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Let’s face it – blogging is for A-type personalities – driven, edgy types.    If you were at all interested, you would see from the rapidly increasing gap between posts that I’m definitely not one of these people.  Now I find any posts are driven more by guilt than ego.  What’s in this post is some pictures from the studio and from a visit to the home/studio of John Bauer.

Glazing oxidation ware

Glazing oxidation ware

Today's firing - cone 10 reduction - shared kiln

Today's firing - cone 10 reduction - shared kiln

Studio and pots of Yogi de Beer - Hout Bay

Studio and pots of Yogi de Beer - Hout Bay

In John Bauer's showroom - one of my urns and jugs in picture

In John Bauer's showroom - one of my urns and jugs in picture

Well, not quite, but definitely putting them on the back burner for a while.  The therapeutic qualities of working with clay are well known, and probably necessary to counteract the equally well known stresses of trying to sell your work.  We are beginning to enjoy throwing more as the water in the bowls slowly begins to warm up as we come out of winter.

Nico is busy with some large potato jars at the moment, and I seem to be in a bottle phase…

Nico beginning to swell the base of a potato jar

Nico beginning to swell the base of a potato jarBottles and potato pots

 

Bottles and potato jars

Bottles and potato jars

Some semi-finished pots waiting for bisqueing or final firing

Some semi-finished pots waiting for bisqueing or final firingRaku woman vessel completed

Raku woman vessel with white glaze

Raku woman vessel with white glaze

Temporarily inconvenienced by the silly concerns of the municipal fire inspectors about a suburban conflagration caused by kiln gas bottles, Christo Giles chose to fire his pots in Nico’s big kiln.  Slightly to our embarrassment, this turned out to be the best firing the studio has ever seen.  This is going to make us think twice about being so generous again.

Yogi de Beer, Nico Liebenberg, and Christo Giles at the opening of the kiln.

Yogi de Beer, Nico Liebenberg, and Christo Giles at the opening of the kiln.

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Some of the pots -

christo8  christo10  christo9

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Yeah, I agree with you – terrible pots – I don’t know why we let him use the kiln.  To add insult to injury, he recently exhibited them at an exhibition in Cape Town and sold them all.  No matter how hard I think I can’t work out how I can take some credit for this.

My own humble efforts have begun again – some more african woman vessels being made, and some very large slipped terracotta jars -

vessels

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