sunday brings the dawn in

spent the morning finishing up the pots i threw when i was firing on tuesday; which included putting handles on cups and trimming a few lids.  while putting the handles on i was thinking about the actual motions of it all, i suppose prepping for a fall semester of beginning throwing and all that entails.  i realize from time to time when throwing i am guilty of going through the motions letting muscle memory carry me, but i began to delve a little further with my handles and think about it more, which led me to play some lou reed in the studio and think about his proficiency in tai chi.

the ware made during tuesdays firing

the ware made during tuesdays firing

 

All in all it was a pretty good firing, I had a few pieces that I knew what masking would be done and I managed to get those sandblasted and shot today; the rest I am letting sit with me a little bit longer, listening to them and thinking about them before I commit to their final look.  I am pretty pleased but looking forward to working on some new forms next week and getting perhaps 10 more done and a few more wall pieces to add to the mix.  Its also application season for several opportunities so my hard earned cash shall be going to be considered as it were.

But for now here is a new one from the summer

we lifted up our hands to promise and reciprocate

we lifted up our hands to promise and reciprocate

Summer

spent part of the last 3 weeks making work and empty bowls (kiln fodder) yesterday i fired it up and at first glance things were pretty nice.  i’ve got a couple of days to figure out masking options for a few and then i shall sandblast and shoot and get things entered before the various deadlines that are approaching.  Most important is the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics.

new work and empty bowls for spring

new work and empty bowls for spring

 

I spent most of yesterday throwing stoneware for upcoming salt firings and after listening to my back complain that it was old and needed a rest.  I wound up doing some more cleaning in the studio and came across this on my wipe board from the spring.

wipe board shot

one of our our ‘sassy ceramic spinsters’ (their wording not mine) left me this note after a semester of forgetting to turn it off.  which on the big scale of things is really not so bad. they are such bright, creative and hard hard workers and I know the studio won’t be the same this fall.  Two of them headed off to graduate programs and i can only they are ones that make the world a better place.