Originally uploaded by la_v_i_k_a
After two weeks which included eight 12-hour days with middle school students of all sorts, poetry? Yes, poetry.
I do many production firings. Periodically, I invest in experimental firings, usually of at least 100 buttons, in new designs. In the case of glaze combinations, that means numbering the buttons on the reverse and then recording the glaze process and any other pertinent info (such as where they were fired in the kiln). Afterward, it's very educational to match up the recorded process with the finished results!
In this case, it was a very successful load...many successes from which many new buttons and pendants will spring.
more examples can be found: http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_vika/