Birds flying Air Canada

Once again I have packed jugbirds into a smaller-than-carry-on-size box ready to take to the airport with me tomorrow. I think the allowable size is now smaller so some will have to go in my hand-bag too. Good thing I only want a book and passport besides them.             While I am travelling to Cambridge, Berlin briefly, London and Salisbury – all to visit family members, I won’t be able to blog. So I’d like to post photos of the nine jugbirds ...

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Soda Pots

It’s time to post the results of my part of the recent soda firing at Shadbolt Centre. Just today Al took photos of the latest earthenware, electric-fired jugbirds so those will appear very soon, but I like to keep my notes chronological.                         Since I got to see the new salty-like pots we have been very busy with important things like family birthdays and a much-anticipated holiday on Vancouver Island. I even ...

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Opening Day

  Last Wednesday Al and I went on a long-awaited getaway to Whistler but first there was the soda kiln unloading. He had to wait for me to do the important stuff! When I arrived at the kilns Linda had already unloaded the Blaauw kiln and reloaded it with another batch of cone 10 reduction student work. By 10am most of the soda firing group had arrived. The kiln door was already open but the pots were still lightly warm, even though it was four days since we turned off the kiln.   We formed ...

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New Jugbirds

This week’s glaze firing contained 48 glaze tests. I am looking for a reliable clear glaze which will be suitable for both my favourite D’arcy’s Redart and a white earthenware. So I had made 12 testers in each of: D’arcy’s, Plainsman F100, SPS LF06 and Georgie’s Wonder White. Of each 12 I left 4 plain, painted 4 with underglazes and 4 with slips and then glazed those samples with 4 different glazes. As recommended by Tony Hansen of Digitalfire I shocked the tests ...

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My April

Here we are almost at the end of April so it’s time to do a catch-up blog. I’ve just been poddling along, painting the odd plate and some jugbirds and more importantly researching glaze recipes for cone 04 white clays. It’s been a record-setting rainy month so we grab the chance to do some gardening or I load a kiln when the sun comes out. Happily Easter Day was dry so I’m happy to include a photo of most of the important people in my life. They joined Al and me for a ...

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