Friday, April 23, 2010
Duty and Desire
Clay cravings appear out of no where and I am constantly pulled between duty and desire. Duty has been pushed to the forefront so I can organize my studio and satisfy my desire for clay. This week I got a few steps closer to my goal.
I looked at several used kilns, including an Olympic gas kiln, but have ruled them all out. I was happy to be given information about the gas kiln by Tracey Broome, thanks Tracey. Today I talked to Joan at Bennett's Pottery and Judy Shreve, thanks Judy, had referred me there. I am looking at a square L&L kiln. Since I make mostly one off pieces and handbuilt ceramics and I have a bad back I thought a square kiln would be easier for me to load.
I found out about a pottery class at the local community college so I decided to stop in and see what was going on. I met the instructor and all the students and, surprise, I signed up for the next six weeks. The class rotate every four weeks, but there are no classes after May until the end of August, so I figured I could handlea few weeks before summer. The class works with mid fire clay and raku. I think I'm in for a real treat as I have always wanted to try raku. I picked up 25 pounds of Laguna Frost clay which I am trying now.
I have been researching cabinets for my studio and the cost of anything nowadays is unbelieveable. I decided to watch the ads for some used cabinets and even put an wanted ad locally. Today I found an ad for a complete kitchen full of cabinets, uppers and lowers and counters, being taken out. I rushed right over there and paid for them. They are taking them out on Sunday and we'll pick them up and bring them home then.
When we went to pay for the used kitchen cabinets, all the while I was telling Gary what a good deal they were. Gary said, "You don't have to convince me about the cabinets, it's the kiln you need to concentrate on convincing me on". Ha! I haven't told Gary about duty and desire yet, but come to think about it, he probably already knows. Comments and suggestions are welcome.