Monday, November 15, 2010
Possible Studio Assistant
Saturday we went to the local seafood festival and had a nice time. I met several local potters I know and ran into the wood turner who I visited a few months back. I also found out a local woman teaches pine needles basket weaving. I plan on taking a class from her. She lives about 15 minutes from me. I'll be adding a few more booth photos to my blog page when I have time.
When I got home I unloaded the bisque and thought to myself, I can quickly get these glazed and fire this load. I decided to glaze in the garage right next to the kiln. Gary helped set up a table and I immediately started glazing. Next thing you know Gary opens the garage door and asks are you alive in there? I said yes. He said do you know what time it is. I said no. The back door has a blind on it and the big door was closed to keep dust out while I'm glazing. Gary said it's five o'clock in the morning. I got so carried away I stayed up all night glazing.
I still wasn't finished, so I talked Gary into glazing some magnets I made with scrap clay. He finished them for me and brought them into the garage for me to load. He said glazing is very relaxing. Do you think I have a possible studio assistant? I hope so. Actually Gary helps me quite a bit, but I didn't think I could talk him into glazing. He used to make model airplanes when he was a kid and says he likes detail work. I think hand glazing is right up his alley.
Since I hand brush all the glazes it takes me quite a while. And I have to stir up all the glazes and thin them if they need it. Then several of the pieces I glazed this time have two or three colors on them. I finally finished glazing yesterday and will start the kiln this morning. Keep your fingers crossed I used some unusual combinations of glazes this time. Stay tuned for some colorful work coming up soon.