The older I get the more I realize summer is way to short in New England. So the past two summers I have taken a break from teaching, and slowed down a bit on production… working only about 6-8 hours a day rather than 10-12 hours a day. I’ve spent many hours in the garden, on my bike, and just taking time to really see the beauty of nature. I have focused on renewing my creativity, and took some time to follow through with the ideas that have been accumulating in my sketchbook for the past year or so.
Here are some photos of a new urn form and the process; from drying shellac resist design, then glazed but not yet fired, to the finished fired urns. These new urn forms should be up on my website in the next few months.
shellac resist drying
Glazed but not fired.
I have the little elf working overtime to get ready for the Holiday Sale. Here is my assistant Jocelyn smoothing the edges of new tiles that I have made… and yes that is a cast on her thumb!
Ok so last week I got a little carried away making salt cellars. I made 40… that means 40 bottoms, 45 tops… always make extra tops. So that is 85 pieces in one day. I figured they’re small, so no problem… but it’s the following days that I wish I didn’t make that many! The next couple of days was spent trimming all of them, and throwing a little knob on each top. Whew, next time I’m on a roll and really in the groove of throwing I’m going to think twice about making that many at once!
Terri and I spent our Sunday in Northampton at the Smith College greenhouses smelling all the beautiful flowers while standing among the palms and banana trees in the 80 degree sunny shelter. The three feet of snow melted away for just a little while.
I’m dreaming of a hot summer day, and a pitcher of lemonade. I guess that’s where these are coming from… some tall pitchers in the works… these weigh 3.5 or 4 lbs, and measure 11 to 12″, they will end up being about 10 or 11″ after the glaze fire.
Wooo-hooo! … a nice kiln firing with teapots. Here are the teapots glazed, and ready for the firing… and 32 hours later, barely cool enough to take out of the kiln!
Yes, these will be available at this weekend’s Holiday Open Studio Sale!
Another little slideshow… this week it’s glazing .
After the bisque firing, the teapots are ready for decorating and glazing. Here is a little taste of the studio on a glazing day.
Can’t imagine why a potter’s hands are so tired!
Coming soon… some finished teapots, ready for the Holiday Sale this weekend, Dec, 3rd, 4th, and 5th!