thursday--going dark

Thursday, November 16, 2017

good morning! well--as I planned yesterday I "went dark" on the kitchen store open house. I didn't work on it or talk to Phyllis at all. I actually spent more time throwing clay than I ever have. not a great success overall, but I finished the day better than I started. went down about 10:30 and threw a nice bottle. then a bottle with a couple issues, but still okay. then 4 bottles in succession that failed. by this time it was after 1 pm so I came up and ate lunch. I was determined not to end the day on such a negative note, so I went back down, readied another group of clay and began again. this time I got 4 acceptable and wasted 2. the final bottle was the best one of all. so for an entire day's work I got 6 bottles (sigh). but while I don't know why exactly I was torqueing the clay, I did manage to slow down and be a little more considered in my movement and that helped. this morning I enrolled in an online course about glaze chemistry for artists. watched two of the presentations and already learned a number of things.
last night we trialed the cheese quesadilla and was it ever awful! the recipe involved browning the tortillas and then assembling and baking them. the tortilla turned to cardboard in the oven--just awful. so we tried doing them on the stovetop like you make grilled cheese. these were better--but they have a carmalized balsamic onion spread on them that rob and i both agreed was pretty awful. the sour cream with chili adobo and cilantro topper was good. so i will go and talk to Phyllis today. the other concern is that when these are hot, the cheese the recipe specified was VERY loose and when picked up it ran out of the cut pieces and the combination of the cheese and the onion spread was like napalm on the skin. not good. i know if you use Colby jack like we do for our "grilled cheese" it doesn't ooze out all over the place. and maybe we can come up with a different product--the onion is just gross.
time to head to the park with ralphie--have a great day! rob took the van so i get to drive the Subaru!
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  • EILEEN828
    You've been very busy. Good job with the bottles. Continued determination is all that is needed to produce more. Looking forward to results from your glazing class.
    578 days ago
  • JANET552
    Sounds like you are learning lots as you work the clay. I love Colby cheese. It is great in toasted cheese sandwiches. I live about 20 minutes from the town, Colby, where the cheese was invented.
    579 days ago
    As far as the bottles go, they do say practice makes perfect, and it sounds like that was what happened. Glad you got some park time in with Ralphie!

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    580 days ago
    Sounds like you're really making strides in your clay work! We use American cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches, but I love the idea of using Colby cheese! Yum!!
    580 days ago
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