Monday, 23 February 2009

Monday

It's been busy times here lately. Alex and Steve came on Friday to do more work on the film. It was interview stuff and I rambled and stumbled and stuttered over my words. I wish I was better at saying what I want to say, I always think to myself afterwards, I wish I'd said this, or I wish I hadn't said that - oh well, too late now, hopefully my pots will speak better than I do.



Saturday morning we went to the little church in Stockleigh English to deliver the Flower Ladies jug.



The jug's been in the workshop for quite a while, so it was a great to see it in its new home, made me feel quite emotional. The Flower Ladies met me there and I was able to hand it over to them. I hope it'll be there for a long time to come.

Saturday night I played with the Love Daddies, which was quite bad really. With a bit of help from some bad mixing from the sound men, the smoking ban and our under-rehearsed set, we managed to clear the hall fairly successfully. A shame really, we'd put a lot of effort in to it. Good job I'm used to that kind of thing - pottery's so often the same, loads of hard work just to end up with a disappointing outcome. It was the early hours by the time we'd broken down the kit and cleaned the hall up. Maybe I'm just getting too old for all that stuff.



Sunday evening I took Luke up to the workshop so he could glaze his GCSE model. The tree broke off before it was fired, so he made another model, enabling him to use this one as a glaze test, so we popped it in the kiln last night. More of that shortly.



Today I added the applied decoration to the big jug I made last week.....



....and threw a big baluster jug. I'll be making more big jugs tomorrow.

The next firing will be pots for the Derby Boys show at the Long Room Gallery, Winchcombe, with my college contemporaries Nic Collins and Simon Hancox.

I have to go to Scotland in three weeks to do a demo for the Scottish Potters Association(scary), so I want to get all the big stuff made before then.


And now to end this rambling post, the highlight - some pictures of Luke's model that came out of the kiln today. I'm very proud of him. He was thrilled by all the comments that folk left for him on earlier posts by the way, thank you.



I think he'll be getting a good grade, he deserves it, he's worked hard.



His other one will be out of the kiln on Wednesday, ready to submit for his exam by Thursday's deadline - that's either cutting it fine, or great planning - hmm, think I know which.



Happy Tuesday all.

11 comments:

judsculpt said...

Luke your piece is really great and beautifully glazed, I am sure you will get really good marks for your work and please don't stop making them, they are very good.Judy

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr Fitch,It's Mr anonymous here and I've just been out drinking so I hope that I don't ramble on with rubbish? I think that your pots are very special and full of energy and life. Your pot in the church for the flower ladies will out last you but will take your essence for as long as the church will last. althouigh I'm not a believer, Long may it continue. Oh and Luke will get a grade A. Take care and see you soon.

Ron said...

Hey there, good to have you back in blog land. Jugs look good as always. Luke's piece is great, glad the glazing worked out so well. Catch ya soon

Amy said...

Doug, Your work is amazing... I really like the pot in the church and the pic of it. Keep up with it! You're so talented.
And, Luke what attention to detail you gave. Hope you get an A.

ang said...

lucky flower ladies.. your jug looks brilliant in it's rustic setting, nice workin doug... sad the L.daddies had a rough night, maybe you needed to be snowed in again...? and go luke your piece came out a treat....

Jerry said...

Sorry to hear about the bum gig, not too fun but it seems you have a good attitude about it.

Luke's piece looks great out of the glaze firing. He did a super job on it.

Clay Perry said...

its always good to see your work handed off to people that appreciate it, and you're right, it can get emotional...

sometimes the bad gigs can be the most fun though...

luke's work just plain kicks ass... a talented family all the way round..

cindy shake said...

Luke's sculpture is WONDERFUL! There is a lot of movement, happiness and whimsy in it. The Flower Lady's jug looks so natural in it's new home -beautiful work by all.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

Luke is brilliant---I have been making pots and sculpture 26 years and he's got me beat already---please encourage him to pursue it as a career!
As for his planning, not bad considering number one was all ready well in advance and he manages to get the second fired with a few hours to spare!

Alex Mason said...

Luke's piece looks amazing! :)

danp said...

Luke's piece looks great without the tree!

And the big pot is beautiful. I'd love to see a video of you making one of those.

Dan