Yesterday, despite the fact that we both have books to read,we went back to the studio.
I loaded up dry pots into a bisque kiln while Mark worked up some clay and actually made pots, gasp!
There have been years where we would take January off and work on all those things that need to be done that you place to the side during the year. We still have a long list of things that need to be done but we also have gone into this year with some orders.
After I loaded the bisque I spent time cleaning the wheel and getting clay ready for today.
We use a commercial clay that comes in boxes,and there are times that you get clay that is spot on, just the right throwing constancy, toss it on the wheel right out of the box and it just grows pots.
Then sometimes you get clay that could break a wrist, hard and bouncy, no spring in its step.
Right now we have the hard stuff and to take it to the wheel it needs some "reconditioning".
What we do is cut the blocks up and dip the cuts in water, place them on a plastic sheet and cover overnight.
I even took this clay and squished it so it looks like vertebrates to get more water in.
Today I should be able to run it through the pug mill and be ready to make some pots.
Now to get the list out.
Sugar Jars? Tumblers? Mugs? Crocks.....where to start?
Then I send them some pictures and let them pick something out.
You have to love digital cameras for the quick ease of getting a picture to someone.
What do you think? Need a gift?
and you shake it all about...
Cheers- let's get those 2013 pots rolling.
that's what its all about.....