Choo Choo

I've been away from the blog for a few weeks, as I was at a conference, and then studio reno-ing (more on that another day) and then Supercrawl. A start of a busy September indeed!

Hamilton mugs! 

Hamilton mugs! 

Now that I'm back in the swing of things (and the fire bans have been lifted), I've stuffed my van with pots and have headed up north to start firing for the holiday season! This is my first time firing a train kiln, a kiln design that looks like a train car, and when fired correctly should make that warm and cozy chugging sound. My kind of sound. 

Pots unpacked and ready to be loaded

Pots unpacked and ready to be loaded

This firing is particularly special, as it is the last firing this kiln will ever see! After unloading next week, Duncan Aird and I will be tearing her down, and giving the bricks a new life in our very own kiln back down in the Hammer! Buildings are underway and we're hoping to have the beauty built before Christmas. 

So I'm up here toasting this sweet kiln many thanks, with good company, and good food, and looking forward to many firings ahead!

Jeff Martens, loading the kiln like a boss. 

Jeff Martens, loading the kiln like a boss. 



Jump to the Left

It's been a while since my last post, almost a month actually. I have had such good intentions of blogging (I REALLY HAVE!) but life keeps getting in the way, and not always in the best of ways. The recent developments in the Jerseyville General Store have been both physically and mentally exhausting. I am still trying to wrap my head around the serious repairs that need to be done before we can move forward in some areas of the building (ie. the workspace/store). The safety of a potter and her partner are priority, and for the worrisome (like myself) cause for stress and unravelling emotions.

Still, we putter on. My studio has recently done the Time Warp and taken a jump to the left (or rather, several jumps..) in order to proceed with the repairs mentioned above. I've also had to refrain from putting up my shelving, which results in constantly covered tables, especially after a full day of making. Last night I weighed out glaze on the floor, and I currently have ware boards of pots balancing on chairs and windowsills. My disorganized semi-studio is an accurate reflection of my brain these days.



The silver lining is that I'm making pots, if but slowly.



One of the most important things I learned this summer is how crucial comfort is to the efficiency of a studio. I've never thought of myself as someone with high standards, but I have come to appreciate a few simple things that I feel are necessary for an inspiring and enjoyable studio space. 1. Running water.

2. Vertically accurate table heights.

3. Natural light.

4. Heat.

Over the summer I slowly migrated my ceramic belongings to my sister's townhouse basement, where my studio will be located for the next phase of my pottery career. The room is spacious and ready to be covered in clay.

I have shelving. I have a handmade step stool to reach the top of the shelving. I have a rocking chair. I have a sound system. I have a glaze kitchen (ish). I have tea, and a mini-fridge. I have a brand new wheel. I have packaging, boxes, and bags. I have clay.





I have acquired a work table at a vertically accurate height. I have running water. I have heat.

I do not have natural light.

Electricity will have to do. Next trip to Home Depot = lights, and lots of them.