Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Back to work
Got making again today. Hil and the boys are off still this week so it's very hard to drag myself away from the family to my shed in the countryside. I haven't made any pots for a few weeks and I felt pretty rusty, so started off by making some 8lb fat jugs. This is a size and form of jug that's excited me in the last couple of firings. It took me a while to get my hands and eyes back into the zone, to rediscover where the curves should be and to determine the right thickness of the rim, width of the foot, neck etc.
The first pots onto the empty racks are always a bit of a struggle for me psychologically. I'll get handles on them tomorrow and decorate them on Thursday and then I'll be back into the system once more and a happy bunny.
My plan was to get another firing through before Clay Art Wales, but I think that might be a bit of a tall order. I've enough stock to do Clay Art so it's probably sensible to focus on getting fresh pots together for the subsequent couple of shows, Bovey Tracey and Rufford, rather than rushing to fill a kiln with too much big stuff and not enough smaller pots.
That said, I did have a chat with Matt today and we discussed the possibility of getting a firing through with some of his pots too. I'll have a good look at the calendar in the morning and plan a daily schedule and see what's a realistic target. I've no wood in the shed to fuel the kiln and all my glaze buckets are empty so perhaps it'd be sensible to plan a firing later, rather than sooner and to do it properly rather than bodge it.
It's been a lovely day today, a bit overcast at times and the odd drop of rain, but lovely, so I decided to walk home through the lanes for the first time this Spring. Everything is poised to explode in the hedgerows, the ferns are unwinding and the flowers and trees are bursting their buds. It was a beautiful stroll and one I'll be doing regularly now the evenings are lighter. I love living and working in the countryside. More pots tomorrow.