Sunday, July 8, 2007

Fireworks, experiments and classes

Exciting things have been happening this week and kept me away from the computer. We had a good 4th of July. There were lots of neighborhood fireworks and some special effects from downtown Charlotte and downtown Gastonia. I could see both as I went to check on a kiln firing! And it turned out very nicely, too! It's great when all your pyrotechnics work as planned.

I tested a new white clay and it looks like it will do nicely. I couldn't tell the difference between my old clay and the new one. Guess the ultimate test will come when I fire a large carved piece which will be soon.

Experiments were a fun thing. I made some tiles, another braided clay basket and worked on some turtles with two nice young folks. The turtles were a hoot to make--we did the shells inside a bowl and then microwaved them to stiffen up. Don't try this at home in your microwave!! Now I want to do some of my own as fun, funky garden art.

My classes will start again tomorrow and they are pretty full. I have a lot of people doing handbuilding and some new folks starting with wheel throwing. All the classes are concentrated on Mondays and Tuesdays to give me production/creative time the rest of the week. Of course that means everything else--glaze mixing, kiln loading, administrative and financial duties, marketing, clean up, shipping, inventory, etc are also thrown into those three days.

A new series that I want to begin work on will be sculptural--heads and shoulders of different kinds of people. I can see some of them in my mind. I hope to get started by the end of the summer. Bottle forms are another thing I want to pick back up. I have one drying now and will see how well it fires. So many ideas and so little time........

2 comments:

Jen Mecca said...

Vicki,
How many people do you have in you class normally? Just curious. I am sapose to be teaching a throwing class for credit at Gaston College this fall but so far not many have signed up. I was just curious about the interest in clay in that area. Jen

jeffmartinceramics.com said...

hello vicki, i came across your blog, via ron;s.. i like you already, i wish you would post some pics...i would love to see your daily progression..i am a newly turned full-time potter in boone, i love sgraffito, if you would like my tri-weekly blog and pictures are at..www.myspace.com/sugarpotter...i will am also do the carolina pottery fest, and am very excited about it. nice to cyber-meet you!-jeff