Thursday, November 7, 2013
I thought this would be easy
Well, that sealed my fate of course! I couldn't just leave well enough alone and be quietly happy that my kiln has been good to me lately.....
I'm not that into clay making these days anyway, but I was messing around with some coils the other day, thinking I would start some coil pots, and I made a few snakes just for fun. I thought that maybe if I just made some stuff for the fun of it, instead of worrying about quantity and cost effectiveness and time management and gallery sales and special photography for publication, blah blah blah.... that I might actually get back to enjoying clay. Well, that lasted about a minute today.
Let the cursing begin. The first little stripey snake turned out great and I was excited to fire the rest of them
and the rest were just a big fat F.U.B.A.R.
my pyrometer has decided it doesn't really want to tell me the true temp in my kiln, my glazes have decided they don't really want to participate in copper reduction, my stilts want to stick like a mofo to the glaze, the wind wanted to blow, the sky wanted to rain, glazes overfired, underfired...... I lost all of the blue snakes due to glaze malfunction.
so much for enjoying the process.
and then.........Gerry said this.......
"why don't you just make cheap knick knacks that people can afford instead of the $200 houses you have been making?"
Can I just say....... this has not set too well with me. Is that what I make? knick knacks? Fuck, I know what he meant, and he was truly not meaning to insult my work, and he is right on the stop making expensive work that no one can afford thing. But, all along I was thinking my pretty stars were hand crafted one of a kind items that you would love to buy for a friend or family member for Christmas or just collect for yourself.
Knick knack....... this statement came after me trying in vain to explain how near impossible it is for me to be a full time potter and spend any time at all with my family. I have a husband whose schedule changes on a daily basis, so I adjust to fit that. I nearly drove myself mad the past few years trying to fit the crazy nature of clay into his schedule, so I have backed way off, it's not worth it to me. Well, never mind, nobody's listening.........
Anyway, here is the small amount of work I have to show for two days of glazing and firing my raku kiln. Not a lot. I managed to get two dozen stars that are quite pretty, and they are inexpensive and you can call them a knick knack if that's what floats your boat. I also made this small dish for testing a new glaze and it went crazy in reduction, unlike everything else. And I got some very nice beads for my weekend workshop.
Tomorrow I leave for the NC coast to spend the weekend with 12 other women making jewelry with the lovely Nina Bagley. I am beyond excited to meet Nina and make something other than clay!
I did get a bunch of beads from this firing, so all is not lost. Just some other stuff, like the snakes I was really digging for a minute. I'll be back later