Let That be a Lesson

The last week has been a frantic one consisting of making and decorating pots ready for the gallery. On one hand I’ve had to ignore the Christmas rush and concentrate on the task of producing ware, but on the other keep in mind the fact that people will want to stop and talk to find out what we’re doing. Something of a necessary distraction.

The rush to produce has involved a few mistakes. The first is that I haven’t always tested glazes properly, relying on a the manufacturer’s guidelines rather than my own empirical methods. I know this is a cardinal error, especially given that the kiln is new and thus its heat is particularly fierce. Some mugs I had glazed rather too thickly, with a dark glossy, and rather attractive, grey-green colour ran onto the kiln shelf. Although they weren’t stuck, the bases of the vessels were a mess and only a couple could be salvaged by grinding the excess off. The same mugs were also decorated with a band of a white stone-like glaze which turned out to be much rougher in texture than I had thought, really quite unsuitable for a drinking vessel.

There have been other errors, mostly to do with the consistency of glazes, which I corrected easily, but not before several pots were discarded, relegated to the role of studio tool containers, or marked as seconds. Let that be a lesson to me! I’ve slowed down now and I’m testing everything, no matter how long it takes. More haste, less speed!


Studio Opening

The day has finally arrived! The gallery is about to open, although at the moment there’s hardly anything in there! This coming week will see the place transformed from an empty space into a working gallery and pottery. Everything is ordered and there’ll be a constant stream of delivery vans dropping off equipment and supplies, at least that’s the theory!

Apart from frenzied work on the computer I’ve been trying to get paintings and drawings ready for hanging in the gallery; the photos above show a couple of paintings recently framed and ready to go. It’s all been hard work but very exciting. Amanda and I can’t wait to get it all up and running.