Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hops and Pots

 The last two weeks for me have been the rush of getting things done before I have to pack myself off to the school. I could feel the breath of the dragons breathing down my neck as I worked on tiles last week. I finally loaded my kiln on Sunday and fired Monday. Whew, one thing done.
 Monday I figured out that I still know how to toss clay at a wheel and get it to turn into something.
There is the familiarity of working in my own space. My wheel, my tools, mine, mine, mine. It's like being two. This is all mine and I am not sharing with anyone.

It felt so good to just be here and work.
 I have been thinking about out how to be here and be back at the school. Maybe I can take long breaks.....    be right back......
 Mark took a break to go and strip off the hops from his vines.
Hop on Pop.

They look great. He is mulling over how best to use them in his beer making. I'll be interested to see what unfolds. He has been making some really good beer over the last few years.
Thanks Joel for leading him back to something he really enjoys doing.

I am throwing some of those production pots. I was very aware of how much more it takes to fill the kiln when I am not throwing here as much as I use to. Mark is doing the largest share of filling the kiln. I need to figure out how I can use my days off from the school best to get my share done.
Fall is in the air.
Better get cracking on the pots for gift season.

 I counted that it took me 33 tiles to fill my kiln.
That too is something to work out.
nothing is easy or quick here.

This time I am making some details notes. I forget some of the things I have done between loads. It occurs to me that not only do I need to write down what works, but I need to read what I write as well.

They are all waiting for the last step before heading over for sale.

Hope you are happy and well.
I have to get back over to the studio.


Dennis Allen said...

How to be at Whynot and teach at the same time? Field Trip ! Of course that only works a couple of days a week.

cookingwithgas said...

I like your thinking.

Anna said...

My son makes his own beer but hasn't tried growing hops... and yes, writing notes is a good idea if only we remember to read them later!

Tracey Broome said...

We sell hop plants at 5th Season. You guys really need to come see our beer shop, Mark would love it!

cookingwithgas said...

Yes we do Tracey!

Sandy miller said...

Time Management...... I am on a one week break from school and going today to get the studio ready. So impresses you have kept updates going on your blog. I miss writing but not sure how to get in........ Yes, the breath of the dragon. At least my underwear isn't singed yet ;)

Lori Buff said...

Hops and pots, too of my favorite things.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

JUST LOVE the tiles :) I start teaching again soon, and worry also that it will make my own studio time limited, but we shall see :)

cookingwithgas said...

time- it is all about the time.

Trish said...

Thanks for taking the time to post, Meredith... time, time, time flying into September.. noooo!! Great pieces being created in your own space, as you say. love the tiles.. It has been very hot here in Alberta, but the winds of change are upon us which will bring that Fall air, which I love, but not what comes after that! Enjoy these days. Great pots AND beer to you! :) T.

cookingwithgas said...

Cheers T, I feel fall in the air!

Linda Starr said...

it's hard to balance it all, Blairsville of all places got a beer tasting room (the locals fought it like cats and dogs) and now I hear tell of a wine tasting room, time marches on.