The weather in Trail is very HOT in the summer, so firing my kiln usually has to wait until September when the temperatures start to cool off. I almost have my kiln full with a bisque load ready for when I can start to fire again. Meanwhile, I keep making new pieces.
I don’t enjoy making sets like dinner sets, mug sets, nesting bowls, but I do like making small sets that the pieces don’t have to match except for the glaze. I think that a single set is a good gift for someone just starting out on their own, or your Mom or Dad, sister or brother, or the hard to buy for friend..
It’s a beautiful sunny morning and the trees are now turning green with their new leaves. The past 6 weeks have been “interesting”. The first weeks I decided it was a good time to clean my “studio”, which I did, although it’s always an ongoing project. My goal of 20 mugs a month has fallen by the wayside as I decided I needed to conserve my clay or I would run out. I’ve used the time to try some new techniques which are now loaded in the kiln for their first firing. The outcomes of new techniques is a process that sometimes needs to go through several firings. With the warmer weather, I’m looking at taking my kiln shelves outside to grind, spraying glazes on my pots, scrubbing out some empty buckets, washing my tools, larger bats and equipment, and more. My kiln is just about full with a bisque firing, which I hope to do in the next few days, I just have a couple of pieces that I’m waiting for to dry to finish loading the kiln.
This morning, I’m looking at 2020. I continue to have my pottery available in various galleries and gift shops in the Kootenays. “Yes Please” in downtown Castlegar carries a good variety of my pots, “Unwind, More Than a Yarn Store”, has a small selection, “Kootenay Gallery”, located by the Castlegar AirPort, is getting ready for their upcoming fund raiser, “Soup For the Cultured Soul” and I will be providing soup bowls and some new work for this event. I also have pottery in “Gallery 2” in Grand Forks. In Downtown Trail, I have pottery at “Ye Olde Flower Shoppe” on Spokane St.
I’m looking forward to once again being at the “Kootenay Festival” in July, in Castlegar and after a 2 year break, participating in the “Columbia Basin Culture Tour” in August, and holding my 2nd Annual Christmas Open House in Dec., yes I’m already thinking about December.
I’m excited to once again have a gift shop where my pottery can be displayed and purchased in Downtown Trail, BC. My pottery can be found in Ye Olde Flower Shoppe on Spokane St.