22 hours ago
Handled mugs, thrown, trimmed sides and bottom and the handles attached and pulled into shape. these are bone dry now and will soon be bisque fired and glazed when my kilns arrive. i think it’s safe to say there’ll be enough to go around compared to my usual shop updates that stock three or so.
i’ve never had the chance to produce as much as i have now, in the past when selling work i was still only even making for myself two days a week, now i can do as much as i’d like, with of course a whole new side of admin that comes with running and looking after your own studio. not every day can be a making day and i’m getting used to that. alongside running my instagram account days on the computer are common, editing images, replying to emails, ordering in more materials and printing all the labels for my packages. at least i have an online presence as otherwise i’d be a hermit in my studio.
i’ve received a lot of emails asking if i’m going to be teaching workshops now i have a space. at the moment i only have two wheels and most likely i wont get many more as my workshop just isn’t large enough. so, if they do happen it’ll be on a small scale, with perhaps 3-4 places maximum, or they’ll be focused on other skills such as handle pulling or learning how to fire a gas kiln, if there’s interest for that?
these mugs change a lot in the following stages, when bone dry like this they all share a uniformity briefly before being altered by the kind of glazes that are dipped over and how the firing treats each of them. what i like about the glazes i use is that there’s a lot of variety, sometimes it moves more or the flames can create gradients of hue if one part is scorched more than the other and dots of iron appear randomly as it bubbles out and melts on the surface into a tiny pool.