I’m sure you all have three or four absolutely reliable, “banker” glazes – though perhaps the term banker doesn’t carry the cachet it once did – and every time you put a pot in the kiln you know exactly how it will come out.  My situation is unimaginably far from this – more or less a situation of open hostilities, with the glazes well in the lead having already delivered several body blows.  Today is typical – pushed beyond endurance by a client’s deadline, I panicked and threw several glazes together in the hope something magical will happen in the bucket.  You all know how this story ends.  Nevertheless, here is the test kiln waiting cheekily to be switched on tomorrow -

Test glazes in the test kiln

Test glazes in the test kiln

On Nico’s side of the studio, an increasingly frantic, and I must say unusual, blur of activity is taking place as he races to get ready for the Oudtschoorn Festival -
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Here are some of his facetted bisqued bowls waiting to be glazed -
 

Facetted bisqued bowls by Nico Liebenberg

Facetted bisqued bowls by Nico Liebenberg