring the dinner plates to… Continue reading New year.

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