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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Aug 16 2014 07:32 AM

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Obvara After Pit Firing

08 May 2014 - 01:42 PM

Tomorrow Friday I will start the long expected Obvara-after-a-pit-fire. We discussed Obvara in a thread of Marcia's already, but now I will try to get a pit (and not a raku kiln) as hot as possible to be able to do Obvara. I started the witch's brew 2 days ago and, on the first day, I got a nice fermentation, 2nd day it was just a liquid mass, today I see fermentation again (lather), but the liquid was never warm (except when I started the brew with warm water).


Question: shouldn't a fermenting brew be at least luke warm? The fermentation is a chemical reaction isn't it? And that leads to warmth?!


I kept to the known recipe:

10 lt luke warm water

1 kg flour

2 packets of yeast (our packets here in Europe are 10 grams per packet - and yours in the State?)

1 tbl spoon of sugar (I took whitte sugar)


Any tips and tricks you can give about the pit fire getting hot enough for the Obvara firing are very welcome!


Thanks. Will keep you in the loop. Will go to bed now, it's almost 9 p.m. here. See you tomorrow.



Moderator's Approval?

21 November 2013 - 05:49 AM

I just wantet to write something (positive) about one of our member's gallery fotos of really beautiful pots. When I hit the add comment button, I got the "Your comment requires moderator approval before it will be shown". I don't like that. I know we already had that problem discussed on and on in the near past. Please Admin, stopp the moderator approval thing. It is generating a great deal of bad blood. Thank you and kind regards.



Soda Firing At La Meridiana/tuscany

26 August 2013 - 04:42 AM

Hi all


Pietro Maddalena has built a new Soda Kiln at La Meridiana/Tuscany and there's a workshop, including the baptism of the kiln (scheduled for Oct 4th), with Jayson Lawfer. Here are the links:






Best regards



Playful Search For Beauty

20 August 2013 - 03:44 AM

Maybe you already know this statement of Eva Zeisel, maybe not. I just discovered the video and I was blown away! So much to learn from a humble but Grand Lady of Ceramics.


The video is 18 minutes long but I recommend to take the time to listen to every minute she speaks. It's worth it! Imagine: she was 94 when she gave that statement on TED. She died at the age of 105, 2 years ago....


Although the translations and the title of the video are in German: don't leave the site. Eva speaks English throughout the talk. Enjoy.