Yes, yes, yes!
I’m a happy woman, this mug monday morning. Fired my kiln this weekend with glaze tests and some practice mugs and had a few problems with the firing due to ancient elements in the kiln. So, had low expectations this morning when I opened it and was pleasantly surprised.
As you can see I’ve been playing with handle style and different forms. After 39 mugs I can report that I am now feeling quite confident with pulling handles, attaching them and keeping them on. Glazing is now getting easier as well and I am beginning to feel vaguely competant! Just got to test them to work out which style feels the best – The feel/performance is very important to me.
My glaze tests are coming along beautifully – I spend such a short amount of time throwing and making the pots compared to the amount of testing and fine tuning I do. I have a very clear idea of what I am aiming for and am wanting to develop a functional line of work based on contemporary shapes and a contrast between smooth milky white glaze and rough grey with speckles/a more earthy feel. I know that me wittering on about glaze tests is incredibly boring to non potters but I am very excited about the next stage which will be applying these new ideas to some vessels and forms. All I need to do now is to change my kiln elements (sigh)……