Finally! Back to making pottery after a winter break. What a perfect weekend to be in the studio. Temps were in the 50’s and 60’s and the sun was shining like we haven’t seen in awhile. The first day I turned on the electric heater to knock off the chill, but the second day Danny had the garage doors raised, so I left the studio door open and let the warmth of the sun come in. I love it when I can work with the doors open to the outside.
First order of business – yarn bowls. Danny made up 10 balls of clay. Soon after that, mud was flying and yarn bowls were taking shape.
This was the first centered ball of the year.
I expected to need a little time to get back in the throwing groove, but I was surprised to find it all came back to me quickly and after awhile 10 yarn bowls, 3 birdhouses, 2 mugs and 2 small bowls were filling the drying racks. Very satisfying to head upstairs at the end of the day with the racks full once again.
After drying overnight, the leather hard pieces were ready to trim. I enjoy trimming as much as I do throwing. That last little bit of refining brings out the form of the piece. Handles and thumb rests were put on the mugs. I made these two hoping to give Danny a nice new mug for his coffee. I’ll let him decide on the glaze and which shape and size he likes best. One has a fairly large belly and the other is taller and straighter. I hope they turn out well.
The first trimmed piece of 2014 is ready to start drying.
The birdhouses still need holes, roofs and perches. I’ll do those tomorrow. Then I’ll be ready to start the next round of throwing!