Went for a walk tonight in the beautiful E.P. Tom Sawyer Park. We saw 5 turkeys, a few deer and several hawks. The weather was so wonderful! I just love these warm evenings with the smell of honeysuckle in the air.
Bumblebee scoop with meadow:
Textured coffee scoop with hollow handle.
I made another cat spoon today, but I made a “safe” coffee scoop to post instead. This is the third time I have made one and didn’t have the guts to post it. I just look at them and they look so silly! I don’t know, maybe one day I will be brave enough to post it whether I hate it or not!
I am so pleased with today’s kiln opening! Everything came out well; no problems in the firing. That. Never. Happens. So needless to say….SUPER HAPPY!!
Today’s spoon, #36, is a small scoop. Handbuilt from a small slab. The scoop part is all one piece with two cuts and folded in on itself. Then a flat strip for the handle. I tried to get Harry to pose with the scoop, but he was convinced that I was up to no good!
Lots of pictures today, spoon first and then all the kiln opening pics.
You may wonder why my spoons and scoops have such thick handles. The reason is simple. I make the handles a bit more sturdy to prevent breakage. Ceramic spoons are more delicate than wooden or metal spoons. They need to be handled gently. So, I add a little extra material in order to make them stronger.
I hope that this week I will be able to share some completed, glazed spoons with everyone. I got some new ceramic rods that fit on the bead rack in my kiln. These, theoretically, will support the weight of my spoons so that I can have glaze over the entire piece. We shall see if they are indeed stronger than the high temp wire I have been using!