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Why Soda Firing

The pots in a soda kiln usually don’t have much glaze on the outsides of them, they are glazed by the introduction on soda ash, which volatiles when it hits the flame and creates a glaze. The flame then carries the soda ash through the kiln and the pots become glazed wherever the flame and soda kiss the pots.

Here you see me spraying the soda ash which is mixed with boiling water, into the kiln at about 2200 degrees.

 The results can be greatly varied with this type of firing. For me, that's a big part of the fun of it. You never know with 100% certainty, what you will get from the kilns.

This pot shows where the glaze hit the surface and really added a nice difference in appearance. The green you see is a spearmint glaze that I used inside the pot and along the rim. The soda mixed with that glaze and made it very dark, almost black in some spots and almost white in others. You can also see where it kissed the shoulder of the vessel and the handles. The orange color is from a flas…

Meatless Monday - Oregano Blossom Mojito

Some Mondays just require this type of thing.

We have oregano growing in our garden so when I harvested some to put in our dinner one night I brought in a few blossoms.  For some reason we decided to taste them.  I don't recommend just tasting random plants, some can be deadly but we were willing to risk it.  They were very spicy, imagine that.  Hot and delicious.  This inspired me to grab a couple glasses (I know, I should have used a pottery cup, what was I thinking) and muddle some oregano blossoms in the glass.  Then I made a mojito.

Oregano Blossom Mojito by Future Relics Gallery
Oregano Blossom Mojito

Oregano is a really pretty plant in your garden, it has tall stalks that dance in the wind.  We have it as a landscape plant in a sunny spot and it's just happy as can be.  Of course it also is nice to walk outside and cut the herbs I need for a recipe as soon as I need them.  If you have a little sunny spot in your garden you should try some.  Go ahead, make a cocktail with the flowers.


A few blossoms from an Oregano stalk
1 1/2 tbs sugar (more or less to taste)
1 1/2 ounces amber rum
1/2 cup sparkling water or club soda
1 lime, cut into wedges


Muddle the oregano blossoms in the glass, squeeze 1 - 2 wedges of lime and the sugar onto the blossoms and stir to dissolve the sugar.  Add the shot of rum then fill the glass with ice and top with sparkling water.  Garnish with more lime and blossoms if desired.

Makes one cocktail.  Please drink responsibly.

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  1. need my address for delivery......?


    1. LOL. Actually, I think I've been to your house during a garden tour many years ago.

  2. I've never used the blossoms of oregano but often admired it growing in my herb garden in California, soon I'll have one here I hope.


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