Loads of finished pots came out of the kiln over the last week. The workshop is in chaos. I haven't had enough time to sort through them so they are all over the place waiting to be reviewed, photgraphed, (the best ones), and priced.
I'll show some better photographs soon, these are just snaps as they sit on the shelves. I feel that I have to get to know these pieces again in their new glazed state. As always there are bits I like and bits I am dissatisfied with and could improve. But generally I like them.
There is so much to do through, next week is going to whizz by. It didn't help that the good weather brought out an unusual amount of visitors to the showroom last week. Not only did this take up a lot of time, they kept buying things, things that I wanted to keep for Spring Fling. How annoying is that!
Last weekend there was one day I simply couldn't get warm and went to bed that night with two hot water bottles. This week each day it has been getting hotter...and HOTTER. Today with so much to clear and clean for Spring Fling I have hardly been able to function for overheating. At five o'clock I realised that the tide would be in and cycled down to jump in the sea - bliss!
But its getting there. By this evening the back yard was looking like a proper courtyard again, with clean tiles, pots and plants.
While the immediate panic is next weekends four day Open Studio, I also have one eye clearly focused beyond Spring Fling, on Earth and Fire. I knew that to have these bigger dishes finished for this event I had to have them well underway and drying out before next weekend. After a full day slip spraying on Thursday and Friday they were safely on the high shelves drying slowly under polythene.
I still hope to get the Spring Fling preparations all in hand by mid week in time to have a couple of days to work on a damp cupboard full of black vases, which I hope are still damp enough to work on.
But its not all pots. I did have a grand afternoon out on Saturday playing with the Samba Sisters at the Kirkcudbright half marathon. It was great to be away from the workshop for a while and make a good old racket in the sun.
I tell you what though, those cats have been loving this weather.