Even though I will not be around this Saturday, there will be an open house to view the building, including a quilting demonstration by my wife, a studio tour, and pottery on display. The city of Wykoff is having their annual Fall Fest this weekend, including a parade, food, homebrew contest, and bluegrass jam. The open house will be after the parade (about noon) through the afternoon. I will not be around since I have to work at my ‘real job’ this Saturday, but my lovely wife and brand new son will be there to greet everyone and show you around. Feel free to stop by!
Despite the excitements of the past few weeks (mainly due to the birth of my first son, which has devoted most-if not all-of my time the past eleven days) I have been able to fire the kiln a few times. I still have one more firing to do (which is currently firing now) and then I will be all caught up. Once classes start in October I will have a little more time to work in the studio again. Which will be nice.
Everything has been turning out pretty nice, which is a good sign for the new elements. I had a couple pieces drip onto the shelving, but I think that was due more to lazy glazing by myself than any issues from the new elements. Every firing I get a little more picky about the glaze on my pieces and I can say they have come a long way from when I started. I’m very excited to start mixing some of my own glazes (I am just using commercial glazes at the moment) but I just don’t have the volume of pieces or space to store each ingredient.
After the classes end in November I will have to make a trip to Minnesota Clay and Continental Clay to get more clay, glazes, and tools to reload for the beginning of the year. This might be my biggest flaw, is my desire to always look for something new – I never stay with one thing for very long. This might be good in one respect, in that I can constantly explore my creativity, but on the other hand, I don’t always fully work out an idea before I move on. Something I need to work on.
A few people have already signed up for classes so don’t be shy and get your name on the list! It will be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to it!
Now that I have the kiln up and running, I can now start planning for classes and workshops this fall. I have schedule two sessions of classes starting in October and finishing in mid November. I am also trying to create a couple short one or two-day workshops for specific goals (like tiles, handbuilding, etc.). The class schedule is as follows:
Introduction to the Pottery Wheel: Thursday nights, 6:30-9PM, October 14th through November 18th.
Introduction to the Pottery Wheel: Sunday nights, 6-8:30PM, October 17th through November 21st.
If you have any questions or need any information, just let me know! I am very excited to start classes this fall and I am glad I have time to teach them. I always learn something new each class I teach, and get new ideas for my work. It helps me keep things fresh, and un-stale. Should be fun!
To sign up for classes, contact Jennifer Dessner of Kingsland Community Education at 507-346-7276 x 4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org