In my previous post I included a photograph of this teapot. Over the last few days I have made eight more teapots that started as variations on the form of the one above. These started out as "insurance" in case something went horribly wrong with the first teapot, it being a commissioned piece, but I carried on exploring the form with each teapot that I did, and ended up with some that were quite different from the first.
I like the comfortable roundness of this one, and the hint of throwing rings.
I have also been working on some special dishes for baking cakes in, the sort that have that funny hollow bit in the middle. Someone requested one of a particular size. I have made four so far that step up from small to large in the hope that one of them will be the perfect size when it is fired! It is rather hard to estimate the shrinkage with the level of precision that I think is required, so I am using the "Left a bit, no, right a bit, steady... steady, aim, ....Bombs away" approach!
We had a rather too quiet open studio weekend, with very few people through our doors, which was a great shame as it was lovely and sunny and there were lots of people out for a drive. In my weaker, or more rational moments, am wondering quite a lot these days if establishing a pottery here is simply too hard. I know such things are never easy, but for something to have a chance, there has to be a public. I am really very, very thankful for those who do support us and encourage us, but....... I think there is a warning to be found in the fact that there are very few outlets for pottery in this part of the country, and few galleries with any sort of enthusiasm to take it on. I keep hearing of galleries closing or struggling.
The good part of being a quiet day was that I was pleased to be able to give one of my pupils her first proper lesson on the wheel. She did really, really well.
The photo shows her first attempt of the day. She quickly learned to center the clay and made two cylinders and a little planter. She got good height and nice even wall thickness. It was lovely to be able to see someone making such progress, and a real pleasure to be able to pass on some skills.
Ginger enjoys chasing string and old cabbage tree leaves.
Ginger also enjoys sleeping on shoulders!