The Carnival is Over

It seems to have taken me a while to come up for air at the end of term but, at last I have time to focus on how my work has progressed this year, during the diploma.  I can honestly say that I have never had so much fun or been so satisfied with my efforts as I have been during some of the projects this year.  The wall assemblage project felt like a highlight at the time but since then have come other excitements, such as discovering what happens when you use very expensive magazines as the basis for porcelain slip.  I do not think I had expected anything quite so extraordinary to happen and I am not sure that my tutors did either!  There is a lot of work to do on this process before I have made anything which does not practically explode when you approach it because of it’s fragility but I have every intention of pursuing this way of working and see how far I can push things.  On top of that, I find that I can throw!  It is a bit like riding a bike – the more you think about balance, the more likely you are to fall off.  Once I stopped caring about the result, the clay seemed to do its own thing and suddenly I was left with something resembling a pot!  experimenting with glazes has been another highlight of the year, the most exciting being my spodumene glaze which reminds me of a crust of salt crystals drying in the sun.  So what happens next?  I can hardly wait for the term to begin but before that I have some commissions to work on, some glazes to plan and a project, set by college and right up my street, entitled A Journey.  No where will that take me, I wonder!

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Diploma assessment over – phew

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So the assessment is over and, although I have no idea if I did well or not, I am fairly confident that I have made it onto next year.  They certainly didn’t tell me that I had not!  So I have packed it all up and brought it back to the studio. We spent a day making shelves and also improving the lighting in the studio ready for the next Open Studios and I have managed to find homes for most things but it looks a bit like squashing a quart into a pint pot.  I will either have to sell a load or be very ruthless and chuck out the bad stuff.  Always a difficult decision.  Anyway, at least I have a bit of space in my head now to concentrate on the various commissions from the last event and I have already got cracking with those.  So if you are waiting for something, fear not.  I am on it at last.