Well since I last wrote I have started (and now finished) the cows. I’d kept putting it off as I was a bit nervous of starting them. Anyway now they are all on their and I quite like them. All I need now is for the plates to dry out so I can put them into the kiln. They will look a bit different once they are glazed with my honey glaze. I had made 46 plates for the order of 45, unfortunately as is so much the way with ceramics, one rim collapsed when I slipped it and I managed to bash another so I am down to 44 now. Next week I will throw another 3 or 4 just to be on the safe side and then I am very much looking forward to making something other than plates. Having said that I was sat reading last night, a book I got at Christmas called Wildwood – a journey through trees and had a sudden flash of inspiration for some of my tree designs. I though that it would look really good on … yes a plate! Maybe it’ll have to wait a wee while yet.
I have a fellow slipware potter friend down in Devon by the name of Doug and it was his blog that I had been reading and really enjoyed and gave me the idea to start this one. Doug’s blog is very established and judging by the visits this has had since he mentioned it on his site, has many regular followers too. Thanks Doug, very much appreciated and I think the green mug in the photo is very tasty. Does any one else get the urge to lick pots that they think are really lovely or is it just me?
One of my visits was from a friend of Doug’s Ron Philbeck who is in the USA, he is a salt / soda glaze potter and I really enjoyed his blog too. Another one that is well worth a visit.