Saturday, March 21, 2009
hummidity watch '09
Looks to be a good day to make pots. 67 degrees, and 61 percent humidity. We got this nifty little device at the beginning of the year. It's kind of fun to watch the humidity. We put a dirt floor in our shop to help keep the humidity high.
I really enjoy the slower pace that the higher humidity affords. The window of time to handle and trim pots is much larger. Also as we slip and glaze everything leather hard the higher humidity offers a larger window of time for that as well. The humidity seems to do away with the need for constantly covering and uncovering pots in plastic as well. Which I really appriciate.
The only real drawback is that when you really get going and are making pots full time you can really end up with a backlog of pots that need finishing. Multi-tasking isn't my strongest suite and this does catch up with me on occasion. For now though I'm still not really making pots full time and seem to be bouncing back and forth from the gallery to the studio so it suites me quite well for now.
For the record. if anybody is curious 61 percent humidity is a little high even for me. Might be time to kick on the dehumidifier. At 60 percent humidity if you make mugs and then stick them in a corner somewhere you can easily wait 3-4 days before you can handle them.