Monday, 7 July 2008

Monday

Mark was a star and kneaded up loads of clay for me today. I really need to get my pugmill up and running, although it's much cheaper getting Mark to do it! It was a huge help and enabled me to get on with getting a couple more harvest jugs made and some large baluster jugs too.

I also slipped and decorated some of the pots I made last week.




It's been a bit frustrating because the car's off the road at the moment after having failed its MOT. I really need it for collecting wood. It's with our mechanic at present, so hopefully it'll be ready by the end of the week.

Making, decorating, force-drying tomorrow.

11 comments:

jbf said...

Love the pieces and the slipwork. Good luck on getting it all done by your deadline!

Ron said...

Hey Doug, the jugs look great. Nice of M.M. to be there to help out. I know you're working your tail off.

ang said...

ahh the deadlines love em hate em....work it doug, lovely jugs again....

doug fitch said...

Cheers chaps, Starting to wonder if I should put the bisc off until the start of next week. It'll buy a couple more days at this end, but make it a bit tight at the other end - either way, it's keeping me awake! Ah, stress, it keeps me on my toes.

doug fitch said...

Morning Ang

ang said...

morning, I'm just avoiding work...

Becky said...

Get Joe to pick you more strawberries, sprinkle with a bit of sugar and you'll be set to go. When you start to wind down, get Joe to pick you more strawberries, sprinkle with a bit of sugar ...

Beautiful slipwork by the way!

Julie said...

That glossy wet slip is just so pretty! Looking forward to seeing this one done.

gary rith said...

My apprenticeship, 23 years ago, involved making thousands of pounds of useable clay from the master's dried mountain of trimmings, all by hand---character building, right? I buy my clay pre-mixed and bagged now, and wedge yesterday's trimmings into today's pottery. You get old and you have to think twice about how you use your body's energy...at least that is how my back sees it!

doug fitch said...

Evening all

I used to work in a flowerpot factory and would spend days weighing out 3lb balls of clay - character building or soul destroying?! My problem is that I blend two different clays, one very coarse one and one smooth, all by hand. I have a pug but the motor requires a higher voltage than my supply so I have to buy a converter - must get around to doing that sometime.

Hi Julie, thanks for dropping by

Alan from Argyll Pottery said...

Have you ever considered buying an old bakery dough mixer? I have used one for years, linked to a petrol motor as we don't have enough electrical power here either. It's great for mixing dry to wet or different blends so you get what you want even reclaiming old clay is easy too. I know it's extra expence but it'll pay for its self rather more quickly than you might think.