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Best Mixing Bowl Ever Just Got Better!

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Blog posts, Functional Stoneware |

Thanks to Barbara Kirkwood who has discovered a great bread recipe that can be mixed AND BAKED! in my mixing bowls. Here is the recipe: No-Knead Peasant Bread 2 14-ounce loaves INGREDIENTS 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons sugar 2ΒΌ teaspoons instant yeast 2 cups lukewarm water softened butter, for greasing Here it is....

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Kiln Opening July 1 2017

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Blog posts, Functional Stoneware |

These pieces will go to the Torpedo Factory – for the July Show at Scope Gallery. The Stripey Platter is a new and fun look. I have added the Perky Songster to my flock of Rooster, Heron and Owl. The mouse does not get eaten, by the way, nor does the frog. The mouse is hiding on the back side of the mug. Shhhh.

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Obvara Raku – third try!

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Blog posts, Raku at the Pen |

  This worked much better. As you will see in the video, the mixture burns on because I have taken it out of the bucket. Then, I think the trick is to put the pot into the flour mixture and then get it into the cooling water bath more quickly- that is if the goal is to get varied color....

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Obvara Firing Second Try

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Blog posts, Raku at the Pen |

I decided that the problem the first time was that the mixture was not thick enough and that I had not stirred it recently enough. So I added flour and tried again. The results were better.   I think the thing to do is to dunk the pot quickly and take it out so the special mixture will really burn on. Stay tuned for try #3! Photo and Video kindness of...

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Obvara Raku – First Try

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog posts, Raku at the Pen |

Obvara Raku is actually not raku at all. The only similarity is that the pot gets heated up in a raku kiln. Obvara is a technique used in the Balkans to seal low fire pots to prepare them for cooking and serving food. This method is said to promote good health and longevity to those consuming the food. How can this not be a good thing? When the kiln is at...

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