April 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today has been fantastic spending the whole of it at Kirkgate Studios with my daughter, Scout,  glazing, throwing and slip decorating what I threw in the morning.

The first job of the day was to glaze the bowl whose foot I turned a couple of weeks ago, and which will sit on my girlfriend’s desk. Sitting in the glazing room with a cup of tea we perused the file full of photographs of test tiles and decided upon Alan’s homemade tenmoku over Emmanuel Cooper’s pink blue glaze. We didn’t completely cover the pink blue in the tenmoku, so we are expecting a lovely pink/purple ring around the base of a tenmoku bowl. We shall see…

The next task was to throw the bowls that we were to decorate in the afternoon. Scout kneaded the clay she wanted me to throw for her two bowls and together we prepared 7 250g balls of clay. The throwing was a little bit hit and miss but we managed to come away with 5 usable bowls to decorate, which was all that really mattered. And Scout squished the two we didn’t use with great relish.

Lunch to replenish energy and to let the bowls harden a little, then we settled in for an afternoon of decorating. We chose Easter as our theme with pale blue and yellow as our main colours and Scout has already decided who the lucky recipients of the bowls will be. They are not going to be ready in time for Easter but that’s fine, a week or so late will do no harm at all.

I hope these will go in the kiln next week, so that I can put on a clear glaze the week after. What a delightful way to spend a Wednesday – potting with my daughter.


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