I like color. I love black and white photos, but for some things it's gotta be color - like the pots I'm making in my pottery class. Black and white glazes just don't float my boat. They have electric kilns there and getting glazes that excite me has been difficult. I like reduction glazes that you get in gas kilns. But for now, this is what I've got to deal with. I started making pinch pots to test the glazes because I was ruining pots by just dipping and praying. They all turned out looking like that yellow-green baby diarrhea. You know the color. Uck. Pinch pots are made by hand, not on the wheel like the pots I'm making in class. I made mine at home while watching an old movie. I just kick back with a wooden cutting board in my lap and pinch pot away. Then I take them to class and bique fire them and then start testing glazes. These are pictures of some of my test pinch pots. There are about five that I really like.
I made some bean stew today; I love it when the weather turns cool. Here is a picture of the beans after they'd soaked for about 5 hours. I think they're gorgeous and go quite well with my glazed pinch pots! I'd take a picture of the finished stew, but the colors aren't so vibrant anymore; it's pretty much brown. Mike isn't crazy about bean stew; he says it tastes like "armpit soup". That's too bad because I love it and tonight he's eating it. It's got my favorite seasoning in it - garam masala. I made my own batch and think it's the most wonderful stuff. It's made of coriander, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, nutmeg, ginger, pepper, cumin.