Sunday, August 24, 2008

Give Me That Hot Stuff

Raku Firing is probably one of my top 10 favorite things to do. For those who don't know raku is a low firing pottery. You use low fire Clay and Glazes. You place your bisque fired and glazed pieces in the the kiln and light her up! It takes about 30-45 minutes to fire. Then you take the pieces out and place them in a trashcan. (As you can see in the two pictures below.) You let them reduce in the trashcans which are filled with sawdust, pine needles, newspaper and straw. Wait about an hour and remove them. You let them cool and then clean them off.

In my opinion the pieces turn out amazing eveytime. You never know what they will look like! For example the piece below was supposed to be WHITE. It is more amber than white!

And sometimes you get these beautiful copper pieces!

This is our Raku Firing Crew. Me, Walter and Brian.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

They Call It Puppy Love

Hi! My name is Grayson, but you can call me Gray. I like to sleep, eat, and play. I like to play more than anything else. I especially like to play with Mike and Maggie. I am super cute and cuddly, but I am a puppy so I might nip your hand or nose or foot or pants or (you get the point.) I am learning to eat "easy" out of your hand, walk on a leash, and I kinda understand "no". My birthday is June 23rd. Did you know that my birthday is the same day that Mary and Wayne got married! Cool huh!?

I am tuckered out so I am going to go sleep in my GINORMOUS dog bed! Night.