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Friday, September 10, 2010

Inspiration, or Trepidation?

Pictured above is a 25 lb bag of Lambert Wood Fire Clay. I picked it up last week, and it has taken over my thoughts and dreams. Should I make a teapot, a vase, mugs, cups, plates or ??? Will anything be good enough, or will it be too perfect and strained? Am I going to be so nervous about this that nothing will be good enough, or once I sit down at the wheel, will my trepidations disappear and the work will flow?
I will start at the beginning. Last year I decided to take a ceramics course at my local college. My professor was Justin Lambert who has a pottery studio in Jupiter, FL (Live Oak Pottery)
All during the semester he talked about how he was re-building his wood fired Anagama Kiln. He captured my imagination and I started reading books on wood firing.
I really wanted to participate in one of his firing workshops, but was not able to do so at that time. Now, a year later, both my eyes have been fixed (cataracts) and I have plunked my money down, and picked up my "dirty porcelain" clay. The firing will be in December, so I have plenty of time to dream, perchance to sleep. And when I wake, perchance to make:>)


Heather Leavers said...

I'm sure your muse will strike - good luck, we look forward to seeing the result!

Unknown said...

Very nice Pat, good luck on your work with Justin and I hope all comes out to your liking with his methods.