Rain doesn't stop play!

Rain delayed my planned bike ride today and although the studio was effectively closed (as heating, electric and water off) I noticed a patch of daylight in the empty studio so set up the kerosene heater and decided to work instead. It was great having the place to myself!

There is a chance I may be able to put some small pieces in an Anagama firing tomorrow, so I quickly made some tea bowls and sake cups last night and watched them drying out today. I really hope this happens as it will be my first wood firing and not one I was expecting to have!

I then got on with new ideas as my final electric firing is due on Saturday. It's time to decide what my last pieces should be and it's quite daunting thinking about this.

So I decided not to think about it and get on with producing work in the usual way. This normally involves bringing several materials together: coloured clays, various tools and textured surfaces - and basically playing with them - and I find this usually helps ideas to flow.

By the end of the day I had found a new approach and one which incorporated further use of the wood I gathered from the kiln site last week.

My home for the day!

My home for the day!

Tea bowls - including a vessel (centre) based on the lesson we had with the Tea Master.

Tea bowls - including a vessel (centre) based on the lesson we had with the Tea Master.

Wood kilns - I got some fresh air in the rain - the scent of cold, damp pine wood fills this space. Someone had fun stacking the wood pile!

Wood kilns - I got some fresh air in the rain - the scent of cold, damp pine wood fills this space. Someone had fun stacking the wood pile!

The mini Anagama ...

The mini Anagama ...

Fragments - contemporary or ancient?

Fragments - contemporary or ancient?

Photogram of bamboo.

Photogram of bamboo.

Tea bowl ...

Tea bowl ...

Sketch including a bit of marbling.

Sketch including a bit of marbling.

Texture from pine wood.

Texture from pine wood.