Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I believe in the US "oatmeal" is sometimes used in place of the word "porridge". At least, when watching films or TV I've heard parents tell children to eat their oatmeal and seen a bowl of something looking porridgy. Anyway, this is definitely a bowl of porridge (with demarara sugar and double cream, since you ask) but it is in a cereal bowl with the glaze/design name of "oatmeal star". You can just see two tips of a greenish star poking up above the cream, but you can certainly see the overall colour of the pot so if I'm right about the US terminology you could say this is an oatmeal bowl of oatmeal.
As with all of my glazes, this one varies according to exact temperature, which usually means the position in the kiln as well as the temperature I have fired to. This oatmeal star design had been for many years sold only in The Made In Stroud Shop but in the last couple of years has begun to see the wider world and this particular bowl is the first one owned by me.
I rarely keep what I consider to be the nicest pots for myself. I rarely add a new design to my own kitchen collection either. This is mainly because of storage space in the kitchen and the fact that my pots are quite robust and don't tend to break unless treated badly. The cereal/soup bowl stacks have a little more room available so when this one came out of the kiln I decided it must be mine.
What I liked was the particular range of colours. The reduction was really good, in other words there were more than the usual scattering of speckles in the colour, the background colour itself is a soft, well, oatmeal colour, but with slight tinges of light blue where it had caught some extra heat. Yum. And so was the porridge.