I’ve always struggled with the dark days of Winter and January has not not been kind. It’s the absence of light that really gets me. I think I’m a S.A.D. victim and hanker after blue skies. For therapy I’ve resorted to interior decorating and have embarked on a decluttering and reordering project in the house. I’ve painted the dark brown dresser and bookcases and lightened things up. I’m very pleased with the result.
Over the years I’ve got into the habit of rushing too much. I think that came from my double jobbing life where time always seemed to be scarce. Recently a penny dropped in my head and I realised that I needed to break that habit and slow up. In the workshop I’ve been making teabowls on the kick wheel. The kick wheel makes you work to a different rhythm. The wheel turns slower by necessity. You use softer clay to make the kicking less taxing. Your mind has more time to consider and it comes out in the pots. Most of the teabowls are made in a white stoneware clay to which I add about a third of iron rich gritty clay. Some of these bowls will be fired in a saggar in my small Phoenix kiln. Others will be fired in the Glencairn noborigama.