I’m entering a couple crazy weeks of production, in preparation for a show on the weekend of June 25-26. The goal is to make as many pots as possible in the next two weeks, so as to allow the week after that for glazing and firing, and the week after that for organizing logistics and stabilizing my tendency to panic. We’ll see!
Yesterday I made 18 pieces, 10 pieces short of my goal for the day. It’s hard work! But in a weird way, it’s great to push myself and see how much I can do–and I think I’ll get really good at making things along the way, or at least learn how to be more efficient.
Here are a few pictures of where I work and what I’m making:
For olives, crackers, fruit, etc.
New invention! I call it “small serving boat”.
Mug with subtle swirl.
Yesterday’s batch of handbuilt mugs.
Handbuilt embossed mug–one of my favorite patterns.
Mug handles drying. (Notice household trash being put to good use.)
A bowl bottom that turned out well.
Buttons, beads, butter dish, and beans–on a board.
Porcelain butter dish. In background–bag o’ beans, which I use to weight flat pieces to prevent warping.
Mugsh! Drying on their batts until I can take them off.
Ingredients for handbuilding and embossing.
Sketches I made during church the day they decided to have three sermons.
My clay notebook, where I keep exhaustive lists of what I make, measurements, and glaze types.
My planning/packing/shipping/bookkeeping center!
My somewhat-depleted pottery shelf. Thanks, customers!
Hanger for doilies and other things (like these awesome pods I picked up on a walk).
Desk with scale, kneading boards, and pots; inspiration board and calendar; branch for effect.
Inspiration and don’t-forget-to-make-this board.
Southeast corner of my studio–pots and doilies drying, painting that I just stare at and never finish. Yes, there are lots of newspapers and plastic bags on the floor, and that’s the way I like it.
A pleasant day of making with the sun shining outside (and the air conditioning on)!