It’s been a busy few weeks preparing for NEOS 2014. Just a few more things to finish and another couple of firings then I hope to be ready. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m hoping to sneak a little time out to go and see some other exhibitors too. If you’re in the area please do pop in.
If you’re not local then I’m hoping to add a gallery of some of my newest work shortly so you can see what I’ve been up to. Just need to get past the next fortnight first.
It’s been an odd ten days – full of highs and lows.
The week before last I really felt like I’d made progress with my throwing. However when I glaze fired my pieces at the end of the week, they did not come out how I had planned. That’s not to say that I’m completely disappointed… there are positives too… but I’m having a problem with my clay colour. It should fire to almost white, but instead all my pieces are coming out cream. I’ve used the exact same clay before (extra white stoneware) so I don’t think the problem is there. I’m not sure wether it’s a something to do with my older kiln. I’d be grateful for any advice.
Sea dapple tea bowl
Then there was my glorious trip to London. What a treat, and a definite high.
The last few days I’ve been throwing jugs… experimenting with lips… and trying a little more Mishima. What’s not to like? But, I’m desperately waiting for my new kiln to be installed and then hopefully as a result some more consistent firings. Trying to get an electrician up here is proving to be very difficult – it’s been weeks. Bertha is just sitting there, reeking of potential.
I’m just looking forward to the day when I open my new kiln and I’m delighted with everything. Does that ever happen?