It has been a busy week or so for me between visits to York, Derby, Uppingham and UCLAN. I already wrote about my visit to York previously. I went to Derby to try a discus pottery wheel unfortunately I haven't sold the wheel I don't want any more otherwise I would have bought the wheel then and there, for such a small light wheel they are amazingly powerful and are perfect when I attend other places, it means I don't have to lug around the Shimpo unless we are taking more than one.
We went to Uppingham to see the Nic Collins show that was recommended by Andrew Douglas, it really was amazing, the pots look so much better in the flesh and feel so smooth despite all the lumps and bumps. It was something very different to the highly polished work you see at ceramic fairs, and is just something that isn't possible as a student at UCLAN. I would have bought a piece of Nic's work but I just didn't quite have enough money for the piece I wanted.
The Goldmark Gallery was amazing, especially with all the work in the basement, it was like a treasure trove, and of course there were many pots that caught my eye but there was one I especially liked even in the half light, so I bought it after trying to leave half a dozen times without it.
I went to UCLAN again because the technician Geoff is doing me yet another favour, they have been so good to me since I left.
Yesterday I also mixed up a fresh bucket of glaze ready to get on top again once I get some bisque firing done this next week. I have storage jars and cookie jars covering the studio, so then are going to be fired up glazed and then stored as there isn't much room for them to be on display.
Today I painted our kitchen ready for some shelving to go up to store pottery on while waiting to be fired. My granddad is coming to help me put up some that was previously in my sisters house, which means the kitchen table should be freed up from being my major storage area.
I also want to work on getting into some galleries, rather than trying to do all the sales myself. I just need to work out where I am going to get some images printed to create a gallery pack and rebuild the website to something a little more stylish.