Thursday, February 25, 2010
Small happy dance going on here.
Now if we can get the wind to die down and the sun to come out it will make loading the kiln a bit more pleasent.
Back in the 1980's we made a lot of production pottery, which I hand decorated. Lots of little flowers in pinks and blues.
Just before Christmas a customer came in and ask if I would make her a set of mugs and match them to one she had bought years ago.
I said yes.
In fact I thought it might be fun to go back to that place and sit and decorate some mugs.
So I did.
But I still find it hard to believe we use to thrown, base glaze and then I would decorate board after board of plates, bowls, mugs, cream and sugar sets. spoon rest and just about everything we made.
Then one day my back and neck just said, "No." I was having so much trouble with my back by sitting for hours painting pots.
We were also ready to make some changes in the glazes we were working with. We slowly started introducing the wood ash glazes while slowly removing one pattern and then another until one day I was no longer painting anything.
Now I find myself working on the tiles and other things and moving away some from what I am doing now.
Is it time to make another change?
The one thing consitent with pottery is change.
And I do believe you have to allow yourself some time to change.
Weather permitted we plan to finish up our small gas kiln ans see where that kiln takes us.
Smaller kiln, different work different glazes.
Well just have to see.