Sunday, May 12, 2013

Making Pottery in the Bulldog Studio

Bruce Attaching a Handle onto his Pitcher
We have been working steadily here at Bulldog Pottery. Many pots made, now to get them dry and load them into the kiln for the first firing stage, that we call bisque.  This stage of the process hardens the pottery which makes it more durable to apply the glazes.

It always amazes us whenever going through the cycle of making just how time consuming "making" is.  We rarely ever time ourselves. We just work until we can't work anymore, and we get as much done as we can in the time frame that we have.  We have a open shop for the public here at our place in Seagrove and we talk with people everyday day throughout the year about pottery and life.  It is really enjoyable, we meet lots of great people.  We often get asked,  "How long did it take to make that cup... or that jar or that vase"?  This is a good question and a hard one to answer, and also a question we ask ourselves as well.  We rarely time ourselves and when we do I usually say I am not going to do that again (mostly because we really don't want to know). We make our work through serial processes, and that series can have us going through the process for 1.5 months - 2 months, depending on studio and life scheduling. Our schedule is constantly changing to adapt to what is happening- in the shop, studio, community, and events coming up.  
Anyway, we usually answer this question by saying it is a process, we work in a serial fashion and it takes us 1.5 to 2 months to see a body of work through to completion. I still don't think that nails it because there are so many other things that go on in the life of a full-time studio potter.  Glaze preparation, clay preparation, clay reprocessing, equipment maintenance, ......, and then there is creative maintenance.  Glaze designing and testing, new forms, new images, new processes,....Egads!  We must be pottery geeks!

We are getting ready for "Cousins in Clay", it is around the corner and we have lots of glazing ahead of us. 

Please join us for our annual pottery weekend event. We are really excited to have David MacDonald, Jack Troy, and Michael Kline here, with their wonderful pottery. There will be music on both days, some nibbles, a Saturday demo by Bruce and Michael, Potters Potluck at noon on Sunday, and Jack Troy will read some of his poems on Sunday after lunch.

See you Soon!

"Cousins in Clay" - June 1-2, 2013 - at Bulldog Pottery, in Seagrove, North Carolina more details at Cousins in Clay Website.

Samantha's Altered Drinking Cups
Bruce Smoothing out a Handle on his Mug
Samantha Decorating a Vase with Insect Imagery

Bruce Throwing Porclain Mugs
Samantha's Covered Jars Awaiting Knobs
Samantha Designing the Knobs to the Covered Jars

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