Here we go again. I've blogged on and off since 2005 and this is my third incarnation. I wonder how long this one will last.
At the present time, I am completely out of money - virtually no savings left. I should be looking for a new job urgently, but for some reason I have embarked on making, not just new pots but a new type of pot.
These are earthenware pots - slipware - different clay, different style of decoration, lower temperature. The firings are much easier - there's no chopping of wood or lengthy processes of stoking and staying awake - they get put in the kiln, it fires overnight, and they're there in the morning.
The difficulty for me is that I relied on the fire to decorate the pots, because it's something I'm not very good at. But i can dip things in slip and make marks, which for the time being, will have to do. But I'm trying to make a similar set of pots that I made for wood-firing, so this is a take on the traditional English slipware tradition, I hope - tea bowls, yunomis, beer tankards and mugs are what I've made so far.
I will need at some point to think of a way of selling these once they're complete and if they come out ok (more on that later.) Any ideas would be gratefully received. So far, I have sold on ebay and through fairs. I am not doing any fairs this year as they were largely a money pit. I have sold a few items on ebay. I will try etsy again. Local markets - especially in Cambridge. Any more ideas?
I reckon I have about four weeks to make this work or I am in big trouble.