February 7 2020
Just got back form New Orleans. Saw some really good art but missed Degas' house. Am firing to cone 8 and mixed a bunch of cone 5 clay today. Also finished (?) a larger painting and did an 8 X 10. I am really sweating the March show at the winery. I think going back to cone 5 makes sense since only one glaze is really good at cone 8. The iron red is a really good and reliable glaze though. At cone 5 slip decorating looks better and lighter colored glazes would be better. Also it costs less to fire at cone 5 and the clay contains more Othello clay which tightens it up and adds color. We'll see.