|2011 class with Joe Molinaro and Richard Burkett|
First day was tough though. I had to get my bearings in unfamiliar territories. Get used to the wheel, the studio, the clay body in use for the class, the people around me. I am not used to the noise while I work, it was probably the toughest adjustment. But the next day I was relaxed and back into a creative mode.
|Mugs mugs mugs !|
|Danae at the wheel|
|Merle burning the midnight oil|
|Ron rocking handles|
|Joe demoing slanting mugs|
|Richard explaining Soda firing|
|David praying soda solution|
|Danae and Merle checking out the results|
|Pretty colors !|
It sure was unpredictable. Firings were uneven in temperatures, with accidents (cone pack explosion, shelf breaking). Kiln was newly built, with little mileage. Its behavior was pretty much unknown. Consequently, I "lost" a fair number of pieces, close to 50% of them. Some got broken (bad shelf), underfired, overfired, overexposed with soda. But some turned out great ! So yes, I'll try soda again. The colors are warm, with a deep shine that makes the pieces pop. I undestand the attraction, it can become addictive.
|Midweek potluck fun|
(LtoR: Harriet, Eileen, Ron, Nancy, Deirdre, Merle, Danae)
|Ron and his white tiger|
In summary, I am hooked. And I am eager to discover next Summer's program!