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A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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All Strepped Out

Michael Kline

Where have I been? Where am I?

The infirmary, is where!

Luckily there's wifi and a Mac. I've been cooped up with strep throat. My advice, don't get it. Anti-biotics don't do a whole lot, there's only so much jello you can eat, throat coat tea isn't really up to the task, but here I am, somewhat coherent after a very groggy day and a half.

I wanted to wrap up the process of making the big jar that I actually finished the other day. Here are a few pictures of the process. One of the most important parts of this coil and throw technique is rolling out the big coil evenly and consistently the right thickness. And of course there aren't any pictures for you. I'll have to make a pinky promise that I'll record that for you when I work on my next one (hopefully Monday). Of course there's a few details that aren't recorded here, it's impossible to get everything in here. It's just a blog, after all!

I guess we could get the you-tube bunch over here and powder my nose for some HD instructional video. But we'll have to wait and see.

smoothing the coil onto the section below.

smoothing the inside connection

i should've stopped here!

but i didn't.

now it's on to the next one.


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For those keeping score at home. Currently 25" tall and I will add a collar/lip coil, some handles later today. The shape isn't my favorite, but after a few more of these I should be a little more sure with the "silhouette". It'll be a lot of fun to paint these!

I work up this morning full of achy joints and a very sore throat. Stacey woke me up to stop me from snoring (several times, apparently!) Snoring is something I never do, right? Snoring would explain the sore throat, if it weren't coupled with the achy body.

I'm going to finish this guy and I'll try to post some pics later. But if you don't hear from me, I could be napping...

Big Blue

Michael Kline

Drying the last of the big jars out on the picnic table under super blue skies. Whether I'll have room or time to bisque these is the question. I can always glaze these bone dry if i don't get them in the bisque. Loading bisque load number 8 today so I'm on track with my minimum 10 bisque per wood kiln! Probably will be 12 altogether. I also have about 60 pots that were left out of the last firing. Having a surplus is always good especially since I'll be firing again with Kyle in October!

The day has already been productive and it will be non-stop all week. Have a great Monday! Are you GTD?

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