Monday, January 23, 2012

All loaded ... then wait


The next couple of days will be busy with various non-pottery things, which means that the newly-loaded kiln will sit quietly until Thursday. No time to fire over the next couple of days. The Shinos in there will have time to mature at 60 degrees.
This will be the third firing since Christmas, which means that the gallery in the back yard is full of pots, with more on the way with this firing. I'm trying to build inventory for the spring and summer shows. The path to the gallery is cold and white right now, after yesterday's ten inches of snow, and it's likely to remain that way. Few pots go out of here this time of year.
It's fine, though. I like working in the studio when it's snowing or raining or simply winter cold outside. NPR or iPhone music on the radio, pots building up on the wareboards, coffee nearby. Could be a lot worse.
And it appears I'll have a student intern from Falmouth High School working here for a couple of months through the Cape Cod Museum of Art intern program. That may mean I have to clean things up around here.
Photo: Top rear shelf, with vases glazed in layered Shinos and ash glazes.

6 comments:

Anna M. Branner said...

Clean up before the intern? Heck let the intern do the cleaning! Great way to learn what's what!

cookingwithgas said...

I think Anna has the right idea- break her in right- here's a mop!
Love your description of your snowy working weather... sounds dreamy, oh, wait you said snow...

Dennis Allen said...

No more throwing in the nude.

angela walford said...

lovely stuff hollis and great plan preparing for spring!!

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Agreed- I love the cozy feeling of working with clay inside where it's warm while the weather blows around outside! Love the bottles~ can't wait to see them fired up :)

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, all. I'll consider getting a new mop for the intern. But she needs to learn to throw, so she'll probably spend more time doing that. And yes, Dennis, I'll no doubt have to forego the nude throwing. It's cold out there, anyway.
I should fire the kiln Friday, after a few busy days doing things I couldn't avoid doing.