The small kiln in my apartment, which I use for all my small-batch firings and touch-ups, is currently down for repairs and has been that way since December. I have, honestly, been avoiding dealing with it. In the meantime, I do have a huge lovely kiln sitting in my dad’s garage–two hours away from here. The main result of this has been a longer delay for custom orders, although it has of course slowed down my general production too.
However, I went a little clay-crazy last fall and have a few big boxes of items that still need to be photographed and listed in the shop, so I have no shortage of “new” things to share. Aside from the kiln problems, this has been very helpful to me because a lot of things have kept me away from the mud since the beginning of the year.
I was sick three times between January and now, both of them seeming to linger forever. This winter was just intolerably long and cold and gloomy for me, and my health seemed to be indicative of my general mood. On our first sunny day, Orin and I went to Golden Gate Park and I was practically swooning from joy at the sunshine.
And meanwhile, I have been planning a wedding–our wedding. This is so exciting but totally out of my range of experience. We’re getting married on May 15th, in this amazing train museum, out in the country. It’s going to be awesome, but ugh, the planning! Fortunately we have slowly built up a “team” of friends and friendly vendors, which has helped a lot.
The florist and I have been talking about how to incorporate my ceramics into the reception. We’re currently thinking about using some of my wee planters, filled with succulents, as favors at the place settings.
We’re also going to have some of my bisque plates for people to sign.
I feel really great knowing that I’m going to be able to share my art at a day that is so important to me personally. I had some crazy ideas when we were first engaged–making all the dinnerware for the reception, making ceramic invitations for everyone, etc. It was just too much. But I should be able to do this, at least!
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