Thursday, August 12, 2010

Back in the Groove...

Lately I have been dealing with some orthopedic issues, and I'm finally getting back
into the groove of things in the studio. This week I have been making pitchers, bowls, and cups decorated with hakeme slip, and painted with our lollipop design. We have been working
on some new altered forms for our upcoming show in September. We also have several other glaze patterns that we've got going. I will post some pics of those from the next firing.
Out of all the patterns I tend to get into more of a groove with the lollipop. I guess that comes from working with slips, and the immediacy of this type of application. To tell you the truth I really feel like sticking them into a salt kiln when they are done, but that is kind of difficult at this time considering there is no salt kiln... yet. Oh well, we always need to be humble when planning the future.
Over the past few months I have had some time to reflect on how as potters we need to look at the way we work everyday, and is there anything that we can implement in our studio's that will help us to work longer without putting more strain on our bodies. I have come to the realization that is is better to work smarter- not harder. I am feeling more like the tortoise than the hare (if you know what I mean). Slow and steady wins the race. I think a tortoise can still get into a groove, but i don't think Banjo is buying it - do you!!