Lots of little barns out of the kiln this morning. These may get more house hair as Ang called it or they may hang, haven't decided yet.
Like Ang, I opened the kiln to a small explosion. Don't you hate when that happens? We all know why it happens and yet we continue to put things that aren't quite dry in the kiln! Why, why, why!! It wasn't a major loss, just two stands that I had made, very thick slabs that obviously wanted to wait longer to get fired. The one in the background made it, one out of three, about like my Raku firings, ha!
Lots of staining and glazing to get done before it gets too hot. I'm working outside until noon and then it's just too much. Mosquitoes, heat, bees, whine whine...
I'm liking the little stand for the barn, too bad it's the only survivor
This was a coil bowl from the last firing. One of the coils separated and there is a large crack all around the interior, again I know how to avoid this but still it happens. Pretty bowl though...we were shucking corn yesterday and I tossed the husks in here, nice, they hide the crack.
When the mood to throw comes back around I am going to try some terra sig on my bowls and see what I can come up with. That mood may came soon, since my wheel is indoors where it is nice and cool!
I made this green box at Arrowmont while fooling around in Debra Fritt's workshop. I have had a sculpture on it, but I like it as a stand for the boxes. Lots to think about..... stands and new bowls, and new templates. I have got to get more made, I have a show in July and several others I'm applying for. These things take a while to make and they are time consuming to stain. I have got to get the production faster if I'm going to do these for a while.
How do you do this: you see a call for entries for a show. They ask for two photos. You have some pieces around the studio that you like and you photograph them but the show you apply for isn't for months and meanwhile you have made all sorts of other great things. Do you have to send the pieces you photographed months earlier or can you send a new and improved piece? and what if you sell that piece you photographed? or do you just make lots of the same thing? that lets me out you know, I don't do that too often :) and don't you think the deadlines are way to short? Do they not realize how long it takes to complete a piece whether it's a painting or ceramic or whatever. Do they think we just have all these pieces for the various themes just laying around waiting on the moment when that call for entries comes around? I find it all a bit frustrating. And the formats for photos, jeez, it drives me mad, they are all different. One application I have right now asks for 72 dpi, what the fark? (fark is my new word assigned by Wes because she doesn't like my other word that starts with F) !!
Happy week all, it's HOT, isn't it? On my way to the airport to pick up the AP man, see ya!