Thanks for popping in. I’m watching our Paul on telly whilst writing the blog here. He’s doing a cracking job. Do join him on HOCHANDA while he showcases Tina’s layering stamps. Great price.
What glorious sunny weather we have had down here in Kent today! Dave has gone off for a cruise on his Harley before it gets dark, and I am playing catch up, having been out all day.
Can I share my day with you? I have had such a BRILLIANT time at a Raku pottery workshop !!! The raku process is fascinating. There are so many variables, from which glaze at which temperature, to where your piece is placed in the kiln,you really don’t know what you’re going to get. So 10 of us spent a happy day in a beautiful garden, in complete anticipation of what might result, and total acceptance of what did.
This was my little stash of pots which I have been preparing over weeks. Threw them and turned them on the wheel myself. These have been fired to bisque, ready for the next phase….
6 hours later, here they all are – each one now has its own character. I was very fortunate that they all worked. We did have some casualties; a few pieces cracked when they were submerged in the water. But that’s the name of the game: no guarantees. I was fortunate.
Let’s move in a little closer….
There was one happy accident. I had painted on a cobalt blue glaze, but it bubbled up and blistered in the kiln. Maybe too hot. Maybe painted on too thickly. Bit different. At first glance, I thought yuck. But apparently, this is all the rage in pottery world right now! This really gritty, crater texture is where it’s at! So I will sit with it until I love it.
There is a great German expression which perfectly describes how I feel every now and then : wunschlos glücklich. Literally translated, wishlessly happy. In other words, there is nothing that I could wish for which would add to my life or make my life happier. That’s where I’m at right now.
Ahh. The Harley is growling in the drive. I do like that sound. I really ought to get mine out too, fire it up and ride out behind Dave, or accept the fact that I’m never going to, and sell it. But that’s not something I have to decide today, is it.
Time to go and cook tea.
Love and hugs,