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.