Friday, 9 August 2013

Slow roast and braised leaves

                                            My wonderful husband bought me this treasure
                                            as a late birthday prezzie and now I am putting it
                                                to good use.
                                                I did a workshop with the gorgeous and
                                                charismatic India Flint a few years ago and I
                                                have so much respect for her work and her way
                                                of living in the world.
                                                I learnt so much in the four days I spent
                                                in her workshop and her two books
                                                ECO COLOUR and SECOND SKIN are a brilliant
                                                addition to the workshop and give me constant joy.

              So I went for a walk this morning and found   
      some wind fall leaves together with a few
               tip prunings from the garden and have bundled 
               up a lovely Merino wool shirt that I bought last 
           week and it is on a slow cook in the dye pot.

                                                   Meanwhile the kiln is cooking a bisque
                                                   of large bowls and platters.

                                                   I need these for next week and I only
                                                   finished the two big bowls a few days ago!
                                                   So I nervously put the semi wet pots into a
                                                   low slow kiln and cooked them to 100˚ for
                                                   about 5 hours and they dried out beautifully.
                                                   (not very energy efficient I know but I am
                                                   a desperate woman this week!)
                                                   So the full bisque is now running and we
                                                   will see how they go.

                                                   Come back next week to see what comes out
                                                   of the oven and the cauldron!
                                                   "Hehehehe" she cackled to her self ;)

                                                    In the mean time you could check out
                                                    my web site if you haven't seen it before.

                                                    Or for more ceramic stories,
                                                    you could have a look at the Mud Colony                     

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