Tempus Fugit

Will someone please tell me where they’ve put my May, June, July and most of August? I can’t believe my last post was APRIL!

We’ve had a very busy summer, with the Forth Valley a open Studios event in June, preceded by lots of prep, inside and outside the studio. Our back garden was the main thoroughfare to the studio for visitors, so we spent most of the month before doing some landscaping to make it navigable.

We had a couple of rather fun Raku firing sessions during open studios, and our visitors enjoyed it immensely, despite the howling wind one day, and rain the next.

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July has seen some hand building work, with our cute little Espresso Cups getting lots of ❤ on Etsy and large bowls for our local farm shop/deli grand opening which was this week (The Woodhouse at Kippen Station run by our lovely friends the Lamb Family). The bowls are now sitting happily full of Olives in their new home at the deli counter, and I'll be making more for sale soon. I'll have to pop along and get photos, as I rather stupidly forgot to get a pic before I delivered them! Of course I'll have to stop in at the coffee shop for a cappuccino and a home made scone while I'm there 😀

And now we're in August… rapidly approaching September! Just out of the Bisque kiln this morning are a set of six Bud Vases for the Gargunnock Bite n Blether, a community-run coffee shop, hosted in the community centre a few days each week. They'll be glazed in the next few days and then fired, ready for the Bite n Blether starting up again early next month.

I've been playing around with more hand-built pieces, and have a half dozen soap dishes drying now, a wee trial run. I quite like the design, but it goes through so many changes from wet clay to finished glaze piece that it will look completely different at the end. I have an idea of what I hope it'll look like, but only time and two firings will tell.

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Mo’s been busy tile-doodling and I’ll grab some pics of these as they come out of glaze firing. She has some new coo tiles, both Hielan’ coos and Fresian, as well as some lovely abstract tiles.

Our shedio got a mini makeover before the Open Studios event, and is still looking rather spiffy. We are now adding to our workspace with the arrival of Mo’s new ‘Paint Shed’ to go with the Potting Shed. This weekend will be painting inside and out and laying a floor, before we start to fill it with canvasses, paints, easels and lots of other goodies. That’s a post for another day.

I solemnly promise to not let 3 whole months go by without a post next time! Too busy potting and having fun. 🙂