Where did the first four months of the year go? It’s been a whirlwind, I feel like I blinked and it whizzed by. Also I thought summer had arrived but of course this is Scotland and this evening it is grey and dreich again. Ah well, I’m a red head, I don’t want too much sunshine after all.
Just waiting for yet another (lost count now) glaze kiln to cool now but I think we might be just about there with the glaze nightmare from hell that has been occurring. I have to say massive thank yous to a lot of people who have helped us in this horrible few months.
Alan Ault at Valentine Clays has been super helpful and pointed me in the direction of Dave Maybin at Scarva in Northern Ireland. Dave has been our hero, he has done a lot of tests on my bisque pots and managed to find a whole new recipe that seems so far to fit. Weirdly, I have been using lead bisilicate in my glazes since I started. They used to be hard shiny bright glazes and in recent years they have become much less so. It’s only when you look back on it that you realise how much things have changed over time. Makes it hard to pinpoint exactly when things changed and what those changes might have been. Oh the joys of working with natural materials. Even with all the knowledge and history of glaze testing that Dave has at his finger tips he was unable to make a bisilicate glaze properly fit my pots. Very very odd.
Lots of help from wonderful potters up and down the land have helped us keep going, you know who you all are and thank you so much, too many of you to mention you all. Just know it has been very much appreciated.
Anyway at the moment we are drowning in a sea of this: