But some how at the beginning of the week I am stuck in the middle of various projects with no immediate prospect of moving anywhere quickly. I started a piece of felt art, by creating a wet felt background ready for a stunning bit of needle felting on top, but the background is still wet, and can't continue till its dry.
I have also started a fabulous folder that I had hoped to share with you, but I am awaiting delivery of some new dies from Sizzix to finish the project, and I don't want to glue anything down till I'm happy with the end result. So my desk is full and I can't create anything else in that space until these projects are reconciled, neither can you see the pretty pictures till their done.
So as a crafter in need of messy things, and avoiding washing up yet again, I'm going to make my way to my pottery to tinker, but I think I will probably spend my time tidying, which is really boring, but hopefully will mean I can make something potty later on in the week....
Ok so my tidying the pottery resulted in getting the clay out, and now I have cold hands, but a smile on my face. I have add some scraffitto designs to a pot I am making to go in my lounge to hold the Boomwackers, and attempted to make a jam pot. I'm not sure weather it will prove commercially viable, with it being a coil pot, and I am also unsure about shrinkage. Both the jar and the lid should shrink at the same rate, shouldn't they?
Every time I play in my pottery, or read about it I come away with more questions than I started with.
Do potters ever stop experimenting?
As I'm still working on setting up my kiln,( I need a non rainy day when I have another human to help me. ) I haven't got as far as glazes yet, I have made up some slip, and have a feeling that there are way to much colouring in it, and I keep looking at sites where I can buy chemicals, or ready made glazes. I can't decide weather to get a hold load of chemicals, and mix up some of the recipes in my books, or if I should stick to the ready to go glazes while I get the hang of things. But what if I don't like the glaze? If I do buy the chemicals to make up my own, how much should I buy?
And why is Tin Oxide so expensive? Is there another way of producing white slip for sheep?
To add to these complicated questions, my mum very kindly got me some Lusters for Christmas, and I can't wait to play with them, but I have a feeling they are going to come with their own set of complicated questions.
I think a brew is required while I mull things over!