It’s been well over a year since opening the kiln last and I was surprised to find work waiting to be fired. Two mugs, a canister that was supposed to be a tea pot, trials of some printmaking techniques and a few crazy sea squirt creations. Back in the winter of 2009, I had the opportunity to take a workshop from Ginger Steele when my mom was ill. Ginger specializes in beautifully stamped thrown and hand-built wares. Many of her pieces grace our cupboards and counter top. I was hoping the workshop would help push me back into the world of ceramics but it was not to be. However, I did create two mugs and the canister/teapot. Life happens. My mom died in 2010, cancer diagnosis with my dad (plus 7 broken vertebrae), my own illness and that year was pretty much a waste. Fortunately art projects helped with the healing process.
The sea squirts, as I recall, were pretty fun to make. Maybe more to come depending on how the firing goes.
26 bowls are now loaded and cooking as I type this entry. 5 colors total for the interior: deep yellow, maroon, avocado, cinnamon & electric blue. At some point tomorrow I’ll be able to pop open the lid and see the results. Tracie will be receiving her bowls on schedule! My family & Dave’s will have to wait. Dave scheduled an Austin trip starting Christmas day. I get to stay home with the evil dogs & work on pottery.
Oregon & the Pacific Northwest are loaded with potters of all types. Finding a niche in the field seems difficult, but artists do it all the time. Do I want to find a place in the ceramic world? The jury is still out. I’m just trying to figure out where I fit with art in general. I keep getting pulled in so many directions depending on what I need/want to say.
A good friend loaned me his kick wheel many years ago. If he ever wants to reclaim it, I would happily give it back. Especially if it helped get him back into ceramics! Sean, I’m talking to you man!