As you can see, I had a mishap with the red iron oxide. I was measuring out the last gram of the ingredient when I turned and my elbow smacked into my container of red iron oxide. Most of it was saved, but a huge pile sat in my lap. I sat there for a good couple of minutes in a stunned silence thinking to myself, “how can I undo this? I can’t believe this just happened! Undo, Undo!” Andrew was sitting in the studio with me playing guitar and keeping me company and when this happened all music stopped. I think he was afraid to make a sound as well. He was just as stunned as I was. I will say I am sure glad it was the red iron oxide that spilled rather than, say, the cobalt carbonate – which runs at $51 a pound rather than the $2.50 a pound that the red iron oxide is. Phew! Either way, I was not happy and worried my jeans would stain. I carefully scooped up as much as I could to put back in the container and then slipped out of my jeans as Andrew ran to get me a new pair of pants. It was already laundry day, so I took my jeans and hosed them out in the driveway and then threw them in the wash with my fingers crossed! Good news, they washed out beautifully!
Once I cleaned up, I finished the last of my mixing so that all of my glazes would be ready for my first test glaze firing.