Yard has been busy lately. Two switchers. It was good firing. Got good reduction all around the kiln. I am really getting close to firing the kiln properly in this studio. About the time. Here is a new platter out of the kiln. This design is influenced by Japanese Jomon pottery, 10,000 years old. I… Continue reading Jomon ware
Passing freight train. Not snowing yet. Yesterday, it was very windy and warm, gusting up 50 mph and 54F during glazing. Today, it is the great day for firing, calm and very cold, 30F. Our weather is very much influenced by the jet steam and the lake Ontario. I have never seen the weather forecast… Continue reading Last firing of 2008
Overlooking the city of Rochester. Backache seems to come with pottery. Throwing pots at the same position, moving 50lb boxes of clay and heavy shelves, etc.. This is labor intense job. I visited my chiropractor, Dr. Mack Jr. today. Realigned the hip, back and neck. Feel a lot better. I was with the physical therapy… Continue reading Back pain
Turned out Saturday was windy . I always check the red flag on the yard when firing. Wind blowing from south is not good sign. Cold air blows into the studio, and gust wind tends to mess up the reduction. Just before the body reduction, my 18 years old oxyprobe meter quit working. I do… Continue reading Firing done, barely…Good result.
Autoracks parking in the yard. Excess of the empty autoracks are needed to park somewhere, I guess. I store my glazes in 30 gallon buckets. Glaze thickness is alway very tricky. I weight 10cc of glaze to meet the target weight of each glaze, 14g to 15.5g depending of glaze (10cc of water weights 10g)… Continue reading Back to work
Turquoise color. Shallow water, coral, another shallow water, off shore water, horizon and sky. Four to five shades of turquoise blues. Is this reminding you something? Native people speak 3-4 languages, English, Dutch, Spanish and Papiamento. They seem very happy people. On store clerk told me that they put the Aloe at the doorway to… Continue reading Aruba Part Three
Arriving to Aruba from Atlanta. About 4 hours flight. First impression from the airport to the hotel was not that good. Scenery was rather dull and dusty and void spaces, reminded me of India or Philippine. About 30 minutes ride, road sign reads “high raise hotel”. Felt like arriving Disneyland or something. Palm beach. Long… Continue reading Aruba – part two
Sky is blue and water is warm and turquoise in Aruba. When we left Rochester, it was snowing. It is very special threat to enjoy this kind of weather middle of the winter.Swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and eating good food. Very relaxing.
“Shichimenncho” in Japanese…. Translate to “Seven faced bird”. The name comes as it turns the colors of head, red, purple and blue when excited. Not native bird in Japan, I think. Yes, it’s Turkey. I had not tasted turkey growing up in Japan. I am not fond of its taste. It’s a bit gamy for… Continue reading Seven faced bird
Salt hoppers from American Rock Salt., just south of Rochester line up at the yard. Are these salts for the snowy road? Just opening the kiln after 36 hours of cooling. Do you notice the difference? The bottom shelf might looks different from the previous picture. There were last minutes change before firing. Anyway, firing… Continue reading Opening Kiln