This morning the plates have been set on the kiln cars and are ready for firing @darwenterracotta . Feeling apprehensive now as the glaze and bisque have been tested in a controlled electric test kiln and this massive industrial gas kiln is a different beast altogether! We have made adjustments for this and hopefully the combustibles and kiln size wont effect the glaze and underglaze too much!
Fingers crossed as this year long project to make 226 #commemorative plates one for each conflict since the end of World War One is now in the lap of the Kiln Gods!!! We will find out on Wednesday morning if it has been a success!!! Wish me luck !! #industrialceramics#ceramicplates#gaskiln#1418now#inservice#jamesbloomfield#salfordmuseumandartgallery#artscouncilengland#darwenterracotta
Whatever pub you might (or might not!) be frequenting tonight, I bet the landlord won't have anything as swanky as this massive pearlware jug made for a former publican by a grateful maltster. Joseph Tomlinson ran a pub in Little Haywood (Staffordshire) in 1839. The chap depicted on the barge is believed to be John Yates, a corn merchant and maltster from nearby Colton, who would have regularly used the Trent and Mersey canal that ran past Tomlinson's inn. Corporate gifts aren't what they used to be!
Finally getting down to some focussed collecting. Managed to find many single stamps that I had been missing to complete my India 1947-83. Now only five years are incomplete. 1948 (the obvious big Gandhi will continue to be elusively expensive), 1951, 54, 56, and 73 are now the incomplete years. Strangely I am also missing many definitives because of lack of attention to them. Anyway, slow and steady... That's the beauty of this hobby.