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soneware &pit fired & winter

updated fri 28 feb 97


Peggy Heer on fri 28 feb 97

>Hi All...There has been some discussion on terra cotta clay being used
>outside. I would just like to add the following.
>I have had a high fired grogged stoneware (^10 reduction) mural hanging on
>my back yard fence for 19 1/2 yrs. I did it when I was expecting my last
>child and could no longer reach my wheel. ;>}}} The mural is approx. 4
>ft. long and 3 ft. wide, nailed to a piece of cedar board and then to the
>fence. This sucker has never cracked, broke, chipped etc in all the yrs.
>it has been hanging there in our cold Northern Canadian winters.
>I have also placed the pit fired pots that just did not make it for me in
>the garden, under the shrubs, along the fence boards and they have also
>survived the weather here for the past 7 yrs. The ones sitting out IN the
>cold weather are just fine and give the yard a nice feel. The bright red,
>orange, as well as black and whites are especially nice next to the snow.
>We feed the winter birds and store the seed in some of them so it's nice
>to see....the cold birds sitting on the rims of the work and having
>lunch.... they have never broken or chipped a piece yet. ;>}}}
>I thought that the pit fired work would just disintegrate in the cold and
>especially in the spring, as they and the snow thaws around them. Nope!
>The new folks, who bought our house, are going to get a surprise in the
>spring when all these pots start to 'bloom'. ;>}}}.
>Back to my is a real dusty packing job.....boxes are
>heavy.... but keeping in mind the great advice I got from Dannon..."pack
>like you were shipping to China and had to pay for the shipping." Best
>advice...and working. ;>}}}}
>As Always in Clay and now dust, long hidden dirt, and heavy cleaning as I
>pack. Peggy

Peggy Heer / Heer Pottery E-Mail
Edmonton AB, Canada