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A wet and wonky welcome to you! Your host, your ol' fuzzy pal Marko, is slogging about in the rain this week. Just a couple of photos to share; too much work waiting to get done. And perhaps a bit of sleep later?

As always, Coffee Hour is an open thread diary offered to the good folk of the Street Prophets group to romp in. Any other wanderers who followed the scent of cookies to the door are always welcome to come in and partake. When residents of Prophecy Street put an "Open" sign in the window it means the place is open -- we're kinda funny like that ...  

Hop below the ginger hairball for a peek at some of the work I've done on my kiln and what the rickety kick-wheel is spinning. Then hop over that and give fuzzy-headed Marko something to read with his morning coffee won't you?

I'm enjoying a working vacation. I've been busy getting ready for a kiln firing in August. You can read about my wood-fire kiln project and the first firing at these links:
What Are You Working On? (WAYWO)
WAYWO (What Are You Working On)? Fire it up!


And there's a view of the back end of the kiln. I've reinforced the base of the chimney with brick and mortar (and a massive iron pry-bar). I've begun to insulate a further section of the chimney with my clay and chaff mixture wistfully reinforced with a bit of old chickenwire. But the big project for this week has been (other than cleaning and painting the main room of the chalupa (that's an old Czech farm house)) putting a roof over the whole kiln. I set four posts in concrete and built a rough metal frame. I'm covering that with sheet metal, some thin wood and probably that'll be topped with tar paper.

And here's a look at a couple of fresh pots I threw on Thursday. I surprised myself a bit with these because I usually ruin the first pot I throw on any given day but yesterday it was the third pot that fell apart. I was already pretty tired I guess.

Been a busy week. Lots of work in the garden, with all the rain I fear the slugs are winning. I'll get out some beer traps and spread some ashes in the hope of resisting the tide of slime-beasts. Lots of socializing this week with visits to friends in the area and one visit from some friends this afternoon. With our big cleaning and painting project came a few discoveries-- like a couple packets of sparklers (just in time for Independence Day!) that had lain atop a cabinet for 15 years! And wonder of wonders, they still work ...

Hope you all had a lovely Fourth and hoping you'll have a great weekend!

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  •  Cookie Jar (12+ / 0-)

    I hope I'll have enough time to trim those pots tomorrow. I'll spend most of my morning cooking pie and meatloaf. And I just have to finish that roof! Tomorrow afternoon we're off to visit my mother-in-law's cousin and her own Czech-American family for a bit of belated Fourth of July celebrating.

    Busy, busy, busy ...

    I'll be back later!

    Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

    by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 12:31:12 PM PDT

  •  Checking in. (8+ / 0-)

    I'm attempting to hibernate down in the basement (okay, so that's what I do on most days). Today's focus is an attempt at putting together a section on sacrifice and offerings for my revised book on religion. I've got some new stuff from the Staffordshire Hoard and Sutton Hoo that can be worked in here.

    Weather: I think its probably be in the 80s outside (here in the basement it is always in the low 60s).

    Food: had hotdogs from the EPIC Glacier Park thingy for lunch. Had them wrapped in a quesadia this type since we are out of buns.

  •  Happy Fifth of July! (7+ / 0-)

    You're one cool gato in that hot chapeau !

    "Have you come here for forgiveness? Have you come to raise the dead? Have you come here to play Jesus, to the lepers in your head?" ~ U2 "One"

    by WereBear Walker on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 01:33:33 PM PDT

    •  Cool and wet (0+ / 0-)

      trying to put up a roof in the rain-- a bit muddy too.

      Just a bit.

      And a happy Sixth to you, m'dear Werebear!

      I'm looking forward to picking on that extended family today. That other American in this Czech family is an interesting character-- he's helped organize marathons in Antarctica! A friend of ours teased my Favorite Female yesterday saying, "what's with your family? Czech men aren't good enough for you?"

      She's fairly recently divorced so it was said with extra layers of good humor.

      Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:57:13 PM PDT

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  •  Is this for Raku firing? (6+ / 0-)

    My x-wife did all kinds of pottery. She used a wheel, but also made a lot of stuff by hand.

    This is her rabbit planter featuring a little watering dish on top. There's a hole in the side of the dish so that the water flows into the planter. There's even a secret drawer for a house key.

    Here's her clown that she fashioned by hand.

    She had an electric kiln, but she also did some Raku firing on the beach a couple of times.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 01:34:16 PM PDT

    •  No, not for raku. (1+ / 0-)
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      Raku requires getting at the pots while they're still glowing hot and the glazes are liquid. My kiln doesn't have a door for easy access. The firing chamber is an arched space nearly three feet high and after I fill it with pots, sculptures and all the necessary shelving I'll build a temporary wall of fire brick and clay to seal off the chamber.

      A friend has promised to look for a door for me.

      I have taken part in raku firings before. They are great fun. I had an instructor once who had made a sort of box/lid out of ceramic fibre insulation and chickenwire that she'd put up on a low base of firebrick and a couple of old, broken kiln shelves. We'd set our pots on the shelves, cover them with the box, and poke the nozzle of a propane burner between the firebricks at the bottom. She had cleverly included a peep/exhaust hole at the top of the box and a wire handle that was easily hooked so we could lift off the box when the glazes were shiny wet. Then we'd grab our pots with tongs and wave them about in the air for a bit before plunging them into a trash can of-- hmm, been so long I can't remember what we used for smoke, leaves? straw?sawdust? Anyway, we'd let them smoulder for a couple of minutes before dunking them in water to finish the cooling quickly.

