What's wrong with this picture?
That birthday cake is on one of my dinner plates instead of the pottery cake plate that I normally use. That plate cracked last time I used it, so it was time to toss it out. Because I know you are wondering, it was a pecan praline buttermilk pound cake and it was delicious even though I used twice as much butter as the recipe called for. Oops!
So it is time that I made some more cake plates.
I am hopeful that these will work out. I struggle with getting the size right. They need to be mostly flat with just a little bit of lift on the outer edge (to catch stray icing). I put some rings on them to help center the cake (I'm thoughtful that way). They have to fit inside a cake carrier, so they have to be big enough for a 9 or 10 inch cake but small enough that the lid will fit on the carrier.
In other random things, I wore out my favorite sponge recently.
The one on the bottom I've been using for years and it has gotten really ratty. You guys know how sentimental I am about some of the pottery stuff, so you won't be too surprised when I tell you that I am sad about my sponge and can't quite throw it out yet. Allen gave me that sponge. I think they must have thrown it in on one of his orders at Carolina Clay Connection and he didn't like it. I happened to be in the studio that day, so he gave it to me. I've used it ever since.
I want to share a not so good thing that happened in the last glaze fire.
The glaze on these mugs ran and stuck to the shelf. I HATE it when that happens. I should have checked the glaze, because the green was WAY too thick. I made a great big mess. I was in a hurry and didn't take the time to do it right. You would think I would learn! Notice the white on the bottom. That is the kiln wash that I put on the shelves. It served its purpose. The kiln wash protects the shelf by keeping the piece from sticking when there are glaze accidents like this one.
This is how you fix that kind of mess.
You have to grind the extra glaze off the bottom. I'll also have a little shelf repair to do, but that's a chore for another day.