It was a decent firing yesterday, with a couple of new glazes. Dan Finnegan will recognize the blue ash glaze here on the faceted bowl. It's his Runny Blue (or maybe Blue-Green) Ash, with about .5 percent cobalt carbonate and sifted hardwood ash from my sister-in-law Ellen's New York farmhouse woodstove.
I've been trying to come up with a blue glaze that I like, but which isn't that sorta scary cobalt blue that can be so popular. I like this one, which has just enough runniness at cone 10 that it threatens to leave the pot for the kiln shelf and just enough blue that it's ... well ... blue. I'm afraid it remains a potter's glaze rather than a buyer's glaze, but what the hell.
Lots of cups and mugs in this firing. About 40 cups and 20 or so bigger mugs. I've got a show in Chatham in a couple of weeks and I hate not to have drinking vessels. Also got two nice wedding gift mugs (the temmoku ones with copper red tops) out of the load, for our friends Mark and Terrie, who are being married Saturday evening down-Cape in West Barnstable. Our softball team is giving the bride away. Should be ... interesting.