Good to be back in the studio throwing, glazing and firing. It was difficult trying to work in the carport. Too much wind and rain blowing and drying the pots uneven. There is still a lot of debris left lying around from demolition and construction but it can wait.
The new studio is finally done and I’ve moved all my stuff out of the carport and back into the studio. When the tree fell on the old studio and the building was demolished, the new studio was built on the old foundation so the building is the same size but it sure does seems larger. I did paint the walls white, whereas in the old studio the walls were unpainted grey block and also, the new studio is taller and has more windows so I suppose this all makes it seem larger. Maybe, one day, I’ll paint the ceiling but for now I just want to make pots.
I’ll be able to move my junk into the new studio in a couple of days.. Just in time too, the carport is getting a little chilly in the mornings.
September 26, 2016
It was decided that the entire studio should be demolished since the walls were leaning by 3 – 4 inches. The new blocks are all laid and the roof construction should begin soon. It’s been an ordeal but my insurance has been great. Here’s some images of the demolition and new block wall going back up and my temporary studio in the carport. At least it’s a good time of the year for this to happen.
Good thing I wasn’t working at the time. This huge oak tree behind my studio split and a big chunk of it fell on my studio during a storm. It’s difficult to see my studio under the debris but it’s there. A few pots that I was working on broke but all the equipment is fine.
I’ve been spending most of my working days making sets of canisters and/or some type of jars with lids. I’m enjoying making them so I’ll stick with it. I hope to begin offering more glaze choices with canister sets.
So, I’ve fired those rounded and straight canisters from my last post and I plan on making more. The rounded canisters work great with my glazes. The straight canisters are working good too but, right now, I prefer the rounded ones. The lids on these canisters fit on the insides rather than sitting on top.
October 6, 2015
I’ve been working on some different canister shapes. These have the lids fitting on the insides. I’ll glaze and fire these soon and hopefully make lots more if I still like them once fired. I’ve been making shapes like this for years just never in graduated sets.
August 24, 2015
Every now and then I pull out a nice one. This lidded jar has 3 layers of different glazes. It’s challenging to get the right combination and thickness without causing problems with the glaze coat. I’ve been working with these glazes for several years and about a year ago stumbled upon this combination.
I’ve sent this one to NC Pottery Center for their Annual Gala and Auction on September 26 in Raleigh.
This lidded jar measures 11 1/4″ tall to the top of handle and 10″ diameter.
May 29, 2015
Glazing a few pots today. The first image shows bisqued pots and the second is with glaze on them. The white one in the first image has a white slip over my usual brown stoneware clay body.