Everything I made in April and May is now on the store. I have mixed a fresh batch of clay (140 pounds), and I am starting on my June throwing. We have cleared the site for the new workshop, and we are close to excavation.
We have a new neighbor since the fire, and we have done a few projects together. My part-time Safeway job is going well too. They are very accommodating of my pottery efforts. My temporary workshop is running smoothly, and my glaze effects are performing well. I have been filling preorders successfully since early Spring, with outside diameters up to 9".
What I miss most these days are setting up and tearing down the pottery display, and everything in between. I look forward to unloading the van early once again, orienting the rack toward the brightest patch of sky, leveling it solidly.. pottery out by sunrise, arranging it into a flow, the whole display coming to life.. energetic discussion and fresh perspectives..
Sending my artwork into the world is the light at the end of my tunnel.
The dragon steins were a good test of my process in the little pumphouse, and small kiln. The video of it is lively, showing many steps, throwing through glazing, etc..
I have become proficient with a cutting torch, 37 years after the last time I picked one up. All of the metal scrap has gone to the salvage yard, in 3 foot chunks. This will be useful when it is time to repair my big kiln.
The tenmoku glaze effects are especially hard to capture in photographs, so I took these 10 second videos, rotating them in direct sunlight. In different firings, or in different parts of the same firing, fired once or twice, thicker or thinner, tenmoku produces remarkably diverse fired results. Each piece can be different on every side, or consistent all around. Combined with other glazes, or applied in a solid coat. the range of glaze effects is intruiging.