The Spaceship Urn part 2

Well, it’s been a hugely busy few weeks.
I went back to work, the pop-up shop opened, and I have finally managed to bisq fire the 2 surviving urns. Oh, and my hubby and I went to the Duxford Airshow (709 photos!?!?!?!?). We saw a Mitchell Spitfire with my last name on the side (sort of). My hubby’s last name is Mitchell….
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Well, 3 urns survived the turning/trimming process, but then, after I attached the fins, I knocked one over and all three fins came off. By that stage, the clay was way too dry to re-wet and attach, even though it’s paper porcelain. I used vinegar in the joining slip, but the join just didn’t seem to be good enough. So after that, I got the surviving two into the kiln for a soft bisq. It meant a not very full kiln, but I couldn’t bear to take any more risks. Now I just have to glaze them. I’m so excited and very very sad. Dad won’t get to see the finished result.

Making the fins was time consuming, starting with a very technical guide
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I then cut three blanks
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Which I carefully carved into streamlined shapes and attched them with a slip made from the clay and vinegar to get
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As you can imagine, it was a huge relief to get them into the kiln for their first firing. I don’t have to panic when I handle them now.

Now, about the pop-up shop…. WOW! The first week I only made a couple of sales, but the second week, my mugs were almost flying out the shop! Now, with just one week to go, I have very little stock left and have to get onto making again. Only 2 yarn bowls are left, out of 8. All of the ones I’ve featured have sold, it’s been very exciting. I know now that my work really is worth the effort so now I have to really knuckle down and make a shed load, literally. There’s a gallery that’s expressed an interest in stocking my work, the open studios weekend is coming up http://www.bathartistsstudios.co.uk/open-studios.html, and I need to get ready for the xmas markets I hope to do.

So that’s me. I’ve been dreading doing this post, and found I couldn’t during the week with my hubby away at work, and now I’ve left it to the last minute. Only two more posts to go on this, and then back to yarn bowls and swirly mugs, and no more play/product development till xmas is gone again.

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