So last year I really set myself up for a long term glaze nightmare. It started last May when my Mom passed away. I was sad for a long time and I spoiled myself in the studio. For 8 months I worked only my favorite part of the making process. I threw on the wheel, hand-built and illustrated on pots. I didn't glaze or glaze fire and I didn't sell pots. So you can imagine what 8 months of making left me with. Tons of detail glazing, taking photos, measuring and listing new pottery for sale. For me, that's the tedious work part of the process. I don't mind spending a few days glazing, but I do mind spending a few months glazing. A lot is lost when there is a long stretch between firings. Ideas are forgotten and inspiration is cloudy. Also, technique gets rusty and results are not as good as they should be. Procrastinating the glaze work is not something new for me. It's been a problem always.
SO FROM NOW ON.. I will not allow my making process to go beyond the number of pieces that it takes to fill "one" glaze kiln. A promise I'm making to my future self. I can do this! My Spring-Summer pottery is finally starting to make it's way out of the glaze kiln. Now it's time to get it sold and make room for what comes next!
Let me just say, 2016 was a very tough year and I'm glad it's over and done. Even though the year had too many difficulties, none can compare with the loss of my darling Mother in May. Last month we had a lot of water and mold damage happen in our home. Which also affected my health and forced us to turn my pottery studio into a temporary home. So again, pottery making time is minimal. The blessing is that my 51 year old kitchen is getting a remodel. I just wish insurance would have covered more of the cost. We are having to come out of pocket big time. My last glaze firing was in April 2016. I've been making pottery, I just haven't been glazing. I have probably 3 or 4 kiln loads of bisque. All one of kind adorable pieces waiting for me to mask and detail glaze. Not sure when I'll be able to get back to work in the studio. Praying that the kitchen repairs and remodel goes fast.
Sledding Day with Grandkiddos
I'm trying my best to move forward into 2017 with a positive spirit. I pledge to look for the blessings in each day and face the challenges with faith. Love to all and Happy New Year! *Cindy
Summer has been a productive time in the studio. Lots of flowers and ladybugs for inspiration.
I like inscribing words on some of my pots. Inspiring or positive words. I use letter stamps, but sometimes the feeling is best conveyed if the word is handwritten.
Handwriting on pottery
Anyone who has tried it, knows that handwriting on clay can be a little tricky. I find that medium leather hard clay works best for handwriting. Try not to over-think placement, size etc. Just let the word flow spontaneously and natural.