Snow days are great days - you can get so much done that you didn't plan on doing because you can't do the usual expected activities, like updating your blog that you haven't touched in 5 months! I actually planned on doing this earlier since Susan mentioned my blog (with the address) in the Christmas letter that, believe it or not, went out on time this year. But 4 or 5 inches of snow in eastern North Carolina provides the time nicely.
|Finch Open House - November 2013|
|Elephant Face Jug|
Since my last post, we have had our Open House at Finch's. It was a great day - perfect weather and good crowds that filled the 4 greenhouses and surrounding areas. I was able to set up a space at the Halifax Days in December where I unveiled the first of some new animal facejugs. The elephant created a great deal of interest!
We had a full house of family at Christmas with the kids coming down from Chicago and NYC. Our son from Florida was here in November for a conference in Raleigh, so he did not come at Christmas. But, through the wonders of SKYPE, we were all together on Christmas day for presents.
Susan took on a part time position as an adjunct professor at the community college, teaching classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. This means that I have not been able to go to the studio at Finch's because I do not want to leave Mom by herself in the evening.
I have been spending more time working in my shop and have done a few firings - bisque and glaze. It has actually been pretty good except for when the temperature drops like it has today. Last night, while throwing a dozen pie-birds, it was getting colder and the water especially got frigid quickly. Even with my little oil-filled radiator cranked up, the temperature dropped to the 40s in the shop overnight.
I have been trying some of the Amaco Potter's Choice glazes which are supposed to produce reduction-like results in an electric kiln. They aren't bad - I just need to work with them some to get the look I want. I am going to order some other glazes once the threat of freezing is not a problem.
|Large Urns - shortest is 16"|
I just got the word - NO SCHOOL AGAIN TOMORROW - more time to work on pottery.