I did not realize that once I delved into the realm of VITRIFICATION (in terms of clay) that I would first encounter the wonderful beautiful magnificent being known as the Tardigrade.. because they have Biological Vitrification!
Imagine that… what does THAT mean? 😀
On a side note I think the Tardigrade is kinda odd-cute, with so much for humanity to learn more about it. And the name reminds me of Dr. Who’s Tardis .. interesting pairing, don’t cha think? But I digress LOL
In this post I’m referencing Vitrification regarding Clay. And I found some new insightful information that expands the knowledge base – from Facebook of all places! A great launching pad for sure.
Here is the one tiny tidbit of knowledge to expand or support your understanding Clay Vitrification:
A. Miller (posted in the Pottery Heads Facebook Group, Aug. 28, 2020) “Check your clay manufacturers website for Absorption Rate. The lower the better. Greater than 3 is problematic for anything you want to hold liquid (vase, mug).You can also test for it by weighing your ware dry and weighing it after being submerged.”
Excellent info A. Miller, thanks!
“Tardigrade innards are highlighted in this stunning fluorescence image that was a regional winner of the 2019 Olympus Image of the Year Award. The green is the natural fluorescence of their tough chitin cuticle, which also takes up the blue stain.
Mr. Huet stated, “…But, after the (Raku) firing of 980 Celsius, I put them right away in a sawdust barrel and leave it for at least one hour. After that I take them out and wait until the right color appears, and fixate it by a plant sprayer with water. If there is not beautiful color to be seen I give a little help with a gas torch!”
Thank you Mr. Huet for permitting me to share.
Given my love for Wood Fired Pottery, learning all that entrails, combined with a soft request for urns… I stumbled on a potter online who uses this glaze on his cremation urn:
Its been 6 months 13 days since October 25, 2020, since my soulmate officially passed.
Its been 6 months 25 days since October 13, 2020 since soulmate technically passed.
Between October 13 and October 25 I saw “Bye” on three license plates.
Bye Bye Bye
This grieving process I am not running away from. I want my heart to heal and for that I need to feel.
The truth is I know my soulmate continues because I’ve seen it so.
So one of my goals is to cleanse my spirit of excess emotions (wash, rinse, repeat) by experiencing the grieving process as truly as I can.
At some point I know I will be able to pause and realize I’ve met the goal. I’ll realize I am authentically me and I’m experiencing my authentic self with feelings that are not excessive, and are only mine.
That is the gift. That is my act of honoring what was, what is, and what is to be.
I’ve had several past lifetimes where I didn’t process grief in a healthy manner. In these lifetimes I ignored the feelings and stuffed them out of sight in order to continue raising a family or because the pain is painful. So I thank our Heavenly Father, our Creator, for another chance for this soul to accomplish this little feat in this lifetime. And boy oh boy, what a gift, a priceless gift of multi-dimensional love that was offered and provided to me by my soulmate. Thank You! Huzzah!
I want my #heart to heal and for that I need to #feel. I’ve had several past lifetimes where I didn’t process #grief in a #healthy manner. This is my chance to do it!
The past two years have had my attention on family medical concerns. A few months ago I had to say good-bye to my soul partner, after 29 years. I know getting back on the Potter’s Wheel is an important step, both as an honour to creation and an honour to love, which is eternal.
So with that, I am working to carry on, to create, to express, to live. I signed up for another semester with Clayscapes Pottery in Syracuse. I hope to maintain the ‘no expectation’ level, as this experience will be cherished as much as possible.
I chose Clayscapes Pottery because the people there are consistently welcoming, and friendly. I encourage anyone in need of a creative outlet, or tools and equipment for creation of pottery, to check out their website.
What were your ancestors doing in the years 1127 a.d. thru 1279 a.d. (152 years)?
A sunken chinese merchant ship was found in 1987, the first ancient ship found along the Maritime Silk Road. Among the contents were 60,000 to 80,000 precious cargo, especially ceramics (The Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Museum)!
Each piece made by hand.
Marveling at the number of hours invested to create each piece.
Imagining the life of one day of one chinese potter.