It's been a slow week in my etsy shop, but a busy one in the studio. I threw several mugs of different ilks: Hebrew, birding, and a La Taza mug for a local coffee shop that sells them. I threw a tile to fire a large commission plate on (so it doesn't drag on the kiln shelf as it shrinks in firing). And I finished underglazing two baby name plates using my friend David's drawings.
One of the name plates bears the name "Yossi". Nobody I know, but certainly a very popular name among Israelis and, hopefully, some Americans. But it's simply a prototype showing a sample of my work for future custom orders.
The other plate sits under plastic waiting for us to discover the name of our friends' new baby daughter. Jewish superstitious custom is not to reveal the name of a new baby until he or she has been officially "named" in temple. We're assuming she was named this weekend; so I'm hoping to get her name on this plate, which will be our baby gift, this week.
I also got my finished Panoramic Crane mug out of the final glaze firing. It's my donation to San Antonio's Empty Bowls fundraiser silent auction. I think it's gorgeous!
We'll see if the people attending think the same.