Whilst the cat has been sleeping, I have been preparing pots for a firing of my wood fired kiln.
Glazing tires me. I generally find it more of a burden than a joy. I am slow at it, because I am doing many different pots, rather than a line of similar ones. Sometimes it would be grand just to cover everything with one glaze. A Henry Ford approach to glaze selection, "You can have any colour you like sir, as long as it is black!"
I am weighed down with the knowledge that I haven't quite got the right glaze for the pot. This is not just a technical thing, it would be a lot simpler if it was. It is a striving for something that is occasionally glimpsed or felt, but not yet understood.
It is as much to do with finding out who I am, as finding a practical glaze that complements the pot. Sadly, my inexperience can easily turn a pot with a nice figure into a frumpy pot.
I went for a little drive a few days ago and took some photos on State Highway 85 that connects Palmerston with Ranfurly. This road is known as "The Pigroot", and climbs up to just over 600 meters at its highest point.
I didn't ascend to the highest point, as snow had blocked the road the day before, but I took a couple of photos of some of the hills near the start of the climb. The silvery gray day was dreadfully cold, as a "lazy" wind was blowing ("lazy" as in the wind that doesn't bother to go around you, but goes straight through!).
I got side tracked from my objective of taking snow phtos, by the sight of the brightest autumn colouring that I had ever seen in a willow.
Strange ghostlike trunks of a group of gum trees made the willow seem like a bush fire.
The combination of colour, and texture, was exhilarating, and slightly frightening. I felt an urge to do a painting of the trunks.
It would have to be oil paint, thickly applied.
I will have to dust down my tubes of paint.
I hope to fire my wood fired kiln in about 3 days from now. It's been raining for nearly a week, so I am hoping that I still have enough dry wood to be able to reach stoneware temperatures.
I will be trying out a carbon trap shino this time, in addition to my usual shino glazes. Other glazes include two copper reds, a saturated iron glaze, some chun blues, some ash glazes, and a celadon.