It's been a busy time on both the work and the home front this week, working long evenings in the workshop and then late again last night in my friend's recording studio, adding some 'harmonies' to a Love Daddies track.
We're off into Exeter in a minute for lunch - into the city, haven't been there for ages, people, traffic, noise and smelly air - it'll make a pleasant change.
Tomorrow Marky Mark's coming over and we're going to tidy up the workshop and kiln shed. I've got Alex McErlain from Manchester Metropolitain University coming next week to do some filming, so it's time to clear away all the mouldy mugs. I'm a bit nervous about it, but I know Alex, he's a top man, so it'll be fine once we've got started. I'm so used to being on my own and 'in the zone', it'll be odd being in front of a lens.
Here's some stuff from the past couple of days.
More leaf resist.
This will be green when it's fired.
I'll put the amber glaze on this one. It has a black slip under the white, the manganese from the black will bleed into the glaze, softening the line.
Another puzzle jug
I made these big ones yesterday. Most of the pots I have for the firing are flat plates, which take up a lot of horizontal space, so I need these big pots to fill the vertical space. Nic's dropping off some kiln shelves for me tomorrow, I need to borrow some because all the plates will gobble up the kiln furniture.
I look like such a tramp at the moment - that's what happens when all I do is spend every day in a shed on my own. Anyway, must pull my wellies on now and head off to town.