yesterday we went to Morston again, to give Sal and Tilda a good leg stretch after the firing day. here’s T ambushing Sal

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and rushing about, with a large lump of mud flicked up by her foot.

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and here’s something to think on for texture and pattern. its just barnacles on an upturned plastic boat. In fact I think its going to be an inspiration for the knit collection, I can just see an embroidery, or an encrustation of sequins from this photo.

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I am pleased with the firing. I had some re-tests of the new glaze, plus the new black clay, and I used the terracotta crank for the small cone settings to see how it reacted to the high temperature (80 degrees C higher than recommended)

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here it is, opened up this morning. it’s good to keep a record of where things were in the kiln. the big pot on the left has reacted in the same way as the big bottle I had in that spot with the same glaze combination, fired in December.

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the terracotta crank which I used for these cone sets has done about what you would expect a red clay to do – rather purplish and metallic. it might bloat as well, but I will put the pots I make using it in a cool part of the kiln.

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the link for the pots is here

here is the black clay with white porcelain spread on it with a knife, then scored through, and glazed with the crawling shino. I think I shall get some more of the black clay, its very dramatic.

with the new versions of my dolomite/copper glaze, it has a lot of depth under the porcelain overlay.

this is the crawling shino glaze again, on the basic crank. it was very near the flue, which is a very hot place, and a lot of the glaze has just thrown itself to the kiln floor. I am going to have to chisel it off. it leaves this gorgeous reddish veined colour on the bare clay.

and the biggest pot came out very well, I think, another in the series of large bottles with the white clay layered over the crank. there is a mystery black metallic spot on its shoulder, which I like very much.

there must have been a bit of the used fireclay grog around when I rolled the clay out.

out again this afternoon, I can’t resist posting three photos, one of red campion in the hedgerow in Cake’s Lane.

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and the Lane itself, full of twists and turns, it is very ancient. I would like to think it is prehistoric.

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this gateway leads into another big permanent meadow, full of cowparsley. sometimes there are sheep in it, but it is allowed to grow long at this time of year. I don’t think it gets sprayed.

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I would like to bet that a roe deer has fawns in here. they prefer long grass, and are as territorial about their fawning grounds as the bucks.