Saturday, October 4, 2014

More Spoons

I found two of the plastic spoons that used to come with Chinese take out.  I like the shape so I used them as molds.  The funny little one is an experiment to make it sit upright.  I think I will make future spoons of this type with a little wedge of clay at the base to make them stand.  The back one is made from the same larger spoon but with a long handle.  It's meant to be a 'tasting spoon'.  Does anyone remember these?  You put the soup in the spoon and tilt it down the handle so you can taste without burning your mouth.  Both my mother and Nanu had these in wood.


I'll make a few more of these to get the feel of them.  I think I'll make the tasting spoon with it's own spoon rest.  Who wants soup all over their stove or counter?

I hear rumors of it going down to the thirties tomorrow night.  Today I'm getting out all my old blankets and covers,  just in case!  I'll bring in a bunch of plants, but I want to keep the morning glories and dahlias going.  We could have a few nights of light frost, then great weather until Thanksgiving!


We'll see, grasshopper......we'll see....

Enjoy the coming week.

As always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*

22 comments:

  1. Never heard of a tasting spoon, but seems like a good idea. I have one of those Asian spoons they give with soup as a sample for ones I'd like to make but have yet to make them. Of all the pots I've made and I don't have a spoon rest on my own stove, something else I need to make.

    When you glaze them, do you glaze both sides, do you use a stilt? Perhaps that's why I haven't made any because I was wondering how to glaze them.

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    1. Hi Linda....The cobbler's children go barefoot!

      We used to get the plastic versions of the porcelain spoon whenever we ordered soup from our favorite Chinese place. I don't know when they switched to regular soup spoons. I want to say recently but I know that it was more like fifteen or twenty years ago! :lol:!

      I glaze the entire spoon and set it on stilts. If there are sharp edges when I remove them I give a quick burnish with my dremel.

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  2. I use to have a tasting spoon, gone but not forgotten. I'm watching as many potter's are playing with spoons. I love the idea, how well do they work?

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    1. Hi Meredith.....Spoons are fun to play with, but they are fussy until you figure them out. I'm still trying different designs. Some work better than others.

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  3. Dearest Suzi,
    It is annoying in a way for having to drag in your plants rather early and than the good weather continues but if plants are not yet hardened off they are too vulnerable.
    We still can continue using our light summer down duvet with the thin cotton duvet covers. In November I will have to change to the French terry and the flannel again... For 3 months we have kind of winter with colder nights. Makes for happy sleeping! Those spoons I have not seen in use in The Netherlands, all I know are the white porcelain ones from the Chinese restaurants. We did bring about 40 back home with us from Indonesia for serving appetizers in.
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette....I'm not sure how much I will have to cover as Harrelson (the woodchuck) had a feast the other day on my smaller dahlias just as they are putting out major blooms.

      I need to make a new cover for my duvet. I made the last one out of king size flannel sheets, not sure what I will use this time.

      I love the idea of chinese spoons for appetizers. Thank-you!..I see them used on cooking shows but never made the connection. Sometimes I need to be led by the hand!

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  4. The spoon are great. Never heard of a tasting spoon but I need one... a burnt tongue is my pet peeve.
    I had one spoon in the last wood firing, I sort of forgot about it. I will have to find it and get a photo of it.
    We are expecting temps down to 39 degrees tonight. brrrrrrrr

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    1. Hi Michele....I'm having fun with the spoon thing. At first making them was an exercise in frustration; then I started thinking of making them as a meditation and things got immediately better.

      I hope you find the spoon and post it.

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  5. Dear Suzi,

    The spoons are really neat that you made and love the one with the resting stand. I have some Chinese pottery spoons like that which are really useful with matching soup bowls.
    stay warm and yes, it would be time to bring out the winter blankets and covers.
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hi Carolyn....Thanks. Matching bowls? Hmmmmm!

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  6. I've tried a few spoons including using one of those small Chinese spoons as a model... I found it all a bit fiddly but might try again. We are taking blankets OFF the bed. Our daytime temp today was hovering on 30C and we went to daylight saving last night... we seem to be skipping Spring and heading straight into Summer!

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    1. Hi Anna...Spoons are fiddly, but since I started treating them as a form of meditation I've gotten better at them.
      We have clear skies after several days of much needed rain. But clear skies mean chillier nights.
      Our daylight savings continues for several more weeks!

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    2. Little pinch pot bowls, all organic looking to go with, and then your fabulous painting!
      I made a couple of spoons similar once and carved them to look like seed pods. I put them in a friends wood kiln and they turned out really great.... No idea where they are, fleeting ideas.....

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    3. Hi Tracy.... I've been using various objects for molds. Pinch pots coming up. If you ever find them I'd love to see your spoons. Love the idea of seed pods!

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    1. Hi Gary....I'm sort of skirting around several that are glazed and ready for decoration. I'm actually doing some preliminary drawings with aquarelles!

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  8. Can't wait to see these fired! I make so many bowls and always struggle find the perfect spoon for display…… duh….. never occurred to me to make some. :) No frost here last night but oh so chilly and windy!!

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  9. Hi Sandy....Spoons are fun to make if you have the time and like to fuss.
    We've spent the day getting the fish pond ready for the leaf net, and pulling slightly delicate potted plants up close to the house. No frost expected, but yes, the nights are definitely chilly!

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  10. I cam here because of the beautiful teapot. I love majolica, too. I started to college when I was 17 and was in and out of college, returning many times as my husband would "allow." Plus, I cannot sit up during pregnancy, much less think. So, after 29 years, I earned my BA, then another BA and then an MA. Love your blog.

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  11. Hi Linda....Thanks for finding me. Toes crossed that you keep returning.

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  12. Fall is time for soup. And there's no time like any time for a soup spoon like those. I love the long handled one especially.

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    1. Hi Cheri.....The final test: How well it works in reality!

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