Thursday 28 November 2013

The Importance of Time-Sharing

I share my studio with my son. The studio is much more messy at the end of the day, but I am able to work and he is having fun. He has his own small working place. He already knows the difference between stoneware and porcelain, which tools he is allowed to use and where to find my clay stamps. He also has his cosy area on the wide window bench where he can take the break from the clay. 

There are, however, some things I still prefer doing alone. Glazing is one of them. I don’t feel comfortable having my boy around while working with all these chemicals. Also, I need to be completely concentrated during the whole glazing process. So, when I have to glaze, I wait until he goes to bed at night.

A few days ago I had one of these glazing night shifts again. I finished glazing at 3 AM. Unfortunately I spent the rest of the night worrying about the pieces I glazed: Did I really clean the bottom of that cup? What if that glaze wasn’t a good choice for that bowl? 

The best way to clear my head from these silly thoughts is to go for a walk at a nearby forest. It works every time. So the next day we went for a walk. Here are a few treasures from our walk. Aren’t these colours amazing?

Also, I hope that my kiln will give me few gems as well.