Today's been a day of decorating. My friend and photographer Johnny came over to take a series of pictures for a forthcoming book about slipware.
We had to set up in a nearby barn as my workshop was too dark and outside was brilliant sunshine and, believe it or not, too bright - that makes a change, what a beautiful day. John's a great photographer and understands how to use light to its best. I haven't got any of the photos yet, but I'll post a couple when I get them.
This is a page from my scrappy sketchbook. I try and do a bit of scribbling every day, all really quickly jotted ideas. I find it essential before I throw, in order to get a full understanding of the form before I make it. Decoration gets jotted in too, but mainly just as a memory jogger, I tend to try decoration out using the bit of board with slip on it that I described recently.
These are my decorating tools, rubber kidneys with teeth cut for combing, rubber tipped styluses and a beechwood stick for drawing.
These are some of the pots I decorated for the camera today.
The downer of the day, my electric kiln has stopped working for some reason. Differant Dave is coming to have a look at it in the morning. I really hope he can sort it out for me, bisc firing with it has revolutionised the workshop.
Marky Mark's got a day off tomorrow so is coming up to the workshop to make some pots - looking forward to that.