Summer Not Yet Over!

Though the calendar says it is autumn, Mother Nature says otherwise!  I am thrilled by the warm dry autumn days because  I can continue to throw pots on my back porch!

Most recently, I have been working on plates.

Bisque ware plates, hand thrown by me, waiting for their bottoms to be waxed!

 

I have been using a certain mid-fire cone 6 clay for over 10 years and never had a problem with it until this summer. Unusually large particle size causing pits, chips, holes and heartache.

Piece after piece damaged.

 

The combination of a new clay and extended summer has motivated me to keep throwing!

Back in business with a new clay! Made test bowls today to 👀 how this clay reacts with my glazes! So far, I LOVE this clay!

 

I’m not the only one enjoying the warmer weather and pottery!

Every fall it is the invasion of the stink bugs! “Brown marmorated stink bugs are an invasive species from Asia that arrived in Pennsylvania in 1996. The stink bug earned its name from its tendency to release an odor when disturbed or when crushed. Stink bugs search for overwintering sites in late fall to find shelter from the winter weather” and they do so en masse!

 

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