A big thank you to Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust for successfully frying my brain today in her online workshop, "Sell More Online This Christmas". So much wonderful information, just need to let it all sink in over the weekend.
Then allowed myself some throwing time. I threw some test pots for glazing samples, some bowls for Raku firing (did these in white earthenware as they seem to show colour well) and some Xmas baubles - I know, it's summer but I have to start thinking Xmas now as pottery has such a long lead time and then need photos ready to advertise for sale. Finally I threw some stoneware mugs for my beach theme. Struggled to get these off the new wheel without distorting so hope they will be ok
Almost forgot my Raku bird. My pinched version seems a little heavy so tried slipcasting the body. Much bigger, only time will tell if any good.
I was washing up when it started to feel like something was biting my ankle so just picked up my foot and rubbed against other, like you do, then all of a sudden it felt like I was being bitten all over my ankles and lower legs by hundreds of ants – pins and needles and pain – ouch! Looked down and had what looked like a normal house fly on my ankle so flicked it off. Had to go sit down and this is what developed.
Guess it must be a baby horse fly? I am sensitive to bites and horse fly bites usually blister but having fibro makes you even more sensitive and the pain/pins and needles now feels like its got into my bones and going as far up as my hips. Painkillers, antihistamine, a few choice words and a good long rest with feet up. Wait till I catch that blooming fly!!!!
My Engine House water feature prototype is finally working - in a fashion. The clear pipe that I ordered has arrived and it fits (it's amazing how many "hats" you have to wear as a designer/maker even in pottery).
So this clip is of the water being pumped up to the filter top which it drops through and out a small hole at the bottom to the channel. Sorry about the pipe showing but need to work out where this needs to go first before I can hide it. The main part of the filter area is filled with barley straw and then topped with filter foams - not my ideal choice but cheap for testing. I plan to use volcanic rock, ceramic tubes and possibly charcoal along with the barley straw on the finished version. When it comes to selling, I haven't decided whether it would be best to sell filled or empty so people may choose their own preferences. Thoughts appreciated.
In this one I have directed the pipe into the channel at the top above the wheel. I know that this wheel does not move freely and even if it did, it probably won't do much as it is ceramic but I would like the water to wash over it (hopefully I have changed this in mark II which is waiting to go in the kiln for its glaze firing - I have also tried a different glaze on it). I was thinking of splitting the pipe in two at the top so that it does both but actually, now I've seen it in action, I think I would prefer to have a faster pump which fills the inside up so that it overflows from the top as well as coming out from the bottom. Still all in all a very happy potter.