Today has been a bit of a dead loss really. I woke up really early, then went back to sleep and didn't wake up again until after 11. And then, as I was eating cereal, I had some visitors - John Whately (spelling? - sorry John) and his wife appeared at the gate, from a holiday in Felixstowe. Lovely to see them - they bought with them a pot that I made that was fired in Nics kiln last April, but which had ended up with them somehow. Set the day up nicely that did.
Then, I had a kiln on overnight with a cider jar in it - black slip, deco through glaze - and a re-fire of a mixing bowl that had a single burst bubble inside. Well, what a waste of time and money. The big jar popped - looks like a lime blow out - and the deco was just about gone. It wasn't a nice pot anyway, really. And the re-fire was even more bubbly and worse than it was before. So that'll become a flower pot or something.
Anyway, i should be making stock for Hunstanton, but I have no prepared red clay. But I did find a mystery clay - nice and wet and ready to go. I think it is one of the bags of clay I mixed up last year, based on Nics clay recipe. I wedged in a load of sand - and I mean a load - and then thew some pots off the hump - tea bowls, open tea bowls, some rice bowls and a couple of vases.
I must admit, it was lovely to throw compared to the red earthenware clay. Much more open and much much softer - almost too soft so some of these bowls might be a touch heavy. I am going to have a go at turning some of these with a sharp stick, like I've seen Ken Matsuzaki do on a video that I have of him. The feet are nice and soft that way. But possibly only on the two tea bowl shapes - so they probably won't survive.
I am really hankering to do a wood firing. I think I have two participants to share in the cost and hopefully some of the work involved in preparing the wood I have. Not sure about time scales just yet, but anyway, this'll be my contribution hopefully. We'll see.