How has everyone been? My life has been crazy (as usual) but good. A few months ago I had a couple bad firings in a row and about the same time the weather started getting nice enough for me to get out and enjoy the weather with my other hobbies and then business picked up so much that I havent had time for much else.
I have been working on a very big project with a lot of research and time devoted to it but today I found myself with some time and no customers calling so I turned off all my communication devices, ran upstairs and sat at my wheel for a few hours. Even though I havent thrown for months it has constantly been in my mind and I have had this serving bowl or fruit bowl in my mind that I wanted to try. I grabbed about 5 pounds of clay, threw it on the wheel and away I went.. I was shocked how well I did, it was like I hadnt even taken a few months off! It felt so good to be on the wheel again!
Lately I have been having trouble with bowls warping. I think I might have a clue why but I am up for suggestions and if I am correct would be nice to have it confirmed. After throwing I cut them off the bat, leave sit for a few hours to set up then I re-cut them and flip them over.. very careful not to push in on the sides. Several hours later they are ready to trim and when I look at them they are warped. The only thing I can think of is they are drying to fast. I have noticed since late fall the air seems dryer and everything is drying quicker... doesnt really make sense to me why drying faster they would warp but its the only thing I can come up with... any suggestion would be helpful.
I am using a stoneware clay.. everything is drying so quick that if I throw bowls in the morning they are trimmed and done by evening.
Months ago I went to a local shop with some of my pottery, the owner really liked my work and we discussed putting some of my stuff in her shop to sell. Then, everything went bad with the electric issues and all that crazy stuff and I put it off until I was set up right. Earlier this week I took some stuff there and she was very excited and I am officially selling some stuff locally. She also asked if I would like to do some throwing classes so I am hoping to start doing some of that soon as well!
I finished another firing.. 6th without any issues after the electric issues.. feels great to be on a roll and things running smoothly, starting to get some stuff fired and pottery building up. I have to say its the first time everything has seemed in place since I got started in this and it feels amazing!