i loaded the wood kiln today and was hoping to fire tomorrow but the weather has other plans. we're having a nice shower now so i'll postpone until wednesday.
i'm ready to get these pots out of here, i've grown tired of this "stage" that i've been stuck in. i've been stuck in this phase where i am emulating work from other people that i really admire. this is the pottery way of learning and growing i suppose but some of my work has been stuck here for a couple years. some of my pieces have become my own but others seem to just be taking their time. its frustrating and frankly can be embarrassing at times. i'm looking forward to a little time out of the studio to pursue some woodworking projects, hopefully that will help clear my head. enough of that garbage for now. moving on.
embarrassing headphone shot. this bowl i'm wadding was 23" and took some kiln stacking genius to get the 24" shelves over it in a stable fashion. i put shells on the bottom and stacked it on top of that platter thats sitting in the kiln, they had the same size footring so i'm hoping there won't be any issues with that.
loading kilns isn't very glamorous. especially when you've been having too many sodas and donuts lately. ouch.
i'm not that fond of texas(which probably means i'll be here forever) but do i have the right to complain when we can sit on our front porch and see this? my wifes the photographer.
i'm going to be pretty busy this week. the schedule looks like this:
monday: finish gathering/chopping firewood
tuesday: teach classes, glaze porcelain pots and start loading redux. kiln
wednesday: fire wood kiln
thursday: teach classes, fire redux. kiln
friday: unload wood kiln/load wood kiln
saturday: fire wood kiln
sunday: pass out.
now that i've mapped it out something is bound to go wrong so i've left 5 extra days(3 potential firing days) before the houston show, i'm thinking ahead this time. if i get it all done this week, so much the better. these will be the last firings for my wood kiln, i'll be rebuilding a larger version sometime this fall/winter. it is just too small for the effort but it is what i could afford at the time. it has been a great learning tool with the small loads and quick turn around, but now i feel i'm ready to commit to something larger. i have another project that needs attention but i don't want to speak of it yet so as not to jinx it. it has something to do with our homesale in nov. or dec.(suppose i should settle on a date), i'll leave it at that.