September has been autumnal and Indian summer on alternate days; both a pleasure in the countryside - as I said to a fellow dog walker yesterday in the pouring rain, the bonus of rainy dog walks is that you can wear your pyjamas under the waterproofs and feel very smug! Plus there is something special about warrior 2 on the top of a windy mist swathed hill.
My glazes continue to be a roller coaster. However, my Saturday morning was considerably improved when I opened the kiln to some earthenware with green and red glazes which had gone spectacularly off brief:
I was thrilled with the way the green glaze was echoing a tree line and the red glaze had overheated and become a beautiful pinky purple.
Some stoneware has also echoed the colours of our Dorset coast.
We went to the Lyme Regis folk festival yesterday and saw Nick Edwards Harris playing.
His passion, dedication and pure immersion in his music was inspiring and the view from our chairs with the greyhounds snoozing by the stage, unperturbed by the music, was so relaxing in a pewter grey sort of way. People were still swimming as the wind was warm and the sun broke through every now and then. Perfect afternoon.
Very excited and anxious in turns right now. We have taken the plunge and bought a campervan which we pick up tomorrow in Exeter. I have given up my sensible job to have more time to concentrate on my ceramics, and am going to do a few small jobs for some essential pennies. Big changes, but at least we will be free to take off for a few days and see some beautiful countryside, festivals and exhibitions. Just hope the heater is going to be up to it!
Am reading Bernard Leach's A Potter's Book and liked these ideas:
...although pottery is made to be used, this fact in no wise simplifies the problem of artistic expression; there can be no fulness or complete realization of utility without beauty, refinement and charm, for the simple reason that their absence must in the long run be intolerable to both maker and consumer.
Pots, like all other forms of art, are human expressions: pleasure, pain or indifference before them depends upon their natures, and their natures are inevitably projections of the minds of their creators.
So, looking forward to next week - I am concentrating on making some large mugs and hopefully some spice pots for the kitchen, with lids. We are anticipating the arrival of Madge ( 29 yr old VW campervan) and also joining in with the allotment communal creation of some very powerful of cider. Really enjoying this country living! Oh, and the wet-suit is at the ready as we are due some lovely weather and I am determined to get in a few more sea swims before the dark days are upon us.