Today was one of those really nice days. Perfect temperature, blue skies. I got up around 6:30, rolled out some slabs and put terra sig on the dry pieces from yesterday. Met my good pal Charlotte for Chai and pastries at the Bean and Barrel (wine and coffee shop), weird name but great place. Then came home, slabs had set up enough to build with and I made another barn like the one from yesterday and 4 small ones that will hang. Finished up some more terra sig application and called it a day.
Paul Jessop requested a photo of my test tile board so here you are Paul. It was just a scrap of board I had laying around, lined up the tiles and hammered in some nails. The rows are something like this : blue terra sig on red clay, on white clay, blue oxide wash on red clay on white clay, then same for the other colorants. This sits right on my work table, so I can look at the colors for inspiration while I am building a piece as well as while I am staining. Works great and I have found that since I did this I am actually thinking of how a piece will be colored as I am making it. I have never done that before. Amy Sanders said that she knows while she is making a piece what color would go where and I remember thinking that day in her workshop that I had never done that. Now I do.
Another helpful thing from a recent workshop was hearing Judith Duff say that she cleans her studio every night before she leaves so it is fresh for her the next morning. I have started doing that and am finding that to be a huge help. There have been days when I started to work on something and would have such a mess that I would spend half the day cleaning and then have no motivation to work. I have been in a good stride this week and seem to have a good work flow going. Hope it keeps up. the past couple of months have been crazy with little getting done. Firing a kiln Wednesday and then another round of staining and another firing. Then V.a.c.a.t.i.o.n.!!!! By the way, the flower vase is one of the first pieces of pottery Gerry ever bought me, from Danny Marley down in Seagrove. Gerry was down there when Danny was just a kid doing a story on him for the newspaper. It is so simple and yet so perfect. It has always been one of my favorite pieces.
PS: if you haven't checked it out, I have added Jessica Lobdell photo blog on my blog roll. If you want to see some really pretty photography of NC check her out. She is a local girl taking some very nice pics :)