Cracked open a glaze firing. It’s not all unloaded yet, but I did get to excavate as far as some gallery-bound cups. Three of the teacup show prototypes were in there[1], plus three to submit for Comfort and Joy.

I'm particularly happy with the way the clear and white glazes interacted on the rims.

[1] I screwed up the wax resist on Searching for Dragons, so it’ll have to be bisqued again to burn the wax off before I can glaze it. But that’s okay. It’ll be out by the eighth, so that’s not too long a wait.

They’re already taking over the world; why not my brain, too?

I was halfway through an order of Viking mugs yesterday. Today I’m only a quarter done.

I was carrying them over to the wheel for trimming, and jostled the board they were on when I put it down. All the mugs fell over; after sorting through the wreckage I saw half of them had dents. I cursed a bit. But then figured, hey, why not make the best of it? The dented ones got banged around a bit more, to give them a squared rim, and are now decorated with fishies and —why not?–jellyfish.

I’m particularly pleased with the squiggle handles. Not sure if I’m going to sell them or keep them for myself. I’m in the habit of keeping the first of every new idea. But my cupboards aren’t getting any bigger…

March of Mugs

I’ve been doing double time at the clay this week. I’ve been in the usual studio, working on throwing Bugs and glazing Robots, and also hanging around at Alexis Templeton’s, making Robot mugs. It is an experiment in production methods. Some will stay with her, as payment for clay and kiln/shelf space, and the rest will go home with me[1].

She had an event planned for every month last year, and I guess it was a success, because she’s still at it now. Next month will be the March of Mugs. She’s asked for mugs from a bunch of different people, and is planning on showcasing them. And there will be plenty of Robots in the mix, which makes me happy.

[1] I am also experimenting in simplifying Robot application methods. Initial results positive so far. Will talk more later, when have seen if really worth the change.

Because I Can

Playing around.

Kitten continues to grow. Also, to find new and interesting things to destroy. His latest hobbies are jumping in the shower to hunt the water (and jumping back out when the water fights back) and methodically pulling every tissue out of the box to make himself a little nest. And then shredding the nest.

Long post is loooong

What a commotion yesterday! First part of Duckworth and Water Streets were blocked off due to a fire. I came across the smoke waaay up Torbay Road, around the intersection with Newfoundland Drive, on the way in to work that day.

It didn’t seem too bad from this side. But then around the back…

It’s probably a good thing the building belongs to a law office that specializes in insurance claims.

Next door, Model Citizens was getting into the spirit of things:

I’d gone down to see if they’d be open today, because I have some Robot things to deliver. “Sure, you didn’t need the kiln today! You could have just left everything next door overnight!”

Other things that came out of the kiln yesterday: the very last two Viking bowls (finally!), and the first of the rowhouse mugs.

Now I’ve got a cephalopot teaset to finish up and a wedding present to puzzle over, and then it’s full-tilt Folk Fest production.


The last week and a half have been a marathon of mugs. Robot mugs, rowhouse mugs, birthday bug mugs… Experiments with attaching mug handles[1], experiments with mug shapes, experiments with mug foot-to-everything-else ratios…

And last night, a bunch of mugs got loaded in the kiln. Soon I get to see how they turn out!

[1] Vinegar + wiggle? Soooo doesn’t work.[2] Stick with scoring and slipping. Vinegar in slip seems to make nicer slip, though…

[2] On the up side, I now have a bunch of nice clay cups to replace the glass ones I’m giving my brother as a house-warming present.

Fun With Underglaze

Here’s the first draft of the tourist mugs, fresh out of the kiln:

If I want them to sell, I should probably stop calling them that.

White clay, painted with underglaze, and dipped in clear glaze. The black outline was done using a glaze pen, which is a neato-cool contraption not dissimilar to a white-out pen: convenient in theory, but kinda tricky to use in practice… The mug on the left had the outline added at the greenware stage. The pen kept biting into the clay, gouging the surface and gumming up its own insides; it’s why the lines are so untidy. For the mug on the right, I didn’t even try using the pen until the clay had been bisqued. The harder clay kept the pen from gumming itself up or messing up the surface, and allowed me to get much nicer lines (if also producing a sound very much like fingernails on a blackboard). A little more practice, and I might get the hang of the thing.

Or I could, y’know, learn to use a paintbrush. But I’m crap with paintbrushes. See?


This has been the month of commissions. A shaving bowl, a casserole, a butter dish. A possible new line of mugs. A mug for my brother’s birthday and a big serving bowl for my mom’s birthday.

Today I got to settle back into production mode. The old familiar boards full of mugs. Crowds of them, but each one just a little bit different. Thinner or thicker bottoms, taller or shorter rims, curves in different places. I think the day they all look the same is the day I give up making them.