For those not in the know, I am currently working three days a week back in the office world of IT. It's paying the bills and allowing me to spend four days a week doing other things. At the moment, since I have pulled out of Potfest Scotland, I am doing some of the garden chores. So this weekend I created this space:
Doesn't look that impressive, except to do it I had to fill this:
Anyway, the place still looks a mess, but it's a bit better. Here's the view of the kiln - you can see my extensive national collection of nettles (interlaced with a variety of willowherbs - a smashing combination.)
Well, I got some plants in to pots too - here's the window where the building rubble used to be:
And at the back door, a herb garden in pots. I'm going to have to make some big pots for plants - I don't like the plastic ones much - they're functional and not undecorative in their way, but not what I'd like. Anyway, the wind is picking up here - so I expect to find them scattered everywhere at some point.
Anyway, i am still making pots, although not as many. I still do one day a week in Hunstanton, and have found that I can get pots home if they are allowed to dry out a little too much. Some survive, some don't. I've more or less decided to halt the earthenware experiment for a bit, so I can get a wood firing going at some point. I never managed to fix the glaze peeling/shivering issue and after throwing a whole lot of pots away of the last few weeks, i've decided it's a waste of time. But here are a few recent efforts.