Hot hot hot in Devon today.
It was perfect weather for drying pots in the sunshine. These two mugs are made from clay dug from the stream in the field by the workshop. It's so much easier to throw with than the brick clay blend I've been using, it makes me realise that I make things difficult for myself with my ususal clay body. Nothing else I've tried has given me the same granular, earthy quality, though I'm tempted to try other options if it makes throwing so much easier.
Here's a teapot I assembled and decorated today, the camera's made it look a bit odd, honest.
The poor sheep in the field were panting away in spite of their new haircuts. It's a strange noise that a whole flock of panting sheep makes.
I spoke to John Edgeler yesterday about Friday's opening and book launch. Apparently it was a great evening. Alan Caiger-Smith gave a fascinating opening speech, I wish I'd been there to hear it. Henry Sandon and Tanya Harrod were there too. It's a thrill to know that such folk are looking at my work. Somebody bought one of my large platters too, so a good night all round.
Today I had a call from John Foley, owner of The Imagine Gallery in Long Melford, Suffolk, asking me if I'd like to take part in an exhibition in August with Clive Davis, Mark Griffiths and Lisa Hammond. Of course I said YES!
Late night working tomorrow with Marky Mark, packing the back of the kiln ready for bisc firing on Saturday. Still haven't made all the pots yet so a big day for the gas burner tomorrow.