I was decorating pots last nights and got to thinking about how often I repurpose stuff.
I rarely use hairspray but I find it invaluable in the studio. I spray it on the raw glaze before I start painting to provide a stronger surface. When I am mixing colors on the pot I use hairspray instead of water to move the color around. I also spray lightly before I begin adding the black outlines.
Nylon coffee baskets are so useful for sieving small amounts of slip, clay, terra sig that I have at least six of them. When I'm working I hate to stop and clean so they get dumped in a bucket of water until the end of the day.
And I can't forget popsicle sticks, I buy them by the thousand at craft stores when they go on sale. They are strong enough to make small wooden tools, yet not so precious that I can't throw them out when they get worn.
When I was still teaching my students would often say that Benny's, the local hardware/auto supply store, was my favorite pottery supply. Chamois and sea wool sponges, for example, are always much cheaper than ordering through a pottery supply place.
Here is our post Thanksgiving turkey hot off the grill. I took this in the dark with my little fill flash. I am always surprised that it's possible to stake photos at night. Last night I made turkey lasagna with a sauce made from leftover creamed onions, mushrooms, ricotta with a layer of parmesian and cheddar on top. I still think no boil lasagna noodles are one of the great gifts to the modern cook.
Sadly this is the last week of Mud Colony. Go over and see what we are up to in the world of clay.
Kudos and thanks to Adriana for providing such a wonderful site......and we can still meet up on Facebook!
Enjoy the holidays you celebrate; there seems to be something to celebrate every day.....Not least of which is clay buddies around the world.
As always, thanks for stopping by............*s*