Monday, June 4, 2012
I've recently come to the end of a batch of firings, ending with two lustre firings, and these plates were a long overdue order. I've said for a long time that plates decorated with lustre can be ordered but this is the first time anyone has done so. Usually cereal bowls are decorated with stars but this customer wanted one each of the four designs to go with the mugs and the same in large and small plates. I think they do look pretty stylish.
I've been looking back over the last year or two and it seems the pattern of firings works out that I probably only do lustre firings twice a year, but then when I do, I do more than one of them. I'm not sure if it has to work out this way - it might be more convenient for supply and demand to have them spread out more evenly - but suspect it does because of the way kiln-loads need to be distributed. In any case it always does feel that lustre firings happen and then that's the end of a big cycle. I probably don't have enough pots to do another ordinary firing until I've done some making.
At the moment I'm not making pots, I'm catching up with life tasks, especially getting the vegetable garden planted up. My health problem seems to have been diagnosed as gallstones. It's great to feel a step forward has been made but the diagnosis is only the first step in a long wait for appointments and treatment so I'm still not able to work full days or weeks and gossip about waiting times indicates this may continue for some months. Deciding what work to do in restricted time is tricky, but I think I've decided to move on to the new project I hinted at earlier in the year. Watch the space for this.
In the mean time, I was so pleased that the firing cycle meant I could produce these for a "Happy Holly Party" (instead of a christening.)
The beakers are new and seem to have worked out well. (This shows back and front of the same beaker.) The firing cycle problem means it's not very convenient to offer as a christening present to order because these are decorated with lustres. However, they might work ok in the chicken design with the name written in blue. I'll have to give it some thought.
And finally ...
... a whimsical idea I had which turned out well. Heather glaze with purple or carmine lustre spots. I didn't make many but will certainly make more. The heather glaze is the most variable according to kiln position so lots of variations to play with.
Next time - more recent lustred pots.