• Pat Fleming

August 17, 2020

I might have fired my last cone 8 pots ever. It was one of those times when you are just sitting there not concentrating on the problem and it walks up and says "here I am." I increased the borate in the dirt glaze to cone 5, my clay's favorite temp, to 30% and the results are so much the same as cone 8 to negate the need to mix a special cone 8 clay. Good Lord! Why didn't think of that in the 70s when all this started. Some more testing will be required. I threw some special mugs for an old student and a lidded pot for Shepat's koi food. Tomorrow I will go to one of our venues and change my paintings. I went there today and inventoried. Members of our group have started changing out own work in the same places on an individual time due to covid19. This afternoon I sort if finished the shed shelf where I will be storing my Lincoln 60 clay. I will finish after a break. My wife and I have developed a tradition of stopping at 2:30 and drinking wine and having snacks. I will finish the shelf after that today and then pull handles and add names to the special mugs. Life is good.


Recent Posts

See All


Well this is troublesome. The Othello clay has 17% shrinkage and almost 3 % water absorption. I might add some Si and some sand to try to lesson the shrinkage. I have test chips ready to test when


Delivered soup bowls to Carol's today. I will start new ones tomorrow with "Thank You" on then for charities in Prosser. Also finished and started a new painting today. I should post the still life


Happy Thanksgiving Day. It has become obvious that the native clay needs to be screened through the 80 mesh. I might have to add sand at that. That's ironic. It seems to be Ok and Seattle Pottery

(509) 627-8980

©2019 by Patrick Fleming Art. Proudly created with