DirtKicker Pottery Egg Cookers are a cute and convenient way to make breakfast. Total prep and cooking time is less than 5 minutes (4 minutes if you've already had a cup of coffee). Many people are surprised to learn that microwave scrambled eggs are awesome! They are fluffy and tasty.
My husband John will demo in the photos below how he makes a fantastic Scrambled Egg Breakfast Sandwich..
Spray a tiny bit of non-stick in the bowl -
Optional. It makes clean-up very easy.
1 large egg and 1 tbsp of milk
Mix it up. At this point you could add goodies like diced bell pepper or turkey bacon.
Place in microwave with lid on and set for 30 seconds. (no longer!)
After 30 seconds remove from microwave and give it a stir. Then place back in the microwave for 25 more seconds. Toward the end, the lid might lift a little and that's OK. (If the eggs are not fully cooked increase cooking time by 5 seconds)
After the egg is cooked, season with lemon pepper or what ever you like.
Serve on a toasted wheat English muffin. OR..
..add a pinch of shredded cheese, set the lid back on and the cheese will melt from the heat of the egg. Yumm!
It's been a couple of years since I said yes to a custom order. That custom request helped me make a decision.
The order was for 10 large (24 ounce) custom glaze mugs. When it came time for the customer to buy them, he declined because the mugs turned out to hold 2 ounces less than what he wanted. Even though I had previously disclosed that the capacity would be an approximate. He wanted me to start over and make more, but I was done with him and done with requests.
by DirtKicker Pottery
I won't say that all of my custom orders were a bad experience, but most were overly time consuming due to the back and forth planning and confirming that I understood the customers vision. Custom request orders were never a good fit with my work style, plus they stress me out really bad. When a special request comes in, I no longer hesitate, I just say "So sorry, I don't make custom requests, but I appreciate your interest in my pottery". It is a little difficult to say no, when the request comes from a return customer. I often feel guilty.
by DirtKicker Pottery
Once in a while I'll get a request for a special piece for someone who is very ill or someone who is going through an extremely difficult time. Often those requests will grab my heart and I will immediately come up with an idea of what I want to make. These customers had given me creative freedom which resulted in very heart felt pieces.
After 10 days of the rehydrating process, I removed the red clay bags from the buckets of water. The results were different for each bag.
I like this rehydration process, but there is a bit of trial and error involved. How much water you add really depends on how dry your clay is. Also, if it's really hard clay you may need to leave it submerged for a full 2 weeks or longer.
Hand-built Red Clay Mugs
by Cindy Gilliland
The Laguna Redstone Clay turned out very soft on the edges, but still firm in the center. It was wedgable and I used the entire 50 lbs in just a couple days. Redstone is a nice clay. It's great for throwing and handbuilding. Attachments are effortless, no babysitting required.
So, today I opened the 2 bags of Laguna Hawaiian Red Clay. What a flipping mess. One bag was way too soft and the other was very firm. I decided to combine the soft and the firm in layers and homogenize it by wire wedging and hand wedging.
This process just proved to me again why I wouldn't be making pottery if I didn't have a pug mill. My neck is screaming at me. Btw, I didn't use my pug mill because I didn't want to messy it up just to wedge 100 lbs of red clay.
Wire wedging soft and hard clay
I got lots of practice improving my spiral wedging skills. I'm still not a pro.
50 lbs of wedged Hawaiian Red Clay - Whew!
I know, I'm a wimp. But I'm a wimp with a bad neck. Next week I plan to use this clay to throw large bowls and pie dishes.
After this, I'm done with the red clay for a long while. It's beautiful, but it stains everything. It's a pain dealing with very red clay in a primarily white clay studio.