I'm been busy making. I'm trying to get a little ahead of myself and stock pile my jars and stuff. It's not so much the throwing, altering, and decorating. It's that damned drying...that sloooooww drying and then two firings in my teeny tiny kiln that has me thinking that it's better to make now...right now.
I spent yesterday with my mentor, Monica. She watched me wedge... and pointed out where my problem lies...you remember...those nasty air bubbles, and though I'm feeling a little awkward doing it the right way, I know it'll come. Let me just say that it's SO much less work than I was putting into it prior to this back/shoulder/arm saving lesson! No more sweating or aching arms for me! She also helped me hone my throwing skills. Seems I'm a fondler and even after her reminding me (more than a few times), to keep my paws off that nicely centered ball of clay, I found myself touching...without even thinking....THAT is something I'm really going to have to work on!
So today, I'm patiently waiting for my newly thrown pots to dry enough that I can do some altering. I hope I'm not rushing it. While I wait, I'm going to throw a few more, because I have sketches galore of what I hope to do and it's probably more than I'll need but at least I have a game plan!
I'm including some pics of some new pieces I just pulled out of the kiln this morning. A few bigger bowls using my new stencils and some tiny snack bowls that I'd love to call Pit Bowls but thinking that no one will understand what I'm talking about. Curious? I had lunch at a friend's the other day and we had some lovely BC cherries for dessert..AND she handed me this sweet little bowl for my pits! Anyway, I suppose they can be used for so many things!
Happy to be back and contributing to Mud Colony! You need to check out the work of the other fabulous potters there!