Earthenware testing did not go well. Pinholes, crawling, bad slip application, ugly colors, you name it, I got it. Today I woke up not wanting to do this anymore (just a fleeting thought, I'm sure it will go away). I have no functional forms in my head that I want to make with Earthenware, although I loved throwing it, no mug design that makes me dance, no casseroles, nada. I do have beautiful large Raku jars and platters in my head however. Why the hell can't you use Raku for food?!?!? ARghhh... I need an earthenware glaze that makes me happy for functional ware so I don't have to say over and over, "no you can't use that really beautiful bowl for food, it's just to look at, has no good reason for existing except that I liked making it and look at those cracks!" And no I don't want to make earthenware with white slip and draw on it, everyone else has that covered, thank you. I just want a rich, wonderful glaze that will compliment my raku rich wonderful glaze so you can eat out of the damn thing. And there is a nagging voice in the back of my brain speaking about cone 10 once again. Go away! If I could only rip off what Brandon or Hollis are doing, I would be fine :) Their work always makes me think how nice my Raku would look sitting beside theirs, it is very complimentary to my style, not that I don't like everyone else's work out there, it's all great!
In other news, I'm taking a breath and Wes and I are invited to lunch with Meredith at Whynot Pottery so we are heading down to Seagrove this morning. I'm going to take some of these miserable tests with me and whine on Meredith's shoulder :) We were supposed to go to the Mts. this weekend, it's Gerry's 50th birthday and I thought we were going to celebrate in Asheville, but he isn't feeling it. So, I'm going to do the Ocktoberfest at Saxapahaw instead. My friend Susan is firing her wood kiln as I write this, I should be out there stoking a kiln, but thought I had other plans. As I said to Judi on her blog, I can't seem to plan my life for one week, much less have a five year plan! OK, well off to Seagrove for some inspiration and a breath of fresh air. Happy weekend everyone!