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!