Today I think I’ll take a page from my Grandma Dorie’s book and write a chit-chat list. She sends hers weekly via email and organizes it by categories, ranking from “Least Interesting” to “Most Interesting.” I’m pleased to say that my trip to Hungary made the list once, and it was toward the latter, not the former! Here goes:
I did laundry today.
Sort of Interesting:
I got the dryer to work, once, which is apparently semi-miraculous. I’m grateful that I’ll get to use a dry towel and sleep in dry pajamas on dry sheets tonight!
Hm. I just re-read that and maybe it should be demoted a category.
Work in the studio is progressing nicely. I put some saggers and one test “tile” casted from the Herund porcelain slip in a bisque today. When I asked how to go about bisquing things yesterday, Klara, the technician, asked, “When do you want them done?” I said, “Soon.” Her response was, “Why soon? You have three whole months!” Ha!
My molds are also almost done. I’m going to finish cleaning them up today and then dry them out overnight in the awesome dry boxes here. The ICS has definitely got UMD beat on that piece of equipment.
Please regard what I ate for lunch today.
Tomorrow Meredith and I are going to go check out the flea market downtown. I guess they have tons of stuff you can’t find anywhere else in the world (crazy cold-war era-ish). I don’t plan to buy a whole lot, but I’m looking forward to looking! Meredith advised me to bring lots of change and small bills so the vendors don’t think I’m a rich American and jack the prices up. I have a feeling that my accent on the 7 Hungarian words I know might give me away anyway, though. 🙂 Regardless, it’s probably good advice to follow.
After that, my molds should be dry, so I’m going to start casting away!! I’m excited! I had a conversation yesterday with Ilona about the Herund slip and she said that in the factory they normally fire to cone 14 (Non-ceramics people, this is about 2523*F. I’m not sure what the color inside the kiln would be at that point, but I’d assume it’s brilliantly white). Anyway, all of her slabs in the last firing (to cone 11, or 2399*F) warped pretty badly. She thought that maybe the firing was too fast, which affects the amount of heat work done to each piece. Long story short – the porcelain didn’t get hot enough for the glass-forming portion to melt fully and relax the pieces down to a flat state on the shelves. I’m a little worried about how mine will turn out, because I haven’t taken any of the precautions she takes with her work in order to get her pieces flat. Not much to do about it right now though! TTFN.
PS I would be eternally grateful for some responses, no matter how small, to my last post! Thank you!