15 November 2010 @ 05:36 pm
I haven't been very good at updating things here. Mostly because I post the craft stuff to my other blog and keep forgetting to echo it here, and I don't have much personal stuff to post.

Clay with low-fire glazes. I was hoping the blue would turn out brighter, but this is okay. I just hope he looks as good on my sister-in-law's wall.

Not bad for something that was actually supposed to be raku. I think there will have to be another raku octopus in the future, though.

Octopus' spots let him hide in plain sight.

Also posted to miamakes.com
I need a blogging program that lets me post to two places with one click.

18 June 2010 @ 05:39 pm
We've had a problem with baguettes and bags-- namely, they fall out of conventionally-proportioned bags, causing one to either hold the baguette in one's hand, or juggle it along with the rest of the bags.

Behold, a baguette bag! Or maybe quiver, I'm not sure which. You can wear it over the shoulder or across the chest; no action shots yet, because J balked at taking pictures when there wasn't an actual baguette to be found.

I, however, have no qualms about using a roll of Pokemon wrapping paper as a stunt double.

Closeup of the stitch pattern.
07 May 2010 @ 01:14 pm
Another set from the same assignment as the flower plates and the green plates.

I used our good old Corelle dishes as molds for these, since I can't throw worth a damn. I covered the plates in saran-wrap and pressed the wrinkles out as best I could, then draped thin sheets of clay over them and molded them down. After they dried out a bit, I took them off, carved them into the triangle-ish shapes, and smoothed out whatever creases were left from the saran.

I free-handed the trimming on this one, which is why it's kind of lumpy and irregular. The smoothing took a lot of clay off and all the pieces are very thin, but only this one cracked during firing.

I marked out the points and drew little guidelines on this one and the next before trimming it, so it looks better to me. It's not perfectly even in the placement and sizes of the points or the curves between them, but it's not as off as the big plate.

There's only three glazes on these; the red, the white, and the brown. The other sections are where those glazes overlap. I put a little pencil dot in the center of each piece and dipped each corner into a glaze bucket up to the dot, then let it dry before dipping another corner into another bucket. I'm not keen on the red-white or red-brown overlaps, but I like the way the brown-white came out with the little dots. It kind of reminds me of our old Brittany spaniels.
03 May 2010 @ 07:32 pm

From the same ceramics class assignment as the flower plates. I used an airbrush to put the glaze on and I'm not terribly used to it, which is why the edges seem lighter-- less glaze.

There were some hairline cracks in this after it was bisque-fired. I was hoping the glaze would flow into them, but perhaps I didn't spray it on thick enough.

I'm not as keen on the mid-sized one. I should have made it smooth-edged like the platter, and a smaller oval instead of squarish. It's also wobbly.

The bowl came out okay, though.

The green glaze is actually a mix of lots of different glazes-- basically, to clean out the airbrush you spray water through it until it runs clear, and you might as well use that water to rinse down the spray booth walls at the same time. It all runs out through a funnel and into a bucket, and that gets turned into Mystery Glaze, different every semester.

The undersides of all the pieces are just black, though.
27 April 2010 @ 11:36 pm

J made steaks for my father's birthday. Forrest contributed some drool.
14 April 2010 @ 03:43 pm
For Christmas J bought me a pressure canner. He said he was going to buy me a vest with a battery-operated electric heater in it, but they didn't have any in sizes less than XL so he got the canner instead. Personally, I think I'll get more use out of the canner. ;)

The first thing we made were stocks; a turkey stock with the frozen carcass from Thanksgiving, and a veggie stock with the frozen ends and peels of vegetables. The light yellow, cloudy one is the turkey, the darker clear one is veggie. There was more veggie stock, but it didn't all fit in the canner so it went in the fridge instead.

The turkey stock was made the day before and put in the fridge overnight, which made it a lot easier to defat. I do need to find a better way to strain things, though; I tried a jelly bag for some and several layers of cheesecloth for the other, and there's still some sediment left in. Maybe a coffee filter.

If you're ever needing vast quantities of vinegar, go to Costco. Coke included for size reference.

The next thing we made was jalapenos en escabeche, since J kept looking mournfully at the grocery store jalapenos and sniffling about how they weren't as good at the ones he got in Texas. There were nice fresh jalapenos at the store, so we got some.

First we (well, he) sliced up jalapenos and carrots and onions and cooked them all together with garlic . . .

. . . then simmered them with vinegar and bay leaves for a while . . .

. . . then canned them. They don't look quite as appetizing when they're that sickly army-green color, but he says they taste better than store brand. I tried a carrot and think they're too spicy, but I don't like jalapenos anyway.
16 March 2010 @ 12:29 pm

It needs a Zig Bag to go with it, but I'm not sure what that would look like. Maybe the same pattern, going the other way.

4mm hook, black cotton yarn. If you look really closely you can see that I used two different colors of black, but I don't care. It's just a grocery bag.
28 January 2010 @ 02:12 pm
This totally needs to be a t-shirt. I'd buy it. And wear it.
19 January 2010 @ 04:05 pm
My gallbladder attacked me-- vicious, vengeful, ungrateful little bastard of an organ!-- so they took it out and now I have nowhere to store all my bile. It'll all just come right out.

There goes my excuse to be nice to people.
11 October 2009 @ 09:06 pm

Greenware at this stage. There's a bowl also, but I forgot to photograph it before I took it to be fired.

These are for the "dinnerware" assignment for ceramics class. We're supposed to make four three-piece place settings; since I really don't do well at the wheel, I asked if I could make four sets of three instead of one set of twelve.

Crossposted, etc.