I haven’t been in the studio since before Christmas and so it was with some excitement that I headed over there yesterday, to start the first wood stove of 2012! It’s been a lovely few weeks, exploring other creative aspects of life…like photography and painting.
There’s nothing like a trip to the city for a nice hit of chaos and stimulation to get myself motivated and excited to get back to working with clay. I met up with one of my dearest and longest standing friends…Jane, who flew to Halifax from toronto for this past weekend!
I drove down there on Friday, and we had 3 nights and 2 1/2 wonderful, energetic days. We walked all over the city, it is a wonderful place to explore. Haven’t spent too much time there so it was all very new and exciting. We walked and walked, talked and talked – covering all aspects of life…good and not so good!!! Explored churches, some really impressive looking buildings….shops, art galleries, farmer’s market, cafes!
And down by the waterfront was just glorious! The weather was a mixed bag, Saturday biting cold and windy, but Sunday was a lot easier! While down at the waterfront, we wandered around, enjoying the amazing light across the water and the beautiful, huge skies!
We were pretty happy to find an indoors farmer’s market and we hung out there for sometime. Then we found the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, which was open on a sunday and there was an amazing exhibition of Clay Forms, by Rory MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. I was so impressed with this show, the forms were strong and stunning, the treatment amazing……they seemed to be fired quite low, with a black matte slip, and then he drew on them with chalk! pretty wild idea really!
So back to why the excitement in the studio!!! We bought a brand new Bailey Extruder….it’s much bigger than the one i had in my other studio, but this one not only has the ability to make coils (all my handles are made from coils), but it has the possibility of hollow forms! Terry is particularly excited about that!!
I’m not sure how much i’ll use it for anything other than handles, but you never know!!! But i am now looking forward to getting back to production and some explorations, i can only stay out of the mud for so long before i feel a bit off kilter!