Saturday, 30 June 2012

The firing (a couple of weeks on)

Goodness me, I've managed to get very behind with this blog lately, life's been busy. Here's a bit of a catch up. Alex came down and together we packed the kiln On firing day we were joined by Ella, a potter who had completed an apprenticeship at The Leach Pottery in St Ives. The firing went fairly easily, I think it was about fourteen hours long. On the unpack, I was completely zoned out with a cider fueled migraine. We'd been to Blogger Paul's birthday party the night before and although I didn't drink very much,it was enough to do some serious damage. Blogger Andrew came to the unpack and so Hil, Andrew and Alex took the pots out while I reclined, moaning and blinded on the workshop sofa. Never again - ha! It was a fairly good firing - maybe a little underfired in places, I might fire a cone hotter next time, but it was all new glazes, so as a starting point, I was pleased. I need to formulate a decent dark honey glaze before the next firing to provide the entire range of tones and colours that I'm trying to achieve.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Firing time

It's firing time! Alex came yesterday and today we packed the kiln. There are a lot of pots in it this time, with a new range of glazes, so I'm hoping for the best. Marky Mark is going to light it up early tomorrow morning. I should write more, but I'm tired and it's late again, so forgive me for keeping this brief. Here's what's been happening in the last three days Sleep time, goodnight all

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Good morning

Hello folks. It's been ages since I blogged, life's been pretty hectic and I got behind with it, so here's a whole string of little films to bring things up to date. Alex arrives tomorrow afternoon. We'll pack the kiln on Thursday and fire it on Friday. Before then, I have hundreds of pots to glaze, so today I need to get busy with that. Back soon with words and pictures. Bye for now

Friday, 1 June 2012

Tuesday and Thursday on Friday

Morning folks I haven't posted for a couple of days, so here's a quick catch up before I head off to work.
These are some 16lb jugs I made earlier in the week, each with a scroll handle, the likes of which are often found on the old traditional harvest jugs in this region.
Some little moneyboxes, with love birds, a cockerel and a bird on it's next with its brood.

My regular daily company - I think Mrs Duck must be sitting on eggs, she visits less frequently recently. I made this video on Tuesday.
And this one yesterday. Well this won't do, I'd better get to work, bye for now