Friday, June 26, 2009
Greenware's piling up around here and I have to do something about it. I have greenware on shelves, under beds, in the closets, in the studio, under chairs, in boxes, etc. Where did it all come from? Some is because of my rule to myself to use up every bit of my cone 10 clay before I could dip into the fresh bags of Cone 5/6 clay I have. I have just a wee bit more and then it's all gone. Then I have to bisque, glaze, and fire the cone 10 pieces. I also have to do some glaze tests for Cone 5/6 glazes. Then I have quite of bit of cone 5/6 greenware from earlier in the year I have to bisque, glaze and fire. Oh and a friend of mine has some greenware here too.
So I'm running out of room, because greenware is filling ever nook and cranny available. I'll have to set aside about a week to do some firing. And I have to do that before I'll allow myself to make anything more. So what's keeping me from doing all these firings? Please bear with me while I think out loud.
Well I was sick for a while, but now that I'm better, I still don't want to do the firing. Just writing this is putting me into withdrawal. Does anyone else feel that way? I've only fired my kiln once and already I don't want to do it. I just want to make more pieces in clay. I've been having so much fun I just can't help myself. Perhaps I am on a roll, a creative roll, and I don't want to stop till I stop rolling naturally. I think that's a big part of it. I don't want to loose the momentum I have now.
I wonder if I became spoiled using the studio at the college? I made my pieces, loaded them in the kiln, and they did the firing. Then when they came out I glazed all the pieces, loaded them back in the kiln, and they did the firing. That's a hard habit to break. For almost five years that was the schedule for me. During the summers I just made work and set it aside till the Fall. Of course, I didn't have control over the firings, perhaps I should be reminding myself of that fact.
I've also realized the college kiln was much larger so I was in the habit of making a lot of pieces and then having them all fired. My kiln here is small, therefore I'll have to do more firings. It seems really small to me, I have my eye open for a larger used kiln. I also don't have as much room to store greenware here as I did at the college, hence the backup. I guess I have to reorganize my internal clay clock to work within the parameters I have now.
I have some serious thinking and organizing to do to make all this work. I hope you don't mind reading about some garden and cooking related posts over the next week or so, while I reduce the backlog of greenware around here. Above you see a photo of what my vegetable bins look like now with red Swiss chard, then Brussels sprouts and the pink flowers on the right are some Jim, of Sofia's Dad's Pots, will appreciate, bee balm. But ... before I move on to the garden and cooking posts, up next will be Bats in the Belfry! Yes, please come back so see a real live bat!