After my last post I have stayed home. Heading out tomorrow so stay tuned to more adventures off the compound.
I'm still on garden sabbatical so the studio has been busy.
All surface areas are filling and it's time to start glazing and firing. I love this time in the studio because everything is still intact. Nothing has failed due to glazing, firing etc. In an effort to shrink my losses and streamline the studio all functional work will be glazed in white……. for now. I'm thinking by the time February rolls around and I am sick of snow and the bleakness of winter I will be onto something else….. like pomegranate or new spring green. For now I'm just calling it Rustic Cottageware. I can whip myself into a visual frenzy when I think of the covered soup servers filled with rich minestrone and crusty bread on the side. Mugs of hot coffee and tankards of spiced cider. Food porn in virginal white glaze and toasty brown clay highlights makes me go weak in the knees.
Sooooo service for 9! Well actually bee service for 8 and fish service for one….. and I just found lamb and bird sprigs in a bucket! It's going to be a busy winter! Cutting all these sprigs has become a bit daunting. Three and half hours of Masterpiece Theater will get me 54 bee sprigs cut and ready to apply. Each place setting has 7 pieces and 18 sprigs. Yup, I did the math…… sometimes it's better not to know these things.
Speaking of the math……. remember that pug mill? I'm using it just about daily. In the past I tossed my trimmings down the groundhog hole. It just didn't pay to recycle. Over the years my throwing got better and my trimming got less…. so I thought. In the last week my pugged trimmings made 10 cups and saucers for this service for 9. (The extra one is for me.) There is another bag of trimmings filling next to the wheel and will be ready for pugging by the weekend. I haven't really wedged like I used to and the efficiency in the studio has really picked up. As much as I dragged my feet plunking down the money on this piece of equipment it's been a good investment. Also giving me more time to do what I love……. throw!
Let fires burn hot and the clay ring true……