I had a good day today - long, but good. Marky Mark came up after work and we stayed on until about 10 o'clock.
It was good to get back to making some familiar forms - 3lb jugs and six pound jars. I'll make the lids for the jars tomorrow. There are still things to make for the Tokyo shows, but I feel the need to make a few larger things now to fill the kiln chamber quickly, then I can go back to making smaller things with a sense that some of the pressure is reduced.
It feels like I've been working really hard, but without much to show for it. Everything I've made recently has been small and fiddly with lot of turning. Most of it has been bisc fired now and is in little stacks in the workshop. This is the worst stage - the pots just go flat and white - the decoration on some just becomes invisible. They'll all come back to life and reveal their secrets again soon, with a covering of glaze - that's always the exciting bit of course.
I'm firing the kiln in a couple of weeks - I'm nervous about it, there's a lot hanging on this firing, so it needs to be good.
Happy Thursday all