It amazes me how fast the year goes by. In the pottery world, when preparing for shows, we have to plan months ahead of time. We generally don’t fire our kiln unless it can be fully loaded, as it would be a waste of energy otherwise. We have to make our work, trim our work and let our work dry. (depending on the weather conditions, this could take over a week.) We then do our first firing, called the bisque. After that work cools, we then prepare and glaze our work for the second firing. If all goes well, we then pack our work for our next show or for gallery sales.
Here we are staring the Holiday Season in the face and I am certainly not ready. I have 3 small shows to prepare for, and several galleries that need stocking.
leries and shows. There will definitely be a few special added treasures as well.
I enjoy what I do, working with clay, working for myself….it allows freedom, so they say. I think it requires an incredible amount of planning. Planning for shows, creating new work, supplying galleries. Making sure they are all set for the holiday season and the gardening season. My brain feels a bit frazzled now and then. But its all okay, I love it.
Almost every firing has a surprise or two. Not always a good surprise, but over the years one just accepts the fact that the ugly stuff goes to the trash. Now and again, a wonderful surprise happens when testing glazes and I cant believe how great something came out.
Sometimes something tips over in the firing. I use stilts under some of my items so that it can be glazed on the bottom of the piece as well. (We usually dont glaze the bottom of pots, bowls and mugs, because they stick to the kiln shelf) (Actually stick is an understatement….become part of the kiln self is more acurate). Recently while firing some bird feeders, one of the stilts failed and now we have two feeders forever stuck to eachother. Not sure if these two will hit the trash barrel, or I might just put them in a tree and fill them with seed. The birds and chipmunks dont care….the people care more about what the feeder looks like 🙂
I am completely out of clay, but most galleries are stocked for the upcoming sales season. Hopefully next week new clay will arrive and I can start making some small porcelain bowls that have become quite popular. At this time only two galleries carry them, and well, my studio also has them…..please keep me in mind this fall/winter when your doing your holiday shopping.