All the work I’ve made in preparation for South East Open Studios is reaching the final stages and I’m planning the last few firings. As ever it looks as though there will be work still warm from the kiln on the display. In one sense I suppose that’s exciting: what more could people ask for at an open studio than work so fresh it is still warm? On the other hand I wonder why I torture myself this way.
These pots came out of the kiln late last week and I fired a batch of terracotta garlic pots over the weekend. Two of those showed cracks on firing (Grr!) so they went straight in the bin. Today the kiln is loaded with a bisc of some jugs and vases and a smaller platter.
Meanwhile the last couple of vases and a two portion casserole which aren’t quite drying fast enough are being helped along by putting them on top of the kiln. They will join a few more things for another bisc – maybe tomorrow if I can get the kiln cooled fast enough when it finishes tonight.
At least the pottery will be warm and dry for the next few days so I’m taking the opportunity to wash things down and have a bit of a Spring clean.
Time to make parsnip soup for lunch and maybe this afternoon tackle the crop of nettles colonising the area around the compost bin at the allotment. They are nearly as tall as I am! I’ll have to be wearing long sleeves so it’s a good thing that today is cool and overcast.