Specimen of the typeface Georgia, Jim Hood, via Wikimedia Commons
BLOG: Good news! The Georgia font has been restored; the code is set on the main template! I am so happy about this I could jig! Next up is restoring slide shows. If you are looking at an article that has no graphics whatsoever, it is very likely it is missing the accompanying slide show. I will sort this problem out next. While I miss daily blogging very much (boo hoo), this break has given me the time I need to make crucial changes. Soon I will finish setting up adjunct sites that have yet to go viral, my Facebook page and Etsy site. My progress with my Etsy storefront continues. Right now, I’m at the postal package stage: figuring out rates for the different pieces I will be offering. Behind the scenes busy work, but important.
Northern Lights tile which came out of the kiln last week
STUDIO: Yesterday, I picked up finished tiles from the arts centre. Very pleased with the Northern Lights tiles. Each one is different and I no longer wonder how I am going to achieve the effect I want. Also, the black glaze is translucent enough to delineate trees and ground and the aurora looks real. Yippee! On another note, I wasn’t happy at all with the escutcheons. It would have been better had I not applied the results of my last glaze sample to the lot, as the glaze bled terribly. Back to the drawing board. Last night, I researched underglaze pencils, Choxils, and underglaze pens. I’ve used underglaze pencils before but it’s been years… That or underglaze watercolors… Amaco offers them, as does Duncan and Chrysanthos, Minnesota and Spectrum, a Canadian company. There are many other companies, too… I will also read Robin Hopper’s article entitled “Drawn to Surface: How to Make and Use Underglaze Pencils, Crayons, Pens, and Trailers.” I’ll talk with my Open Studio colleague, Nan, too, as she’s been using Amaco watercolor underglazes and is our Underglaze Queen. I believe the answer to my escutcheon tile ‘problem’ can be addressed with these specialty products and my goal is to find a ‘look’ I can replicate successfully. I originally wanted a watercolor brush stroke effect…. My budget is a factor, too, as I can’t order them all. Wouldn’t that be heavenly? Over the holidays the centre closes, so I want to lay the groundwork for projects before that time and have much to do this week. Does that sound familiar (smile)?
Sunrise in Ko Samui, Thailand.. Source: Lisa Tancsics/Wikimedia Commons
Welcome to Jane Street Clayworks‘ new address! I’m happy you are here and hope you will enjoy watching this blog grow, as you did with my former one. Plans are afoot… It will take me a while to get used to my GatorHost self-hosted site and there are many new tools I must become acquainted with before I am fully on board. So many new things! I wouldn’t be able to tell you how this all works, but it does and now I am on WordPress.org. This means I can use Google Analytics, too, which will be fun and informative. In addition, I will soon set up a Facebook and Twitter page. Jane Street Clayworks is almost a year old, which means many posts and buried information…good stuff. To make things easier to find, I will be expanding the blog categories, in addition to many other upgrades. Very soon, I will open an Etsy storefront which will feature my own work and, possibly, that of others. It’s all quite exciting! Tonight, all the connections from my old site will be redirected here. So, welcome to our new quarters! Slowly, you will see a change here or there. I do hope you enjoy it as much as I like doing it.