Monday, May 27, 2013

Spring Clean Up

Eastern Fence Lizard at Emmaus Farm
  After three weekends of shows and kiln firings, then a conference in Pennsylvania, I'm trying to get back in the studio, excavate my wheel from under the boards and clay that pile up during kiln load prep, and generally trying a little spring cleaning!

  The farm is exploding with vegetables and the fruit trees and bushes are happy and leafy. We're into our 5th week of the Three Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this week, feeding 18 families from the area. Lizards are all over the place- including some great Eastern Fence Lizards like the one in the photo. I had a wren nesting in a box with my kao-wool (insulation fiber for the kiln) over the last few weeks. Babies hatched and fledged away now so I can have my box back!
  That's the short update for now- hopefully going to make some pots today!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Firing in Seagrove

What do I think of when I fire a kiln? I think of the video above, the giant plant from Little Shop of Horrors saying "FEED ME SEYMOUR!"
 I did a firing with Anne Pärtna of Blue Hen Pottery yesterday down in Seagrove.Anne has a Bourry Box kiln, so it was a nice change of pace to fire something different from my own, and different from many of the other wood kilns in the Seagrove area.
We salted later in the evening and shut the little beast down a little after 10:00 pm. From the view through the bourry box, things looked really good! We'll see this week!
Anne salting the kiln with a salt solution
And you can come see for yourself next week at the Old Salem Pottery Fair on the Square!