Studio Maintenance Day

Barley Hollow Pottery

Today, I spent the whole day in the studio and didn’t make or glaze the first piece of pottery. Instead, I resurfaced the work table with 5 coats of polyacrylic, mixed up a 25lb batch of  Potter’s Choice Indigo Float, cleared and cleaned up the old work bench that lurks at the back of the studio, and managed to hang a bell on the door, so it rings when the door opens. It took the whole day, and when one walks in there’s not the first sign that anything was done, but it’s all a bit cleaner, nicer, smoother. And ready for more working with clay. I also loaded the kiln for a bisque firing, so a big glaze day will not be too far off. And with the new batch of indigo float, we’ll have more of that beautiful bright blue. So, today was a day well spent.

Earlier this weekend, I went  to Fat Cat to pick up a collection of Frits and carbonates and oxides and such to begin making glazes in the studio. Sonny and Mary had some excellent suggestions and advice. I’m looking forward to getting started. Results will be posted on Flickr.

I also stocked up on clay for the next few months. So now there’s nothing to do but get to work. I still have a few request to work on. And a few new forms to learn. Should be fun.

I told myself I have all the tools I need, but while at Fat Cat, I found a beautiful lush round bake brush that had to come home with me. It just looked like big luxurious swaths of color waiting to pounce.

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