      Great fun for the inner pyromaniac.

      Eventually I hope to supplement my wood-fire kiln with a set-up for raku. I've got a small propane/butane tank but I'd really need to make myself some tongs and I'd like to find that ceramic wool insulation-- I've just got a few scraps.

      Thanks for sharing those photos of your x's work. Lovely pieces. I had some creative students come up with some amazing planters with clever watering methods but nobody ever thought to include a secret drawer in their planter. Wonderful! Only rarely do I manage to sculpt something that embraces the natural, lumpy, squishy qualities of the clay. My tendency is to overwork things.

      Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:15:05 PM PDT

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  •  Long, Long Story (5+ / 0-)

    but I used to have a kiln in my house. Again, long story but I was a military brat that often lived off base. I often lived in homes not my own. Rented. In one place we had a kiln in the place. Mom, and she rocks, learned to make pottery in the darn thing. Not as nice as yours, but she tried!

    •  I've got some roaming military folk (0+ / 0-)

      in my family. A crazy way to live but their kids are seeing the world. Last four assignments: Germany, Italy, Japan, California.

      I've never lived in a house with a kiln! Color me jealous. My wood-fire experiment is the first kiln I've owned. I have taught ceramics in places where I had the luxury of being the sole user of the kiln though.

      Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:29:59 PM PDT

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  •  Belatedly: (8+ / 0-)

    My fabulous Marko the Werelynx tote bag earns its keep at NN13 by toting my quilt and that of slksfca to the big Quilt Flash Mob. Many thanks! It's a nice big sturdy bag with a zipper top, and I was glad to have it with me. I endorse it whole-heartedly!

    tote bag full of quilts

    •  Say, that does look great on green! (1+ / 0-)
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      If I do say so myself. Thanks for showing that off for me! I'll be linking to your comment shamelessly.

      And many thanks for the link to the pic of the flash mob. Wish I could have been there to waggle my gorgeous, little Sara R quilt. One of these years, one of these years ...

      Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:37:12 PM PDT

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      •  I have heard (1+ / 0-)
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        there is to be a similar sort of quilt gathering every year, so you certainly should attend some year. And there will be a whole diary, with more pictures and a video, when smileycreek has time to write it.

        I wish I'd known how relatively buried in the center I was -- absolutely not because anyone should see more of me, but because only a tiny bit of my quilt is displayed, relative to the others. From that middle seat, it was not at all obvious what the picture looked like. A giant mirror would've helped a lot.

        Link away! Just wait till my new t-shirts go through the wash (necessary for me with all new garments, because so much new fabric has some kind of sizing in it that I'm allergic to). I cannot decide which color I like better, but I just love that drawing!

        •  Thanks so much for (1+ / 0-)
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          your enthusiastic support!

          Can't be easy to find a place to display so many quilts.

          Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

          by Marko the Werelynx on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:25:03 AM PDT

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          •  I believe that the tireless navajo (1+ / 0-)
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            made a special trip to San Jose to scout it out. It was in an untraveled corner of the convention center, down some stairs, and it was perfect: large, quiet, and with a roomy pyramid of steps serving no obvious purpose other than for quilt recipients to pose.

            I can't imagine we'll be so lucky every time. I can imagine that there will end up being a standing committee whose job on Wednesday of NN is to go around scouting locations for the quilt shoot. This event really worked well, for a first effort, but there were glitches that will be ironed out over time. I swore I wasn't going to be schlepping my quilt all over the globe every year, but the handwriting on the wall says this will become a community tradition that I won't want to miss.

            •  I can be glad my quilt is so portable. (1+ / 0-)
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              Some of those were huge!

              Good thing I don't suffer from quilt envy.

              Y'know, we have to pre-wash garments for my Favorite Female too although hers isn't so much an allergy to some sizing agent problem but rather she's sensitive to a mold that's commonly found on clothing-- I guess mostly on stuff imported from Asia.

              Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

              by Marko the Werelynx on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 12:50:27 PM PDT

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  •  You misspelled "feathered Friday." (3+ / 0-)
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    Vinnie and Rachel 1 by *Windthin on deviantART

    Vinnie notices these things. He spends a lot of time on the Internet. Or at least perched on our monitor.


    Vinnie's Perch! 2 by *Windthin on deviantART

    My week's been crazy so far. We had a collective birthday celebration on Wednesday, which was nice but required me to drive an hour each way. My boss has the week off, so my schedule has changed, and I'm realizing why I'm having so much trouble keeping to my diet this week. I usually eat my main meal during the week around 12 midnight or 1 pm, two to three hours after I get off work...that would mean 4-5 p.m. this week. Not going to happen, but it does mean I get hungry at strange times.

    I did get the opportunity to review the fantastic song "They Call the Wind Maria" from Paint Your Wagon with my musical family on Wednesday, though. It's an odd piece that I think doesn't quite gel with the scene it's in, but I believe it was put in there just because the composers loved it. I sympathize. I've had things I loved I put into stories that didn't quite fit, either, but they had to be there because they were GREAT.

    Like VINNIE.


    Vinnie and Rachel 2 by *Windthin on deviantART

    Or Maui, who's actually being quite good company, as I think about trying to get more sleep or just some coffee so I can stay awake!


    Rachel and Maui 3 by *Windthin on deviantART

  •  Thank You - N/T (1+ / 0-)
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    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 05:21:02 PM PDT

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