Playing around with Ceramics…

I have been toying with formulating my own glazes. So I made a bunch of test tiles in three different clay types. Then I jumped into mixing up some glazes from raw materials. I mixed an Ash glaze and a matt glaze. I them took each of those base glazes and dove right into colorants… assuming of course that my base glazes were good…..

As you can see in this photo I had an awful lot of failures. but I whipped the books back out and dove back in.

With round #2 I was so sure I had worked out all the kinks that I went ahead and did new test tiles with a new Matt a new Ash and added a gloss and a mottles glaze. I then Glazed a bunch of pots with a few successes from round #1. Fully confident they would look the same as they did with round one… why wouldn’t they right? Unless of course with a shake of the hand that .3% manganese becomes maybe 5% and mottles blue turns to gunmetal black… awesome.

I am kidding of course , it sucked. But still I can’t wait to mix up round #3! šŸ™‚ Pictured here are of course the few that came out OK. Next time it’s going to be great!!!

By bluedawg Design Posted in Fine Art

Andy Rooney thinks about women over 50.

As I grow in age, I value women over 50 most of all. Here are just a few
reasons why:

A woman over 50 will never wake you in the middle of the night & ask, ‘What
are you thinking?’ She doesn’t care what you think.

If a woman over 50 doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around
whining about it. She goes and does something, she wants to do, & it’s
usually more interesting.

Women over 50 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at
the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you
deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get
away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s
like to be unappreciated.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a
woman over 50.

Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 50 is far sexier than her
younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest.. They’ll tell you right off if you
are a jerk or if you are acting like one. You don’t ever have to wonder
where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over 50 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s
not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 50,
there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with
some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, ‘Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for
free? Here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage.
Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a
little sausage!

Andy Rooney is a really smart guy!

By bluedawg Design Posted in Humor

FlashAndTheCity 2011

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Flash and the City is a four-day technology event, beginning June 9 with a day ofĀ workshops, and includes a 3-day, June 10-12, marathon-style conference focusing on a variety of technologies.

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