Saturday, August 30

Ready to load


I finally finished glazing this batch yesterday. I'll load today and set up the kiln to do the majority of the firing overnight, reaching peak temp. in the morning after I wake up. I really need to be able to unload Monday, assess the situation and begin glazing again for a second firing before next Friday. Unless everything in this kiln turns out spectacularly beautiful, then there won't be that pressure. I'm under this pressure because of a small but crucial detail I forgot about.

NH has a League of Craftsmen. I was accepted in May. However, all members are accepted under conditional acceptance. You still need to send in three review shipments, probably so they can see the consistency of quality or whatever in your work. They have to be spaced at least three weeks apart.

Well.

In order to increase my chances of getting a booth in next summers League fair, I need to apply by Nov. 1. The fact that I hadn't sent in my review shipments yet completely escaped me until about three weeks ago. It wasn't that I was blowing them off for a while. Almost immediately after my acceptance I had surgery and was pretty laid up for about 5-6 weeks. Combine that with a pretty big change in the style I had been working in, and I've got a lot of work to do now in a short amount of time. Oh well. If it works out that's great. If not, there's always the next year. I'll still have other shows I can do this year. Okay bye.

7 comments:

Patricia Griffin said...

The glazed work looks great. Hope the firing goes well!

Also, best wishes with the NH League of Craftsmen. Sounds like deadlines are looming. Nothing like a "due date" to get the juices flowing!

Deborah Woods said...

Thanks Patrica. Pressure does get you going doesn't it?

cynthia said...

Your pots look great all ready to be fired - very inspiring!

That does sounds like some pressure...

Deborah Woods said...

Thanks Cynthia. I love the way they look when they are glazed. It's when they come out of the kiln that I am so often disappointed. Hopefully this time will be different.

Ben Stark said...

Good luck with the firing and with the League of Craftsman! If they turn out anything like your tests, they'll be great!

Linda Starr said...

What a beautiful display of your glazed ware; the platter designs look intriguing to me, I don't know why I am fixated on platters lately, maybe because they strike me as a blank canvas - can't wait to them after firing - I just love the flow of the designs. Good luck with your review shipments.

Deborah Woods said...

Thanks Ben and Linda.Opening the kiln-it can be one of the most exciting moments or the most devastating can't it?