Sunday, 21 October 2012

New Studio Roof...and some pots

Pottery isn’t always about pots. Sometimes it’s about fixing a leaky roof. And that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. It’s been a disruptive month actually: the old leaky studio was so dilapidated the rain was pouring in like a tap. The whole roof had to be taken off and a new one put on - which of course meant clearing everything out of the studio and storing it elsewhere. And for added disruption the weather decided to be as wet and windy as possible! In the meantime I’ve managed somehow to continue making pots on corners of tables and in between the sounds of drilling. And although the roof is now watertight, there are still some details to finish and electrics that need putting in…

I’m really pleased though with my new roof! Studio space is so important to making – I find that if I feel comfortable in a space then it makes all the difference to the work. When the builders left I spent a few days painting the walls and fixing all the windows myself – so at the moment it feels like a brand new workroom. From now on the ‘new’ part of the studio will be a glazing/firing room while the other part of the studio will remain a making/throwing room. I hope by dividing the working space into two separate areas this will create a better flow of production. So I’m looking forward to a more efficient studio space once everything is finished.

In the meantime though I thought I’d show you some photos of the larger bird bowl design I was making in the last blog post. I’m quite pleased with the result. I only made two of these as test pieces really – the rest of the batch I made without ‘tails’ so they can be used as normal pouring/batter bowls.

And that’s October nearly over already! Next month it will be Christmas shows…

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