Beginning to organize the Mudroom (apropos title neh?) into a small studio space this winter. We never use the back door, my banding wheel is portable and as my construction style does not involve a great deal of detritus, foot trimming or powered wheel splatter effect (don't use one) I can work inside where it's warm as long as I clean up ASAP. In the summer I work on the deck just outside the door.
I'll just have to measure dimensions, decide what I need to build and buy wood for shelves; get deep freeze and dishwasher out;(both out of commission and taking up space); the Mudroom is almost 4' wide and 12' long; some 6'x1"x6'' lumber should provide all the shelving I need along the solid wall and some sort of desk/bookcase for the Ohaus, tools, books, formulae and clay/glaze recipes... drawers full of "Dolan Tools, they're keepers, not Kemper's." -Susan Dolan CEO (or whatever the title is.)
But ever since my return from NCECA 2012 and the wonderful time in Seattle, life seems to just be piling on. Family and work stuff seems to be never ending and I am having to adjust/readjust and realize that I can only control myself.
I hope to begin local clay tests as soon as things settle down and hope to start producing more low fire chawan.
Went up into the Hills this weekend and came back with some bags of dirt. Interesting sand from up near a rocky place I like to go to and some clayey type soil from where I shoot. Organizing the shed Saturday and hope to start testing soon.
Made a crappy little bowl from local clay; now to let it dry and fire at a later date; feels good, handles and looks like Laguna 06 Red; I will begin to test this local red dirt against Red Art and Ward's Red later this month.
Sitting on the deck with coffee and banana bread is fast becoming a way of life; as soon as I get my VA schedule down next week I will probably start pottering (literally) around on the deck with my clay in the late afternoon/early evenings and then sit on the deck and watch the sun set.
I intend to find out what I am up to at this new stage in my pottery making. (The clay is in charge you know. HA!)
I will always make chawan of course, but I am always open to new (or old) stuff that I like.
It should be fun, if it's not fun then it's just a job; if it's both, it's perfect.