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The Upper Midwest woke up this morning to a beautiful covering of snow. It’s a little late here in Minnesota for our first snow, but we’ve had some unseasonable warm weather in it’s stead and I’m all for that too. But a snowy, dark day is an excellent day to spend in the studio.

I started the morning by unloading a glaze load from the kiln. This load included several bowls, wine bottle coasters, butter keepers and a couple mugs for a custom order. Since I’ll be spending a week in Rome with my kids, I’m trying to get some things done for my sale (The Goldsmith Reunion Fine Art Festival in Mankato) in December.

Also on the agenda for today is throwing more wine bottle coasters, mugs and miscellaneous pieces, mixing a small batch of Nuka and Amber Celadon, and mixing up the clay for wadding for a yet unscheduled woodfiring. Closer to the firing, I’ll mix in the organic matter, but for now I’ll just mix up the clays so that part will be ready. That’s just one more thing checked off my list of things to do before firing. The pots are made, my old glazes have been checked and tested, new glazes made, wadding for shelves and pots will get done today – one step at a time.

Have a great weekend.