This has to be one of the most frustrating commissions I have worked on ... it's up there... hey all have their challenges but this one has it on multiple levels...
Having said that I'm back to the wheel a few remakes to be done and i feel I have a handle on the glaze now, just pouring in its future applications...no dipping, no swishing nice smooth edges to rim and def. no layering... brushing works quite nicely too..
Just a little hot maybe on the second firing of these platters the glaze has bubbled a bit but its smooth and the surface feels much nicer..
It is a wealth of knowledge gained on every firing and i'm thinking the extra heat work has helped a lot and that the max temp doesn't need to be reached on the second firing so they can go in with my standard clear glaze next time...
Well it's stinking hot out there today 42C today....and the studio is hot hot hot.
my pots form the wkd are under plastic wet towels and more plastic...they certainly are getting the treatment out there...
And last tuesday Anna and I headed up to Murray Bridge Regional Gallery to take some work in I took some lil birdie pieces and some of my landscape wall tiles....I have a few of those that still need their wall hanging systems attached and a rather large one i'd like to fire higher too...its looking a bit pink to me, you know the underdone look..
So the River Murray is looking dirty as ever and very wet!!
The river bank marker has the flood levels from previous years the last one i remember was in the 70's. We are at the tail end of the River and generally the garbage end...where the mouth washes out to sea at Goolwa the silt builds up and over the past years of drought it was thought it would block off totally..... never did though!!
I could go into the whole why are we growing rice and cotton that needs so much water in a country as dry as ours but I shall resist!!
And why are we still waiting for the government to sort out a fair share of the water for the states???
Anyhoo thats enough of that... Anna and I had a lovely lunch in the cafe here at the river all be it a little more expensive than we were looking for but it was a great setting and really super service..