It's Molly Roske's birthday this Saturday and I thought it would be nice to send something down to Guatemala. Busy with the garden, this is my most recent 'art' to show off. I did make stamps last week, but I'll get pictures of those later.
Since the paper was 20X30 inches, I figured the best way to send it down would be to cut it up. Now, Molly will be getting a 24 piece puzzle.
Mizue and I unloaded last Thursday, but I didn't get a chance to look at my pots very closely. To be honest, the first glance is always the toughest, so it was much easier to set them aside and look at them later. A suspenseful opening:
A closer look a few days later... go figure: my favorites were dipped in Mizue's scrap glaze.
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How about some slab cups? They still need a little refining, but here's round 1 at least.
...When it comes to wood firing that is.
Clyde lit the kiln at 5am. Donna and Mizue were on shift when I arrived around 1pm. Splitting more wood and stoking was the name of the game until I left at 1am (I would have stayed later, but I had to get up before 6am to watch Linus--not much sleep!). The firing went fairly well, although slow and long--Mizue ended up staying up until 7am! A 26 hour firing has become more common for Mizue's kiln although it was originially built to be an 8 hour firing (can you believe it?). I guess we didn't quite make it to temperature and the cones never went down, but we'll see how it went when we open her up on Saturday. Mizue thinks we were at high temp long enough for the pots to be okay, but only time will tell.
Friday was glaze/loading day, so in the morning while Mizue finished loading her work into the kiln, I glazed my pots along side another artist, Donna Downing. I used Mizue's glazes which included shino, teadust, and temoku.
Next of course was wadding and loading...
"will work for..." should be the title of my life (or at least this stage of my life). So, in addition to this whole working as a nanny and gardener in exchange for studio space and a place to live, I have now extended the list to include splitting wood in exchange for wood kiln space--not surprising. Luckily, Mizue Croswell was okay with the exchange too.
My first month in the studio--May--before I started a blog:
May 20, 2009
View to the SE of studio:
The place to be?
May 26, 2009
Free range really means free range here at Smith Meadows:
Missing part of the fence=not quite goat proof yet... at least they're not cows?
One of three sets of shelves=my shelves!
Of course I would put up some posters!
May 27, 2009
In exchange for studio space, I am nannying and gardening...
May 28, 2009
Thursdays are ravioli days. Nancy needed an extra set of hands so I put my slab rolling skills to work.
May 29, 2009
Nancy at work...
...accompanied by Linus.