It's been a while since the last post. A lot has happened over the past 3 months. The studio had it's opening at the end of July which was a great success and good fun. A lot of people turned up, bought plenty of pots, drank the wine and ate all the food - what more could one ask for. Since then there has been a steady flow of customers and I must say I could not have wished it to go any better.
I finally finished the 2 of the 3 fossil panels I spoke about in the last blog. And very pleased that one has sold already. They are quite time consuming but very enjoyable to make.
I have got some work in a local shop/gallery which seems to be going well and have had some work in a gallery near Colchester. The gallery is a delightful converted barn called the Geedon Gallery. Sales have been really good there and I have been down several times taking more work. Unfortunately for my bank balance it is quite near West Mersea and my partner is very keen on oysters so we usually make a detour to the Oyster Bar for a snack! I must say it makes delivery work a much more enjoyable experience. I have made quite a few commemorative plates recently. I make a tin glazed blue and white version and a stoneware unglazed one that has impressed lettering. There are some new pictures of those under plates and pots on the website. Really enjoy making these although I have to be very careful with spelling. It's so easy to think more about spacing than what you are actually writing!
I am working on some new large coil pots at the moment. They are based on sea urchins and as I like the idea of text on pots I have included some on the rims of these. I think they work well but would be pleased to hear your comments. I shall put some pictures up of them so far and the finished article when they are oxides and fired.
The raku pots, particularly the turquoise glazed ones, have been well received and sales have been good. There is always an inconsistency to raku which is the joy and the frustration of it.The bucket glaze does change over a fairly short period of time and I have found myself glazing with one particular bucket expecting one result and finding the results, although pleasing, not quite what I anticipated! Must remember to label bucket!
That's about it for now. I have some interesting commissions to do to take me to the end of the year and must say am really enjoying myself.