Gold!

I tested the gold luster on St. Augustine’s “City of God” yesterday evening. The kiln was cool enough this morning that it could be taken out. The experiment was a success! Even coverage, no dripping, good thickness. I lustered up some more cups this morning and put them in for their firing. Should be able to take them out by evening. I’m so excited. Luster is completely new territory for me, and I was sure I’d mess it up somewhere along the way, but so far, it’s all gone very well.

While I was busy with the luster, Jason and helpful hand Denzil put a few big pieces through the raku kiln. It was a very dangerous-ceramics-themed morning. Only one smallish fireball was produced, although Jason did lose some eyebrow to the first kiln-opening.

Garden

TWO of my tomato plants have wee green tomatoes on them! TWOOOO! Also, three of my pepper plants are in bloom. They are doing such important-to-the-development-of-food things when the temperature has dropped to unconducive levels, but hey. I’m still excited. Google tells me their babies risk turning out “cat-faced”, but quite frankly, hat does not sound like a bad thing. I am quite curious to find out exactly how a vegetable can appear cat-faced. I bet it’s cute.

In other news, pots continue happening. I put another dent in my pile of bisqued book teacups this week; they’ll be fired tomorrow, along with a special request and sundry robots. Lots of medieval textbooks in this load. I’ll have to set them aside and figure out how to get gold luster on them. (Gold luster not only requires firing to a different temperature than I normally hit. It’s also incredibly toxic stuff. The gold is held in suspension with a bunch of very nasty, highly absorbable chemicals. Gloves ain’t gonna cut it for safety gear. I strongly suspect the respirator I have is the wrong sort[1], and the ventilation system in the studio may not be good enough for the length of the firing… What I need is an outdoor kiln or something. Hrm. )

[1] It’s rated for mineral and other dust, not chemical fumes.