Saturday, May 30, 2009

i'm back and still no pots.

Well, I'm back. I arrived home Wednesday afternoon(which coincidentally was my 28th birthday) after a week of helping my brother do some renovation around his home in Kansas. My brother is almost seven years older than me and we were never all that close so we don't spend much time together, we joked that this was probably the most time we'd spent together since I was about 8 or 9 years old. I always thought that my brother and I were like night and day, he was an accomplished athlete in college and married the homecoming queen. He is now an accountant and a happy suburban homeowner with 2.5 kids and the proverbial picket fence. I am not any of those things. Though we are different in lifestyle we have the exact same personality. I was amazed at how well we got on together(not that there is any tension there, we just don't know each other all that well) strange, huh?

Anyways, back to business. I have about 1200 pounds of clay in the racks right now, the batch outside is just about ready and the batch inside will need a few more days. I also have a small batch of porcelain reclaim that will be ready in a few days as well.

I have been messing around in the woodshop the last couple days working on my treadle wheel. I had to redo a few pieces after the green lumber fiasco but I now have all the pieces for the frame finished. The plans call for this whole thing to be able to be disassembled and held together with bolts. I had a few joints that I felt were questionable so I felt that gluing this part of the frame together and bolting the rest would be the best solution for me. The problem with gluing the whole thing together is 1) it's freakin heavy, and 2) at 34" wide it will only fit through 36" doors. This seemed to be a decent solution for me though it'll take up some real estate when we move some day.

I'm teaching a summer class that will start on Monday. That will keep me occupied in the mornings and I hope to make enough pots to fire at the end of June. I'm thinking of making some pots for a redux. firing in the middle of June, we'll see if that happens. The showroom is looking really empty right now which I suppose is good in a way, so I'd better get cracking.

So long for now.


Peter said...

Happy Birthday! It is interesting how our relationships within families can change over the years. We can start to get on with people that we never did before, and realize similarities rather than differences. Good luck with the treadle wheel construction.

Anonymous said...

yeah i had a similar thing with my bro... i left for college when he was 12 or so and now when we get together i realized that we just don't know each other as well as we would like

doug said...

i am glad you had a good time with your brother. happy birthday! i didn't remeber that we were so close. june 15 i will be 30!~