Copper and Cobalt Raku

Here is proof of more good results with the copper and cobalt glaze I talked about a few posts ago. I’m not going to go so far as to call it bullet proof but it’s being fairly consistent in terms of colors and results while still offering surprises. Not sure you can ask more from a good raku glaze. I’m going to work on some more complex designs since I’ve run out of test pots and I have some ideas now. Plus it’s fall which makes for good firing weather especially at night. And speaking of projects, I set a

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Book Review: The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman

If anything intimidated me about yoga before I began a regular practice, it was the Sanskrit. The language is beautiful to hear but if you look at it written out and romanized, it looks like huge lengths of unpronounceable words. But with any yoga practice, even a superficial one that only focuses on the asanas, one is going to run into Sanskrit. Now you can fake it pretty easily. Jump on Youtube and listen to a few yoga lessons and you’ll hear the terms bandied about and you’ll hear multiple versions of the same word. Pick one you like and

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Knocking on the Sky – Finale

This is day four of the no-coffee experiment and the worst is pretty much behind me. It takes three days for just about anything to get out of your system. For instance, if you can get to day four without a cigarette, anything left is psychological. It appears that the same goes for caffeine. I’ve also noticed that anxiety levels are down. Little things that normally bother me happened a lot today but for some reason I just shrugged and got on with it. This will be something to pay attention to as this moves along. If I can count

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Knocking on the Sky Part 2

Addiction sucks. I’m not sure this particular experience qualifies since I’ve had a much harder time giving up things like sugar and nicotine but it’s still a serious challenge to wade through the symptoms of withdrawal knowing that relief is a simple cup of coffee away. Today the lethargy let up significantly only to be replaced by deep seated headaches. A little bit of ibuprofen solved that so it really hasn’t been that bad. Perception has slowed and mentally I’m not as sharp but I think that will come back in time. Still breathing and, in a fortunate twist of

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Knocking on the Sky

So I gave up coffee this week as part of a little experiment. The meditations have become deeper and more meaningful as an extension of the yoga practice but I’ve detected obstacles. I can sit and find a little cave in my mind and rest there for a moment or two, observing thoughts as they pass by the entrance the cave, trying not to judge. Just watching for as long as I can until I get lost in the stream again. It gets easier with practice and the time in the cave gets longer and longer and sometimes the thoughts

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Project Update: Raku and Melomels

On Sunday, I discovered that I had an almost full tank of propane and that completely derailed my carefully constructed list of chores since I knew I had bisque sitting on a shelf just waiting for a new glaze recipe. So some chores were ditched and some hurried through so I could get have enough daylight to at least get started. I don’t mind finishing in the dark. It makes it easier to see into the kiln.   So I whipped out one of my favorite sources for alternative firing methods (Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques) and worried over the recipes

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