Well, it's been a while since I last posted. What can I say, I'm just plain lazy. The year has been full of challenges. The studio moved locations almost 1 year ago and we moved to cone 6 as well. Talk about a compete 180. We were firing to cone 10 gas and now we are working at cone 6 electric. I am just now beginning to get a handle on how to successfully glaze at this temp and in this neutral atmosphere.
I have been teaching every Tuesday evening for the past 3 months and for at least 1 of those months I have been teaching a glazing class. I think the most intimidating part of pottery for many students is glazing. It is so final and they want their pieces to come out perfect so are hesitant to let loose and experiment. I am willing to let pieces fail as it is simple to just make another.
Lately, I have been changing the way I throw. I have been shaping completely by hand or "wet" shaping as opposed to "dry" shaping using a rib. It actually let's me achieve more fluid shapes with more motion. They are less stiff looking to my eye at least.
I have recently found a photographer that will be willing to take pictures of my work for me. I don't have the proper set up at home and she has recently begun studying photography and has all the equipment. As my friend, she has offered her services in exchange for referrals to my potter friends.