By patsouthwood, Sep 13 2014 08:27PM
As August passes gently into September I look forward to my holiday in Malta, a week spent with my teenage Daughter.
Workshop tidied, freezer packed for husband, fresh veg. optimistically left in a prominent place (it's a girls holiday) we set off. Ffifteen minutes down the road to lovely Norwich Airport and away we go.
Local freshly caught fish, and I have to confess, a few chips, were the order of the week, as was a lot of lying down and a fair bit of swimming. I did do some drawing, a bit of rubbish watercolour and lots of photography.
On my return the upcoming exhibition with Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society is fast approaching and work needs to be started for that. From the 22nd of November we will be showing our work at The Hostry, a beautiful flint and wood building that serves as a modern entrance to the Norman Cathedral.
I want all of my exhibition pieces to be wood & soda fired and I am working on a series of vessels that will be displayed in a big spiral, like a Mandelbrot fractal. The throwing of these forms is both really hard and really fun. When it works, it's magic, when it doesn't, it's tragic.
I now have about 30 vesels thrown and slipped, ranging from 8oz up to 8lb, in increments of half a pound.
it has been a good excercise and I have enjoyed the challenge of throwing these fat bellied forms. The rims were deliberatly mussed up as I wanted an organic conclusion. The effects of the ash and the soda will bring together the form and the surface. Hopefully.