Sunday: I've started doing "Open Studio" on Sundays from 12-4pm at Savannah's Clay Spot for Lisa Bradley. It was really great meeting new people and I also started working with cone 6 Helios porcelain from Highwater Clay. It was interesting to throw because I only worked with a porcelanious body briefly in undergrad. Since then it was stoneware or low-fire. I mixed a batch of cone 6 porcelain casting slip as well to test the durability of the clay in modern appliances. My goal is to have a casting slip that is highly functional and doesn't crack for any apparent reason. My only concern with this new body is the shrinkage. I would like to continue to make mason jars, but I don't know how it would effect the size of the jar. To be honest having a tiny mason jar might be the bee's knees. :)
Monday-Wednesday afternoon: Monday morning started off at a relaxed pace; however, I quickly remembered that I had two different sets of work due to be submitted at galleries by Friday. One was going to Minnesota. Interjection about this piece. A few weeks ago, I visited my gallery in town only to discover I had sold a few pieces. One was a yellow teapot. I came home to find a notification from the "It's Only Clay" juried show in Bemidji, MN, as well. I fully anticipated none of my pieces being accepted, but, yes, that damn little yellow teapot was the only one accepted. (Have a learned my lesson about submitting pieces I don't have in stock? We'll see, we'll see.) So, in a frenzy, I construct another one and slide it into firings with scheduled student work to be fired. I couldn't use the test kiln to glaze the little guy cause my boss was doing piggy back firings with it, so I resorted to waiting for the longer firings. Resume to Monday, my teapot came out looking just like the other. See here:
There are nuances between the two (the difference in color is only due to the image quality), but I was pretty happy with the result. I sit down to my fedex.com to calculate shipping time and holy crap, this pot is going to MN! It's going to take 3 days to get there! I firmly REFUSE to ship anything that is costlier than ground shipping. Needless, to say it made it in time, and hopefully all in one piece.
I also had to ship two other sets of work to the "Nellie Allen Smith Juried Pottery Competition" in Fayetteville, NC. Obviously, I have more time to package these pieces, because it only takes one day to get there. My only concern here is that I am really nervous about my teapot breaking because it is a tricky construction.
(I was sleeping in this morning and got a strange phone call and I was scared it was one of the galleries calling to say that my pieces had broken...it wasn't, but still.) Since this show is a pottery competition, there are prizes, and I really hope this piece will be a winner of something. I won't be able to make it to the opening on Friday, October 28, but I will be visiting the gallery that weekend with my family to see the show, so maybe it will be a joyous celebration!
Wednesday afternoon-Thursday night: I have mentioned that Yves is doing a commission for the new SCAD Museum of Art. Well, this week all of the pieces came out of the bisque and were ready to be glazed. There were well over a 100 of these varying shapes. I worked close to 10 hours after work in 2 days. Have I revealed that I am a gal who needs her 8-10 hrs of sleep? I had a rough week waking up and getting to work on time. I thought the project was over Thursday night, but I think that he might need me this weekend for some finishing touches. I know we are both ready to breathe a sigh of relief with this project. It has been extremely too stressful.
Friday morning: Raku time rolls around again and I forgot to refill the propane tanks and scrape/kiln wash the shelves. I needed to be at work at 7am to get stuff done for the event at 8am. Hmm, have I revealed that I am a gal who needs her sleep? Definitely woke up at 7:22am. Disastrous morning and no details needed, but grounds in the coffee, driving over curbs, and cussing other drivers were involved. Yesterday, ended up being pretty great, but I really enjoyed the bottle of wine and Fresh Market apple pie/ice cream last night after this week. I think I might go enjoy another piece now, and of course, go for a run later. ;)