Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Speed, if any

One thing I really wonder about. I see pictures of potters posed with their work - masses of work, whole battalions of work. Hundreds of mugs drying, tables full of bowls waiting to be trimmed, all lined up so neatly.

I must be doing something wrong.

Today I worked for almost 3 hours to paint sunflowers on 6, count 'em, 6, mugs. The rest of the day disappeared on decorating 8 more mugs. That's 14 mugs, and all I did was paint the designs on them.The designs were not new, so I didn't have to do much thinking, the stains were ready to go, the mugs were glazed. All I did was push the brush for 7 hours to paint 14 mugs.

Here are the Sunflowers before firing:
The others were a mixed bag of special orders (2 mugs are not in the picture, they ran too fast):
Maybe I could advertise myself as the world's slowest potter?

Ah well, they're in the kiln now. I'll post a picture of the finished mugs in a few days, assuming they fire up OK.

Tomorrow I get to throw yarn bowls and chili bowls. Whoo hoo, speed!