It's been a very busy time. Our B&B has been pretty much fully booked, save a few days here and there, and I have been using any extra moments I find to work diligently in my pottery studio. I'm taking things in a slightly different direction, working on new glazes, being inspired by fellow artists, and trying to find a new niche in my little colorful world of ceramics.
I fired up the kiln yesterday. It was full with tons of new experiments. New glaze formulations, new colors, new forms. Everything new. It was a nerve wracking night, but I didn't have any guests here this morning, so I knew I could just focus on what would be coming out of the fire. Some of the glaze formulations and coloring suggestions came from my friend Lindsay. She works in North Carolina and I work in Italy. We have different raw material suppliers and different firing conditions. So even the exact same formulations will come out differently. This is the fantastic part of creative collaboration in ceramics - you never know where things will lead. Here's a glaze that I made with lovely Lindsay's help. It's a lovely buttery yellow.
Here's a vase in a soft celadon glaze.
All of these new pieces beg the question: what comes next? Which impulses to I take forward, which ones will lead me to my next level of expertise in ceramics? I'm having so much fun with the process and am very excited to see where all this will lead.
The fact is that this type of ceramic experimentation takes time and focus. It's hard for me to get either during the season, when free time comes in quick, short doses. In the back of my mind, I'm constantly thinking about what might come next creatively. When a free day arrives, I try to take advantage to the fullest, having prepared my notes and my formulations in advance.
Here's a small, rectangular sushi plate where I added Venetian Murano glass tesserae to the surface before putting it in the oven. The result was very cool. I'll definitely be taking this experiment further.
It's days like this that I feel eternally grateful to have the freedom to work on ceramics projects. I'm so over the moon happy to have a studio space and a great kiln. I feel that I am starting to push the limits of my creative thinking and it's doing me a world of good. I love ceramics. I am so fortunate to be able to work with clay.
A few of these pieces will be the start of my online shop. That's my next project.
Let me know what you've been up to creatively. Leave a comment with a link to your work, either on your blog or in picture form. Let's share the creative adventure and inspiration.