There is nothing like Summer in South Texas. The above heat index map was from yesterday at 11:30 AM. We live under the right side of the 0 in the number 103 F. (That’s 39.444 degrees C) The forecasted high could go to 110.
So what does one do to beat the heat around here? Let me tell you the beach and pools are way too hot.
How about a trip to the library?
Hmm. Boarded door and not accepting donations? I would say they are closed.
I know. A stroll through the Marie Science Educational Center.
Does the word, “temporarily” mean like in four or five minutes they will open? Probably not.
We could head over to the candy shop. Of course, it costs about 1000 calories an hour to stay cool there.
Now we are talking. How about painting a ceramic and having it fired? Let’s go inside.
The first thing you see is the pickup rack. This is where the clients pick up their ceramics after they have been fired. You can see some waiting for their owners.
This is Michelle Shook, the owner of Fire It Ceramics. She just moved into a new location after Hurricane Harvey severely damaged her previous shop. The fish she is getting ready to wrap was started by a client before the hurricane hit. It survived in the shop and is being picked up today.
This is a shot of the color rack. As you can see, there are about 280 choices to decorate your piece.
This wall chart gives the client an idea of what their finish will look like after it is fired. So what you do is select your color and then go to this display and check to see if what you have chosen will come out the way you hope. Michelle says, “You don’t have to know how to paint from an artistic sense to do ceramics. All you do is apply paint.”
Here are the workplaces. While we were there, a group was having a birthday. Their group was about ten, so two tables were put together.
Here are some of the ceramics on display. You choose your ceramic and then paint it.
Here are some more.
A supply table and some T-shirts waiting for design
More choices on what to paint.
Here is Michelle again with her large kiln. She had five kilns working at her previous location. She temporarily has two that survived the hurricane and more on order.
Of course, there is always some idiot willing to stick their head into a cut-out and pay considerable sums to get possession of the data file with the picture.