Saturday, November 29, 2008

Barrel firing number 6

It's firing away here. Photos of the results tomorrow.
Working with clay at home the other day and my cat insisted on part of the action.

Such a cutie!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mermaid close up

Another photo in addition to the post below. I have a friend Quinn (he's 2 and almost a half) and I hear he likes this book with mermaids in it. This one is for you kid.

It's not just a lot of hot air!

The first cone 10 firing with our new glazes that Becky and I made, tested, retested and finally are put to good use!! We were both excited with our results.
After seeing these results, which I liked, I made 7 plates today to get ready for the next gas kiln.

Details of the mermaid's tail. A close up for you Quinn.

My personal favorites. but am pleased with all the results from this firing.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Did I mention I made my own crust?

When I turned 40 this year, yikes, still a bit of a shocker to see those numbers, I said the one thing I will do is make my own crust for my fabulous pie. (not that I am NOT ambitious! but there is beauty in keeping it simple, and in a good crust!)

Some feedback from friends, a little research on google, and I was set to make it. I am sure somewhere in my past I have made crust from scratch. But nothing that I carried with me to my adults days.

I learned the most important part: temperature is cold. I would even ice my hands a bit before mixing in the drops of water.

And it came out GREAT!! Mmmmm. Flaky, made with butter and actually quite easy.

So ta-DA!! I've accomplished my goal. (nothing like John's 100 pots though!! Maybe someday when I am older...ouch, sorry John.)

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's Pie time!

The Third annual Pie bakeoff arrived again. A bakeoff between Steve Fahey and me usually. but this year we had a new addition: 89 year old Nunzio!! he claims his is a five star pie. we all had our secret methods and look at the results:
Nunzio displaying his prized pie.

All three pies are proudly displayed:

I would have to give awards as follows: lower left (Nunzio) for most exotic--he had white raisins inside and coated his crust with egg white...look at it shine. lower right (Steve) for best looking and top (mine) for most apples.

Actually I have been on a 10 year quest to reach the apple limit, and I think I did it this past Saturday. Look at how high it is. Looking at it makes me crack up.

In fact, while it was cooking part of its side fell off!! A true sign. So I have reached Mount Pie-everest. And can begin the climb off the summit. Now I will search for the perfect combination of apples to topping mixture.

Of course the babies were there, I knew you were wondering. Would they miss out on their first ever pie bake off? They were climbing all over the place, even in the trees...

And Sue --well I do not know what she was doing with the babies, looks like they each had a bit too much. (her hubby Steve peeking behind her0 The pie was deee licious!!

Another important part of this Pie Day, was Serbian dinner day!! While not pictured, Zaqlina and Lee cooked up a storm of stuffed pickled cabbage, spinach cornbread and broccoli. yummy!! We were treated like royalty this day.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Some photos

A few more shots of the barrel firing

The above was taken outside, sorry it looks so washed out. But here a few more of the bottles, but inside.

And here is a shot Becky took of the babies--her production and a great ending to this post.

Check out John, Amy and Becky's posts for more barrel firing shots.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Barrel Firing Number 5

Our first Halloween Barrel Firing was a huge success. Many from clayworks participated. And it was fun to see the colors in the fire. Here's a clip of the banter generally found around barrel during the night.

There was lots of work to load, as seen on the cart, and behind, lots of food to eat, as you can see where everyone is gathered!

And later, 12:50am, the costumes arrived, with Becky's sister, Cinder, arriving incognito....and I caught Becky's expression.

More tomorrow...great results for all!!