This week has been less productive in terms of producing new work. Some family has been in town from Pennsylvania which has forced a little break from the studio. I currently have eight extrusions that are very slowly drying on my studio shelves. Two of the eight are on the closer side of being dry, so I have started putting some underglaze color on them. For those of you who are unfamiliar with ceramic processes, underglazes are basically colored liquid clay. They come in many different colors and for the most part, they can be mixed to create other colors. I like to put a layer of color on the works before I put them through the first kiln firing cycle. After the first firing cycle the underglaze is adhered to the clay. This allows me to add more color on top and wipe away without disturbing the initial layer of color. This is a good approach for building up surface design on the works.