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I hadn't heard of Herend porcelain, but I looked it up and they are lovely. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herend_Porcelain_Manufactory The manufactury is old, too. 1826. That puts it into Historical Romance country, so someone with a Hungarian hero -- maybe somebody involved in the 1848 revoltuion in Hungary -- could ref this china.
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The Delft designs are so vigorous and enthusiastic. They've had a huge influence. Way back in my student days I had a set of earthenware china -- I think it might have been Dansk -- with a modern interpretation of old Delft patterns. I still remember it kindly. Partly for the design. Partly for the nostalgia of student days. Funny how memory of objects takes us back to the past.
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Cool and cool. Kaolin clay is not uncommon ... but it's also not just yer ordinary clay that you gaze at in despair when you're trying to establish a garden. There's more of it formed in areas that were warm and tropical in earlier geological ages. In the ground, kaolin is white. It must have just beckoned to early potters. In the US, it's mostly commercial in Georgia, between Augusta and Macon, in a region of thirteen counties where it's called "white gold." I have somehow missed reading that particular Nancy Drew book ...
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Oh lord. That latter is one you're perfectly free to drop on the tile floor. I like to think of my work as bold and rustic. My pottery sensei says stuff like, "That's interesting." Currently, I'm incising beaker-people-like designs (2900-1800 BCE) on the ware. I'm going to be giving away a mug when I finally finish revisions of Gideon and the Den of Thieves story and send out my notify mailing again. Poor things, but mine own.
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Corelle is so useful and pretty. The world is a better place for it. I'm lucky in that I haven't been involved in the whole china breaking thing so much. I know the time is coming. Even now I am careful to keep a firm hold on what I'm carrying. At some point I'll have to choose between just cleaning up after many dropped and broken plates ... or going the corelle route.
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I'm so sorry about the wrists. Pot throwing is physically strenuous and I always end a session just worn out. With me, it's the shoulders that are going to give way eventually. And -- yes -- the hands and wrists. I';; be sorry to give it up when the times comes. I could never do pinch pots. I just lack the patience and fine motor control. I've never taught from-scratch pot making, but my older sister taught me, yeah these many years ago. Good on you that you passed the skill along.
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I use earthenware for a lot of things. Cups, for instance. My cups are pretty much divided between lovely thin old porcelain and clunky handmade cups that are a good deal more ... hmmm .... robust. I enjoy both. I use what suits my mood.
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One big change in my approach to china ... Lots of the loveliest old porcelain has gold trim. The microwave does not like metal. In a choice between the two, the microwave wins.
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I'm going to agree with that. More on the pasta question here: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/marco-polo-pasta.htm
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That's why we don't have more old china hanging about. It does get battered up. That's art of the beauty of it, I guess. We know it's fragile. When I wash my pottery teapot you should see me holding the spout and the handle protectively so I don't chip them against the sides of the sink.
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I seem to have done porcelain and glassware much more than I'd realized. I even put my beloved Betty Brown teapot in a scene, though it's anachronistic, since I doubt they go bck before Victorian. I just say something like "ordinary brown teapot" because there were sure to be ordinary brown teapots and nobody knows it's my own teapot.
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There's some good china patterns that strike me as "blah". I see them sometimes on BBC. When they're serving tea at the Vicarage there just isn't any Splash to the pattern. My guess is BBC pulls in the same props over and over again and they don't want something that would be remembered.
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I have a couple of those millefiori paperweights. Fascinating. I, too, have a weakness for boxes, though mine are wooden. Something about the whole concept of boxes.
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I have some lovely glass paperweights. Not good enough to be collectable. Just sun catchers. I do enjoy them.
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I think everybody who can make fine white bread eventually makes some kinda noodle as well. So we all invented long skinny noodles at some point or another. But popular history credits Marco Polo for bringing the idea back to Italy. Who shall argue with popular history?
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I'm trying to think if I possess much porcelain. I have a dinner service my mother used. Royal Doulton with flowers on it. I haven't managed to pawn it off on anyone so it sits in a box and maybe some idiot thief will make off with it someday. But I have two or three pieces of BUNNYKINS and they are dear to my heart.
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What exactly is porcelain? Porcelain is made from kaolin clay, fired at very high temperatures -- between 1,200° and 1,400°(2200° and 2600°F.) The clay is capable of detailed modeling and thin form. The finished pottery is hard, white, glossy and translucent. See that picture way up top with the sun shining through a plate? That's what porcelain does and no other pottery material can manage. It's surprisingly durable. It takes color well. It's really lovely. Continue reading
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What is it they say? Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.
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They are fast. I see deer and turkeys and this year's crop of rabbits. Not a one of them as fast as the fox.
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Traditional little kids songs are the most bloodthirsty things. "Here comes a light to light you to bed. Here comes a hatchet to chop off your head." I mean -- who teaches innocent little kids to sing stuff like that?
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Grey foxes are less impressive. Red foxes, though, are just utterly cool. Why are they red, I wonder. You'd think they'd want more camouflage.
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My cat and my dog are both interested in me and what I want. The difference is the dog tries to do what I want and the cat looks at what I want and then thinks about it.
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We need predators in the ecosystem. They're right and natural ... which our houses and yards and pets aren't, really. I kinda like seeing them around. I might feel very differently if the coyotes were snacking off my dog and cat, or even knocking over the garbage cans. We have bear right around me. I go for a live and let live policy, but I've stopped taking the dog for walks after dark.
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My sister, in California, has an eight-foot block wall around her back garden. She doesn't trust it to keep the coyotes out. Those who put their trust in eight-foot walls are often disappointed. I dunnoh about coyotes moving out into the desert. They seem to adapt well to the suburbs
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I don't know whether we're getting more coyotes or maybe coyotes are now getting national publicity and have become celebrities. I don't mind coyotes much because they haven't eaten my cat yet. If they do that, I will change my opinion of them drastically. My own thought -- this is not popular in my home town -- is that we need wolves.
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