“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou
LOL. Not literally. But it’s a good day and about time I fired up my kiln. It’s been a long time since I have been able to make pottery. Life kept getting in the way.
As you may know I have been working on organizing my studio (aka the basement) so I have room to create and make pottery. Well it’s not perfect but I have my slab roller, potters wheel and tables set up and I’m off the races.
It has felt so good to get back to making pottery. I was a little nervous about getting back into it. But I have been following potters and watching their scopes on Periscope. #Pottersofperiscope I have learned so much from so many amazing potters from all over the world. A lot of new techniques and styles of pottery. I’ve even started a new collection. I am going to buy a piece of pottery from each of my favorite potters. I started with Jessica Putnam Phillips (the porcelain soldier on etsy)
Michael Kline, Adam Field, Heesoo Lee, Maude Andersson, Lisa and Alex Lapella, and so many more.
Sometimes I watch too many scopes and a voice in my head asked “Are you crazy? You’ll will never be that good.” But then the other voice said “Yes you are… But don’t let that stop you”.
I’m not. So this is what I have done. I went downstairs and I made pottery. Plates, platters, functional stuff. Had a ball, fell in love with the clay all over again.
And now It’s time to fire up my kiln. I loaded it up. It started like a charm. It made the familiar ticking sound as the temperature started to rise. I felt like it was saying “where have you been old friend? I missed you.”
So it will take about 11-12 hours to come to temperature and then a few more hours to cool down. I can’t wait to open it up. It is always like Christmas when I do.
I’ll let you know how it goes.