Saturday, January 09, 2010

First post of 2010

by Eleanor Hendriks

I was so excited to get back to clay this week. Holidays and shipping have kept me away from gooey wet delicious clay for many weeks and I could almost taste the mud. But, things didn't go as planned...

I had a turkey carving cut on a finger that was surprisingly painful, my clay was too hard, my studio was too cold and I just couldn't find the rhythm. I just kept working and I did have reasonable results but I was surprised not to find The Zone right away. I should know better by now -even though I can sit down at a wheel and make pretty much anything I want whenever I want, The Zone -that space where time doesn't exist and the clay leaps into shape -is still elusive. It takes a combination of time in, repetition and mindfulness that isn't always instant. As always, I have high hopes for next week...

In the meantime, I have Sweetheart Mugs well under way...

Despite good intentions to the contrary, I usually only get one batch of these done per year, so if you'd like me to reserve on for you, just let me know. Don't worry, the finished product won't be so shaggy looking. There's still some smoothing and glazing time to be put in...
These will be available in my Etsy store before the end of January -I may even try some not so traditional Valentine's colours...

3 comments:

jimgottuso said...

lovely mugs... i long for the zone. it is the main reason i do pottery and it is elusive.

Linda Starr said...

what a beautiful red glaze on your mugs.

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