Squee!

I was showing my dad around the exhibits today[1], and when we got to my stuff, I noticed a red dot on the sushi set. I’VE HAD A GALLERY SALE!!!!! Hopefully the first of many. Once the soap dishes are out of the way, I guess I should start thinking about the annual members’ exhibit. That’s the next group show I could get into, I think.

In entirely unrelated news, I taught my first solo workshop today. It was a small girl guides troupe. I extruded a few pounds of clay[2], and they made coiled pieces. Most of them did some variation on one of the examples I showed them[3], but a few decided to try larger or more complex shapes. It was a pretty fun hour.

In *more* unrelated news, I still don’t know what that soap dish will look like, because it didn’t make its way into the last glaze firing. I have so far succeeded in keeping my head from exploding, but can make no guarantee of the continued absence of brains all over the studio walls if it doesn’t get fired soon. There is supposed to be another glaze this week. We shall see what happens.

[1]Technically, the gallery is closed, and most of the main show is already packed up for shipping, but hey, I work in the building… there has to be *one* perk, right? Getting people I know into the gallery is mine for the day.

[2] I love showing people the extruder. “And here’s our giant playdough machine!”

[3] Sometimes, working in a community studio is awesomely convenient… No matter what technique you want to show someone, you can probably find examples that somebody made and donated/left behind.

Mixed week

The fish dishes are out of the kiln! So are the experimental mugs.

I’m… satisfied. I’m very happy with the fish, actually, in principle, but there will only be one sushi set. (I cracked the tail off one of the larger plates before it was bisqued[1]. Argh.) And I’m iffy on the one survivor.

The little dishes are all marvelous, thank goodness. So at least I’ll be able to submit a school or something.

The experimental mugs look great–and the handles turned out very comfortable to hold and not the slightest bit warped–but feel disappointingly heavy. I guess I’m still not good enough at estimating wall thickness on newer designs. I’ll try them again with a few less ounces of clay tomorrow.

Pictures will come the next time I remember to bring my camera to the studio.

[1] I picked it up to check the bottom for cracks, because I am paranoid about large flat bottoms doing cruel things to me, and I knocked it against the underside of a shelf. The tail cracked clean off. The rest of the fish was bisqued and I will use it for glaze tests, so all is not lost, but still… It’s hard to feel positive about that.

Waiting

All but one fish dish are being bisqued this weekend. (The other one was still too wet to go in; I didn’t finish fiddling with it until Friday.) It’s a super slow firing, because they’re in there with some giant sculpted heads that could crack if they’re not treated gently, so I won’t see them until Monday or Tuesday. I can’t wait to see them!

Fishies

The USB cord for my camera card reader decided to stop working Sunday, so I wasn’t able to post this until I got a replacement. I was working on my fishie dishes.Here are the gallery submissions-to-be:

Small fish dishes in profile

Fish dishes from above

Lg fish dish

Each sushi set will have one large fish and one or two smaller ones, plus chopsticks[1]. Surplus dishes will be sold individually, as pate dishes or soap dishes or whatever people want to use them for.

[1] I swear, those are the plainest chopsticks I could find in downtown St. John’s. I was aiming for brown or black, but all I could find was Hello Kitty and samurai. The green ones will look nice with the red clay, though, so I’m not too annoyed[2]. I just hope they look good with the finished items… I haven’t used the red clay with the Bug glaze yet, so this whole project could just be a terrible disappointment[3] when it comes out of the kiln.

[2] Danielle-from-work even pointed out that they look a little like seaweed from a distance.

[3] AKA a “learning experience”.