Saturday, 28 February 2009

Chicken coup with a lime twist

Call me bonkers, but after a last episode of 'It's Not Easy Being Green', I am contemplating having my own chickens... in a city. I know, ever so slightly mad. I haven't even mentioned anything to C or J and there of course is a matter of aesthetics; wouldn't like a chicken coup that would take half of mine already not so big garden. So until tonight the whole idea was rather ephemeral, but then came Eglu:

and I must say, the idea of keeping chicken in my back garden suddenly became insy wincy less bonkers. One can get Eglu from Omlet for £353 or with two chickens for £388

In search of pink raspberry glaze

I am a total novice when it comes to glazes. I use what is in a studio, but tend to go for whites most often. This time however, I am in desperate need for pink. I want it to be nice and warm, kind of raspberry or raspberry and cream.

Of course there is no pink glaze in a studio. None, there is no nice red either for that matter. I am saying of course, because I noticed lately, that with me and my projects somehow things never go nice and easy.

Anyway, so I am on a mission to find pink glaze and so far I have found:

Pink Glaze Base #4
WHITING............. 37.70 18.85%
FERRO FRIT 3134..... 55.80 27.90%
KAOLIN.............. 35.50 17.75%
SILICA.............. 50.70 25.35%
CORNWALL STONE...... 20.30 10.15%

CaO 0.84* 18.29%
MgO 0.00* 0.02%
K2O 0.01* 0.49%
Na2O 0.15* 3.63%
Fe2O3 0.00* 0.03%
TiO2 0.00 0.01%
B2O3 0.26 7.18%
Al2O3 0.24 9.70%
SiO2 2.59 60.65%

Cost/kg 0.81
Si:Al 10.61
SiB:Al 11.69
Expan 7.23

35 Nepheline Syenite
15 Whiting
9 Ferro Frit 3134
10 Kentucky OM#4 Ball Clay
19 Silica
10 Tin Oxide
2 Bentonite
Total 100

ADD: Chrome oxide 0.15%

A: Jeannie Purple
B: Clay Times Jan/Feb. 05, based on John Hesselberth
and Ron Roy Tin/Chrome Raspberry
B: similar oxides to Rosenrot Red 1, Rosenrot Red 4,
Chrome Tin Base Raspberry Blue, Chrome Tin Base
B: similar oxides to Chrome Tin Base and Goodrich
C: 6
D: cool maximum rate to 800C hold 1 hour
E: 30 silica
E: 20 calcium carbonate
E: 18 nepheline syenite
E: 18 ball clay,OM-4
E: 14 frit,Ferro 3134
E: 3.75 tin dioxide
E: 0.60 cobalt carbonate
E: 0.20 chrome oxide
F: gloss
H: Alisa Clausen: gloss dark blue purple

A: Lewing Raspberry
B: Paul Lewing
C: 6
E: 27 feldspar,Custer
E: 9 kaolin,EPK
E: 21 calcium carbonate
E: 18 silica
E: 9 frit,Ferro 3134
E: 8 talc
E: 8 borate,Gerstley
F: gloss
H: Alisa Clausen: Clear, stable, shiny gloss. No
noticeable differences where double dipped. Some
crystals where especially thick under rim. Nice.
Same recipe tested with 8 Colemanite for
Gerstley Borate, no discernable difference, except
colemanite version had a very small bluish pool
in test bowl center. I think this sub. works.

A: Chrome Tin Base Raspberry
B: Clay Times Jan/Feb. 2005
B: similar oxides to Goodrich Cranberry, Jeannie
Purple, Rosenrot Red 4 and Rosenrot Red 1
C: 6
E: 100 Chrome Tin Base
E: 7.5 tin dioxide
E: 0.6 cobalt carbonate
E: 0.2 chrome oxide
F: gloss

A: Chrome Tin Base Raspberry Blue
B: similar oxides to Jeannie Purple
C: 6
E: 100 Chrome Tin Base
E: 1 cobalt carbonate
E: 0.25 iron oxide,red
F: gloss
H: Alisa Clausen: gloss blue with many variations
on a smooth lush covering with streaking and
movement. Thickened at bottom edge
but did not run.

Spinach Potage

My family loves this soup. Last time I've made it, a wee one had 5 mugs of it. Five! No idea where she puts it though :D The soup itself is very easy to do and quick.
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • slash of oil
  • 1 litre of water
  • 2 veg stock cubes
  • 1 ts lime jiuce
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 250g fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup milk
  1. In a saucepan heat up an oli and then add onions and garlic. Saute them for 3 minutes or until tender and translucent. Add potatoes and saute for further 5 minutes
  2. Add water, vegeterian stock cubes and lime juice. Cover, bring to boil and simmer 10 to15 minutes or until potatoes are ready. (You can speed up this process by adding already boiling water.)
  3. Add spinach and milk, bring it to boil and cook for further 2 minutes.
  4. Blend a soup until creamy and serve.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Ceramic Voyages - Teco

Teco Art Pottery was created by William D. Gates, the founder of The Terra Cotta Tile Works and tntroduced to the public at the begining of the last century. Butifuly architectual and fabulously practical epitomises the principals of the Arts and Crafts Movement;
"Have nohing in your house which you do not know to be usefull, or believe to be beautiful".

I love old pieces and a new ones. Strong, fresh, very expresive, with an emphasis on shape more than on a colour or decoration.



More examples of Teco Pottery wonderfull shapes >> here
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