Tuesday, April 21, 2009
My old studio
Here's a photo of my old studio that I designed to resemble some of the studios I saw in my trips to Japan. The other half of the studio was the industrial side - raw material storage, glaze mixing etc. But this side was used for throwing and display. I designed the throwing area with bat storage underneath and had removable tops that could be placed on top of the throwing areas to hide the wheels when I was having a sale. It was a beautiful studio in and out; but my current one, although not pretty, is larger and finally gives me an indoor kiln space which I love.
I'm off early this morning with my friend Laura. We're meeting at 8am and driving down to Old Fort to a wholesale nursery to get a plant fix. Painters nursery opens it's doors to the public for 3 months every spring. I don't know why I'm going to buy plants since I still have so many to plant; but I think I can get a lot planted starting Thursday when temperatures are going to be in the mid 70's and sunny.
I was able to get some good time in the studio yesterday - still struggling with wet clay but got some throwing done. My clay mixer died, so I've got to remove the cover and see if it just need re-setting, or if I have a serious problem. Right now I'm trying to devote studio time to throwing, trimming and assembling so I can meet my own deadline of having all the work ready for slipping and decorating by the end of the month, which is going to be a challenge since I have to try to devote time for planting and seedling care as well as cooking, shopping and everything else I have to do.
What I need is a wife so I can just make pots! I'd settle for a husband who cooks!
I'm hoping I can get an hour in the garden after lunch to plant the rest of my potatoes, and maybe even plant some carrots and beets. I doubt if there will be any time or energy for the studio after planting. The pots I threw yesterday are covered with plastic so they'll be fine till tomorrow.