Thanks for popping in. Hot, innit! Had a fantastic pottery day again today, doing Raku with a bunch of lovely people. Boy oh boy! Do those teachers work hard! Hats off to Eunice and Helen for keeping going all day in the blazing sun!
Most of my little pots came out beautifully, and I was delighted with them.
But the big piece, the piece I have been working on for weeks went howwibly wong….
How can something so perfect….
end up so completely ruined?
At first, I thought maybe it’s supposed to look like that. Maybe if I rub hard, it will shed the shitty grey layer, and a wonderful naked raku vase will emerge.
So I rubbed, and I rubbed, and I rubbed. I rubbed until my arm ached and I broke the rim.
Yes I know. Such a shame. Especially since I’ve been working on this poxy vase every Wednesday class for the best part of a month ! But I’ll tell you what. I definitely learned what NOT to do next time. And I had such a blast all day. It also did me good to get a rubbish result, because I am reminded how frustrating it sometimes is for our workshop participants when we do our retreats. Folks occasionally get really upset when their work goes Pete Tong. I get it, I REALLY do!! And even more so after today! But like I said to Dave, no point in crying over spoilt milk. It’s a pot, that’s all. A pot went wong Pete Tong!
Can’t wait till the next raku day now! And I will have another go ay the naked RAKU, but on a smaller piece, and I think I know where it went wrong.
Love & Hugs,