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More results and…..

still some head scratching!!! Opened the kiln a couple of days ago and got some great surprises…..

This one glaze, Cream Gloss, that i was a bit unsure about at the beginning, but now I’ve been adding other glazes to it, I’m liking it….it’s the one that looks a bit like caramel….and the results from adding some of the other glazes on top of the persimmons and the nutmeg glazes are giving me some decent lifts!!! there are so many possibilities…..

One of the things I’m interested in is having a really nice celadon glaze, and i know it’s much harder in oxidation, but i think I’ve managed to find a decent celadon, after 3 tries….i’m pretty happy, given my understanding, after 25 years in this business, of chemistry is really basic….and i mean really basic, i’m actually starting to understand some aspects of how glazes work…..and it is opening up a whole new world of possibilities for me! But on the down side, tried to maneuver an other glaze, floating blue, which, on the 2nd try, turned a bit more green than i wanted….has become even more green on the 3rd try….that’s the head scratcher!!!!

but lots of good results and many more creative paths to follow!!

We’ve decided to have an open house for the Mother’s Day weekend….supposed to be the second busiest retail weekend, next to christmas….go figure eh…..which gives me a goal to work towards, a compost pile to move and a lot of outdoors type of work to be done to make the place look really inviting. I’m always actually pretty happy to have deadlines, otherwise you feel like ‘why, when….what for’! So, if anyone reading this is in the vicinity of Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, on the weekend of 7, 8 & 9th May….come on by – we’ll have some refreshments, some lovely flowers to give away….and lots of new pots to show ya!!!

In other news, it’s been a weird day – actually couple of days…weatherwise…woke up this morning to snow on the ground….thankfully that didn’t stay too long….and i went off for a nice walk. Found these lovely new buds….i think they are Elders….but not a hundred percent sure….

That’s about all for this evening….but i just want to tell you that i also have a photo journal blog of sorts…you can find it here…..

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6 Responses to “More results and…..”


  1. April 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Linda,
    Thanks for reminding me about your blog. I’m going to add it to my favourites so I can keep track of your work. Let us know when you’ll be able to wholesale…love some of those glazes!
    I’ll send an email with news.
    Bev

    • April 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Bev…just found this comment….i’m still trying to get used to this blog world…you know that if you hit the ‘subscribe’ button on the front page of the blog, you’ll get a notice in your inbox when i’ve posted something….just thought i’d mention it!
      I’m hoping to have a cohesive body of work by the beginning of May, so if you want, i can take some very specific shots and send them to you. I’ll be firing a couple more kilns in the next 2 weeks, having a mothers day sale…so maybe we could talk then!
      cheers, linda

  2. 3 Sue Guthrie
    April 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Good Morning,
    Interesting colours you are producing. Am a relatively new potter and due to open my first big kiln firing in an hour or so….I know what you mean by “Christmas Morning”. Your fake “wood firing” glaze reminds me of the incredible gold colour our long Highveld grasses turn in mid winter here in South Africa. Egoli is the nick name for Johannesburg and comes from a mix of languages used on the gold mines – roughly tranlated it means “It is Gold” – perhaps you could call your new colour “Egoli”.

    Sue Guthrie

    • April 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      Hello Sue….so nice to hear from a fellow potter and so far away….very cool indeed! I’m just getting the hang of this blogging thing and didn’t realise there were some comments here….anyway, i love your idea for a new name for the ‘fake wood’ glaze…thanks for that, and i’ll ponder it 🙂 how were the results from your kiln, what kind of work do you do, any images?
      cheers, Linda

  3. 5 Sue Guthrie
    April 22, 2010 at 7:44 am

    First firing went well – no kiln devils! I make teapots which resemble voluptuous African Women in their traditional dress. I tried to paste a picture here but it refused to stay….I really need a teenager for this kind of web activity! I will consult the next one I see and try again later!
    We live on five acres in the countryside near Joburg and Pretoria in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. We were born and raised in Zimbabwe but our home country is not really a good place to try and make a living these days although we still have quite a lot of family in Harare. South Africa has been good to us and I doubt I would have had the opportunity to try pottery in Zimbabwe. Our children were raised and educated here and are both committed South Africans so we feel very settled, hold SA passports and feel this is “home” now.

  4. May 2, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Sorry my fave glaze has become a head scratcher, maybe it wants to be green…All your pots are lovely shapes & colours:-)


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