Monday, June 4, 2012

I hadn't realized

That it's been almost a month since I posted here.  Before we left for our vacation, I was almost ready to stop pottery.  Ordered more glazes and realized that all of my kiln shelves needed to be ground off and re-coated with kiln wash.  One kiln, the littlest of my two, needs to have all of its elements replaced.  So I gave myself permission to stop before I made myself insane, ordered my new parts, asked a friend to help me with the electrical stuff when we returned, packed our bags, and left.

 I love the shells.  Brought back entirely too many of them.  

 Found what might be my favorite ever sun hat.  Wore it at every opportunity.  Freckled anyway, despite the sunscreen and the shade.


And- is it a cliche to come back inspired by the colors and shapes of the sea?  These looked so pearly white, translucent almost like baby toes (they are all smaller than a nickel or a dime), but on closer reflection, they're varying shades of cream (a divine reminder to be satisfied with my creamy clay bodies?).  The shells left me dreaming of organic, imperfect shapes and washy cream and grey glazes in see-through thin porcelains.  I'm almost ready to work again.  First, the grinding and re-coating of all of my kiln shelves, a bit of re-wiring.  Those are things I can do accompanied by a young man who doesn't start camps until next week.

I had planned to have a home sale next weekend- but it isn't going to happen.  There will be some small pop-up (in my house) sale this summer, but all of the firing and glaze mishaps mean that I have no inventory, and what I have needs to go to my local shops who have been waiting so patiently for me to solve my problems.  Stay tuned.


7 comments:

jenna said...

glad you had a good vacation. sounds like you are refreshed and re-inspired. hope you get the equipment sorted out. looking forward to seeing your next beauties!

amanda {the habit of being} said...

a good vacation can do wonders for the soul and the creativity. hopefully you've returned rested and inspired, the sea always leaves me feeling so full, so content.

and the sunhat... we were at the beach two-ish weeks ago, going again in a few weeks...could use a good suggestion!

angesdavis said...

Never a cliche to confess oceanic inspiration! The colors and shapes of the sea move me to create, to write, to return to my heart in spite of all that requires practical worry and work. So very thankful you shared your glorious photos of the beauty of the coast. So very happy and absolutely certain that all of the kiln and parts adjustments/rearrangements will work. Pottery powers fueled by persistence, wisdom, and the regeneration of the great waters!

amy h said...

It sounds like you definitely needed the vacation! I'm glad it helped. And I hope ocean inspiration isn't cliche! I think I could be inspired for the rest of my life just by the beach. It's enough for me.

rebecca said...

Welcome home. Love the pic of you in the favorite hat.

Brenda said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I can see how why your holiday was inspiring! Looking forward to your new creations!

Heather said...

Take it from someone who feels the same as you, it's NOT cliche to be inspired by the beach EVER! I pick up some of those same small white shells (Sometimes swirled with pale yellow or tan). I am always soothed and comforted by the beach, shells, the salt air and the beauty of all of it! Hope you are back feeling much rejuvenated!