Thursday 13 December 2012

Polar bear jugs and fluffy clouds

That's it - all my slip decorating this side of Christmas is finished.  Now I just need to get everything  dried out and into the kiln over the weekend for a glaze firing next week. In the 'Feral Choir' we have been singing lots of cold wintery songs, maybe this was what made me in a Polar bearish sort of mood. Actually these poor jugs were abandoned for way too long as other priorities took over. I had them in the outside damp cupboard (an old fridge - not on of course), but then forgot to bring them in one very frosty night. I lost three of them, it was quite interesting how the ice got into the leather hard clay and split them open.

There are four large name plaques drying out too. One poor person has been waiting nearly a year, but hey - they are on their way at last.

I started to pack the bisc this afternoon. I got the monster cellist dish in, just, after a few experiments At least I could squeeze a few other pots under the slant as well, and hopefully she will have shrunk sufficiently so that by the time I glaze her I can actually close the kiln door with her on a flat shelf.

There are now a whole troop of squirrels using our feeder. What a joy to watch them. The cats just stare in amazement, usually through the window,

then go back to sleep.


  1. Love the polar bears, and a very appropriate polar environment for them, namely jugs that survived the ice of the damp cupboard! It's that time of year again.. the mad finishing of stuff before Christmas! My drying shelves are also packed with an impossible number of things that I'll have to get glaze fired next week. Sometimes I wish that Christmas had a more elastic date that could stretch appropriately to make room for things to get done in time! Anyway, Happy Christmas to you, your side of the world is often in my thoughts at this time of year as I get all nostalgic for a cold, dark, and snowy Christmas! P

  2. Just having a mooch around and came across your gorgeous polar bears....Oh if I had time I'd love to try pottery too!! :0) So lucky to have those squirrels too...I'm told we have them around here in the Dales but I've yet to catch sight! Nice to meet you. Ash

  3. It's nice to be finishing up the last things for the year. I have just a few pots to deco and get through the kiln this week. I love the mugs with the chickens and squirrels. Cheers, Ron