I have had rows of pots stacking up under plastic and driving me mad but have kept thinking oh but I must at least start x, y and z then they are underway. There are deadlines running at me from every which way at the moment. So today was the day to get the trailers at the ready, get the slip slopping and decorate those naked waiting pots.
I have been trying to recall all the decorative language that I was using when I made those 50 mugs a few months back (this is one of the very few times when it would be useful to have access to a computer at work). They were none precious objects, things that I could make quickly and not have to fret over, things that I could do whatever I pleased with. As a result they turned into very precious objects once they had been finished as they were some of the sweetest, best decorated, some of them free-est decorated, most imaginative pots that I have made maybe ever. Interesting how letting go of any thought of them having to be one thing or another let me make them end up better than they ever could have been if I had been trying to make them as they ended up. If that makes any sense at all.
I haven’t quite got to grips with the brush thing yet. I am not and never have been a painter, I did a week long painting course once which was great, I painted the mud at Kirkcudbright all week when the tide was out. Fifty shades of brown and all gloopy and sloppy, bet that doesn’t surprise you in the slightest does it. Anyway I don’t really have any control of a brush, practise is what’s needed. I’d like a brush that will hold lots of slip and let me make a long fluid mark, maybe I have one but just don’t have the technique, who knows. I think there is a lot of potential there none the less, I just have to get my wrist into the idea. Looking back at this one now there’s maybe not enough layers of slip on it. There’s a black layer and then a thin and a thick of white slip, you can’t really tell until it’s finished, the very thin white might be so thin as to disappear in the firing but we shall wait and see.On thursday I have been asked along with many others to give a brief talk at the Spring Fling Mini Road Show. I will be talking about what works for me at Spring Fling. I need to talk to myself a bit in the next couple of days (well a bit more than I normally do and in a more organised manner) to get my talk sorted out properly before hand. I know what I want to say, it’s just a matter of getting it all in the right order and in a comprehensible fashion.