Life keeps moving here at Windy Ridge. I found myself a job outside of the pottery to help make ends meet. I started working last week for my friend Alex Green. He has a portable sawmill and does hardwood flooring, and timber framing from local hardwoods. Along with building houses from scratch using various green building methods. You can find his web page here: Red Beard Lumber. With Christy in school full time now I knew I needed to find at least some part time work outside of the pottery. I have to admit I was wasn't looking forward to finding a "real" job. I think I really lucked out though. As far as work outside of the pottery goes, I think this will be pretty good.
In pottery related news I've almost finished up our portable shelving for displaying our work at the Madison Market, along with any other shows we might do in the future. We set up the shelving for a quick picture that we needed for a show application.
My father-in-law helped me put together the oak uprights. The shelves are pine. I still need to biscuit/glue together the pine shelving, do some sanding, and basic finishing. I'm pleased with how they look so far though. Does anyone have any insight into the best 10x10 tent to purchase for taking to craft fairs and shows?
In less concrete news I feel like I'm finally starting to become comfortable with my pots. After leaving my apprenticeship at Mark Hewitt's I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what kind of pots I wanted to make, making some good pots and many bad pots in the process. I arrived at Mark's with a deep appreciation of the pots of Warren Mackenzie, Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin, and Claire Illian. Mark's approach to clay was very different from what I had known. Leaving Hewitts after the two year apprenticeship I didn't really know where to begin. I certainly didn't want to continue on making Hewitt replicas as I had made when working for Mark. However, I couldn't go back to making the Will and Douglass style pots that I had aspired to after spending the last two years of my life focusing on throwing Mark Hewitt style pots with strong curves, clean lines, and very thin walls. I spent a good amount of time floundering around trying to figure out where I was going.
I feel like I'm finally headed in a good direction. No longer feeling self-conscious about "borrowing" visual cues from Mark, but also moving slowly and surely in a direction of my own. Only took me eight years....