I confess I am not particularly religious, but this verse seems quite inspirational to me, today.
I am mixing up a new glaze and a new terra sigillata today, to test in the firing scheduled to load 3/19. Gotta have some new surfaces for those 100 mugs!
Wax White Glaze
41 Custer Spar
12 Gerstley Borate
5 Tennesee Ball Clay
Add: Zircopax, 5%
Lipton Terra Sig
This came from Jeff Lipton, a winter resident at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts.
1300 Ball Clay
200 Red Art
Jeff suggested 14 cups of water, but that seemed too thick to me. I've always applied sig in a very thin layer. So, I almost doubled the water. I may live to regret that.
I swore I would not get distracted this weekend, but there are more important things than pottery, after all. My nephew, Sawyer Francis Keenan was born yesterday morning. Sawyer was a month early but all - mother, baby, and father (my kid brother!) - are doing well.
At almost the same time, a friend of ours was found dead in his home, of unknown causes. He was 48.
So naturally I have not been in the studio much. I did manage to finish the last two mugs(above).
After the firing(and all the random distractions) knocked me out of my groove, I think I lost my nerve a bit. I made the first seventy-five, boom-boom-boom, one idea suggesting the next; but when I came back to the wet end of the cycle, I found I was having trouble coming up with different mugs. I put it off for a little while, but finally decided the only way to do it was to do it, and risk making a few redundant or bad mugs, in order to get back in the groove. I also decided it was time to get (funnily enough) way out of my comfort zone, and make some mugs which were plain, with no alteration, stamping, carving, or slip-trailing. These I will plan to do some brushwork on, with glazes; not my forte. My hero in that skill is Carl Erikson, of North Main Studios in Stillwater, Minnesota. Here are a few of Carl's pots:
I have no illusions of creating anything quite so impressive, but again, this excercise is pushing me into territories where I wouldn'nt normally stray.
Couple of quick, unrelated notes: