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I am finding it pretty challenging to maintain a (mid? late?) pandemic pottery practice. I’ll be intermittently updating this page.

I’ve set a goal of 100 pots this year, and if things work out, I’ll fire the gas kiln once.

24 January

A freshly trimmed ceramic cup showing my and Lam's marks on the foot, held in a left hand against a gray wall.

Trimmed two of the bowls I made last week. Made some erratic markings on one of them; not sure how it will turn out. I also trimmed the vessel that Lam made, and “forged” her mark on the base.

Since the clay I have is so soft, I threw two plates yesterday, a larger one and a small one. I also made a soup bowl.

10/100 thrown

Note to self: make smaller dipping sauce bowls. Review glaze recipes and consider starting to gather/purchase materials.

19 January

Lam bends over the wheel holding a wooden rib, putting the final touches on a small vessel she's just thrown.
Lam at the wheel. Tool mess is all my doing.

My dear friend Lam came for a studio visit, which was good motivation for me to get in there and work.

Thankfully last week’s pots were still wet enough to trim; I hadn’t wrapped them very tightly because I thought maybe I’d work on them in a couple of days. I should know by now that it’s better to wrap things well just in case I don’t get in as soon as I’d planned.

After a lovely lunch at Everest Kitchen (kind staff, delicious food, highly guzzle-able chiya), Lam had her first kickwheel experience on the old Lockerbie. I cut through the bottom of the bowl I made as demo, but Lam did great!

As far as my 100 pots goal, I’ve thrown 7 this year, and 5 have made it through the trimming process. Not sure how exactly I’m counting, but getting things to greenware1 stage seems a good start.

13 January

I got into the studio yesterday and threw pots for the first time in too many months. I let myself make whatever I want. I started with small amounts of soft clay, unweighed. I listened to my body and didn’t try to make too many things. I’m writing this as a way of procrastinating on returning to the studio. I’ve reread small to remember why I do this.


Footnotes

1. greenware is the stage at which a piece is dry enough to go through the first firing to become a biscuit, after which it is more durable (though still fragile) and can be stored until I have enough pieces for a glaze firing.