I've been trying out something new in the studio recently. Using a black underglaze pencil, I drew botanical illustrations on a few bisque fired pieces. These pencils are pretty neat. They work like a regular pencil, in that, if you make mistakes, you can use an eraser to rub them off. Careful not to smudge the drawings, I then paint three coats of clear glaze on top. I'll post some pictures soon to let you see how these turn out after they've been glaze fired.
Lastly, I'm gearing up to go to lake Tahoe (the north side) for a few days of outdoor activities. As you know, there was a huge forest fire on the south side of the lake. Nearly five square miles were consumed by the fire and at least 254 homes were destroyed. Thanks to our 450 hard working fire fighters, it is finally 100 percent contained as of July 2nd. Lake Tahoe is HUGE, to say the least. I don't expect to even smell the smoke on the north side.
Have a great 4th of July everyone! Be safe and have lots of fun!