Believe you can…

This print popped up in my fb newsfeed on Monday morning and was quite encouraging as I was gearing up for a massive day – unpacking a bisque, mixing a 12L batch of glaze, waxing bases, glazing – getting ready to fire the big kiln with wares for THIS SUNDAY’S OPEN STUDIO. Generally speaking, I…… Continue reading Believe you can…

It is nice to have a man with strong arm muscles around the studio….

Here is Andrew helping the kiln cool down…. Sometimes kilns take far too long to cool down. Especially when you are nervy about the contents! Truth be told, yesterday’s firing didn’t go completely to plan, but then again, when does life go to plan?! To say I was nervous is a definite understatement. I had…… Continue reading It is nice to have a man with strong arm muscles around the studio….

Potter’s translation of a long weekend…

STUDIO WEEKEND!  This long weekend (Queen’s birthday) didn’t go entirely to plan. We were meant to head to my Uncle’s farm and spend some time helping out. Thursday’s kiln opening put a spanner into that plan….. For whatever reason, the soak cycle didn’t cut off and the result was blistered and bubbled wares! If there is…… Continue reading Potter’s translation of a long weekend…

As any parent knows, when there is silence, something is happening…

Since my last post about servicing and maintaining my pottery wheel… I have been taking full advantage of it – making lots, replenishing stocks! I filled the shelves, only to empty them into the kiln for the first bisque firing of 2014! And it went perfectly! The first glaze firing, however, wasn’t perfect. The kiln…… Continue reading As any parent knows, when there is silence, something is happening…

We’ve made it to December… [what?!]

The month of awkward end-of-year parties is upon us – be it with work mates, social groups, extended friend circles or family. Not too mention what I call the ‘Present Purchasing Whirlpool’… deciding what to buy for those dear to you, weighing up how much to spend and working out how to emphase the goodwill…… Continue reading We’ve made it to December… [what?!]

Bisque – are we talking about biscuits, soup or clay?

We’re talking about clay of course! I’ve discovered that while some people have no idea what the word bisque means, to others it draws images of biscuits (or cookies if you socialise with Americans), soup (think of a smooth, creamy, crustacean-based soup) or the porous result of an 1000 degrees Celsius firing (give or take a…… Continue reading Bisque – are we talking about biscuits, soup or clay?