I just pulled some new items from the kiln and am ready to get into glazing mode. When I get glazing I tend to get into a groove, and get everything glazed relatively quick, so hopefully I will be able to fire the glazed pieces this Thursday (I am gone tomorrow, so am unable to fire then).
Some other good news - I got new clay and also got my mason stains in the mail. I threw a couple pieces yesterday and then again today. I took the stain (which comes as a powder, but I add a little water) and mixed it with some of the clay. Then I split it, putting half the colored clay with half regular clay, so that when I throw it, it *should* mix and give me a marbled look once fired - a white base with light or medium blue swirls throughout. I have six pieces upstairs now, but am having a hard time telling if the marbling is there - i see slight bits of the stain, but not as much as I expected. I think that it is just going to be a thing I need to try a bunch before I get the hang of it - there is a chance that I need to use a lot more of the stain than i am, which means If i like the way it comes out, i need to be ordering more stain (as I only got a little of the light blue and medium blue). And I also think the stain is not going to show up well until it is bisque fired. So - fingers crossed - hopefully i get get more pieces made with enough of the stain showing to do a firing soon, so I can post some photos of how it comes out! I am REALLY wanting this to work, because I think similar pieces I have seen others post are beautiful, so I hope to get a better grasp of how to make it possible! :)
Oh! And I had a nice and wonderful surprise in my e-mail the other day - someone had bought some items of mine from the Creatively Maine Pop-Up shop, and had e-mailed me a photo of my pieces in use at her home! It was a really wonderful sight to see, and a great e-mail to receive! :)