I am slowly getting back to work this week.
I started working yesterday on a cone 6 firing of tiles.
Glazing the tiles can be a tedious job since I like to put in different colors and they all are being painted in.
I did try some last time with glaze and cold wax, then I poured the background and I was pretty happy with the results.
I am not sure it saved me any time, but I did like the results.
I have to admit that Lee seems more with me when I am in the studio since she spent so much time here with me last year.
Last year she would come over roll out her own slabs for tiles, spend the night with us and then finish up and head back to Raleigh late the next day. We had made plans for more tiles we wanted to do together.
Her next plans for tiles were going to be Hummingbirds in memory of our brother Jay.
I am sad she did not have the time to do even one.
Lee asked that we make jars for her ashes along with another potter friend.
A project I will think about soon and post pictures later.
I have to get together with her friends to figure out what we are going to do.
One thought is that I throw them and they decorated them.
I thought it could be nice and fitting to put a Hummingbird on them along with some of her favorite flowers.
Today I will be glazing and running many thoughts through my head as I try to clear some cobwebs out and form a more clear picture of where I am going this year with clay.
I keep running back to it even though there are many things pulling me away.
What is it about getting in that place where the hands take over and the mind feels free to wander or you are so focused that it takes you to another level?
I have been thinking too about the families in Japan and listening as one thing happens after another.
If you have not read the blog by fellow potter Euan Graig you should his accounting of what he and his family are going through is so well written and gives you a first hand look at what is going on.
Our hearts are with him.
I have been checking in on many blogs and I am inspired by what I see others doing.
And I was thrilled to see Tracey had her building about finished.
I was amazed at how quickly this has gone up and happy that she will have a space to call her own.
I was also inspired by Megan's post about what you can get done in 30 minutes while she is adjusted to her life as a Mom. It made me think that even if I don't have hours there are a lot of 30 minutes in a day.
I am sure I will get back soon to long days in the studio but this is going to be a year.
One that brings many reflections and thoughts.
Here is my thought to you today- Do you have a will?