We're straight back in to it today. It feels like our feet haven't
touched the ground since we got back here from Scotland last week.
The workshop's filling up with freshly made pots and the kilns are
running flat out bisc firing. As well as trying to make stock for our
forthcoming shows, we're trying to catch up with a backlog of orders
that have been delayed because of the glaze issue and a poorly potter.
The glaze is sorted and I'm very happy to report that the poorly
potter is very much better now.
We'd been aiming to fire the wood kiln here this month, but we just
don't have the time. We have to dash back to Scotland soon, as we have a
wedding to plan and time is ticking down to the big day.
of firing here, we'll take the pots back with us and fire in Scotland.
Some of the pots we're making now will have to stay here until our next
visit, as we're going to run out of bisc firing capacity.
The pictures show the 7lb tapered jugs I made tonight and some of the bisc that's starting to fill up the workshop. Also a moneybox, covered in rooks
Well since last I blogged, lots has been happened, so it's time I got round to writing about it!
We left Scotland over three weeks ago and headed to Derbyshire and The Wardlow Mires Pottery and Food Festival. This event is the only one of its kind in the country, where functional pots and food are exhibited alongside each other. It's now in its third year and is growing and developing. Last year was terribly wather affected, but this year the sun shone and the people came and bought lots of pots.
I didn't take any pictures, apart from this. I was at college with these guys over thirty years ago and we were all reunited for the first time at the Festival. It was great to see them all and no doubt we shall all meet again.
So we've been back in Devon for a while. Hannah's been in London at a show too, so busy, busy as ever.
This weekend just gone, we taught a workshop at Kigbeare, near Okehampton. We've demoed together before, but it's the first time we've ever taught together, so we were nervous at first. Everything fell in to place though, helped by a lovely group of people who wanted to soak up as much knowledge as they could. The accompanying exhibition sold lots of pots, which was fantastic and sent us scurrying back to Hollyford to make replacements.
I made this jug as part of the demo and brought it home to finish it. It's another one of those pots that I've got carried away on and it's taken hours. I'll finish it tomorrow and slip it bright green. I do regret starting these sometimes as they take so long
Hannah struggled to get going today, before she made six of these lovely jugs. It's sometimes difficult working in one another's workshops, as the equipment, surroundings and very often the headspace are completely different. I often really struggle to make pots in Scotland and the only thing that one can do in that situation, is work through the failures and frustrations, until it starts to flow. We're trying to reorganise both of the workshops to make both spaces feel like they belong to both of us, but it all takes time that we don't have at the moment.
Well I'm worn out, so I'm going to sign out now, back soon. Goodnight all.
We unpacked the kiln yesterday. There were a couple of duffers, but generally, it was a great firing.
We probably overpacked the front a bit - we always do, in a panic to get everything in that we can. All that happens is that the pots near where the flame enters the chamber, block the path of the flame to the pots at the back and they remain underdfired. But otherwise it really was a very successful firing.
Some of the pots are packed up ready to dispatch to London today for a photo shoot for Homes & Gardens magazine, Here's Hannah getting them ready to send. Here are a few snapshots. I'm afraid my photography skills aren't up to much.
One of Hannah's beautiful jugs
Richness of glaze
8lb applique jug
Another lovely one of Hannah's
This one's off to the photo shoot in London today
More rich glaze, mottled from the wood firing
Tankards destined for the food festival at the weekend
It was a beautiful day in Dumfries and Galloway yesterday, perfect weather to be under a huge beech tree, firing a wood kiln.
We started at 8 a.m.
And finished at after 10 p.m.
It looked, from what we can tell at this stage, pretty good. We have to wait until Tuesday to find out.
During the early stages of the firing, I was able to find the time to model the rooks on to the top of this moneybox. It was great to be able to stand beneath a tree, watching the real thing flying around in front of me. I took this picture before I cut the slot in the front.
By the time we'd clammed up the kiln, headed home and unwound with a hot bath, it was 1 a.m. and we collapsed in to bed, completely exhausted.
Today is another beautiful day, the sun's shining and my achy body has just pushed the lawnmower round the front garden. Hannah's in the kitchen baking a courgette cake(sounds wrong, but is very right!) as her Mum and Dad are coming over shortly, it's smelling good already.
It's time to go outside now and enjoy the spectacular view with a cup of tea in the back garden.
Happy Sunday everybody.
Here's a video of our firing day, I hope you enjoy it.