Sunday, October 19
Well this is the coldest it has been so far in the morning in the house. We still haven't turned the heat on yet. Not bad for October 19th in New England. I have gotten to the point where I have just accepted the cold. I just wear more clothes and that's that. My fingers and nose are usually pretty chilly to the touch, but I found these great gauntlets at a fair the other day, and they are great for wearing around the house and out. I only wish I could work in them in the studio. Ooh, that gives me an idea. What if I were to make some of these out of Neoprene? I might be onto something. I am now beginning to wonder whether we might be able to make it until the end of November without turning the heat on. As long as the inside of the house stays above 50-55 it will be tolerable with a few layers on and could conceivable save us hundreds of dollars in fuel this year. I'm so glad that we pre-bought fuel when it was like 3.50 a gallon, now that the price is plummeting and we could get it cheaper now. Oh well. It's always a risk. I think it's suspicious that the price is dropping so dramatically right before the election, but hey, I would make a good conspiracy theorist. So I am also wondering what the temperature is that is truly fuel economical to keep the thermostat on. I usually keep in arount 70 during the winter except at night when I turn it down to 55 or 60. What is that magic number where you will see a significant change in how much the furnace needs to run? There has to be an equlibrium somewhere. I'm thinking somewhere in the 50's. If anyone is a scientist out there let me know.
Here are a few of the things I like from the firing. I really like these three glaze designs, but they only really work on simple forms, and forms where you can see the inside and outside of the pot at the same time. I don't know, a lot to think about.