Much as I like being back, being in the city is difficult for potters. No more gas kiln, no more studio 100’ from my house. After much searching I found a studio, 50 sq ft in a large space near Chinatown in Vancouver, with access to kiln, (cone 6 electric), slab roller, extruder, etc- an amazing setup. However, it means I have to learn all new glazes, etc, so my productivity has been limited. Since I have no idea how long this arrangement will last, I have decided to change my style, and plan to use porcelain/white clay, and decorate using only slips and a clear glaze. That way, if I have to relocate again, the change won’t be quite as drastic. But- using colored slips, or using colors at all, takes a while to learn. How much red? How much yellow? Where do I add a green accent? So the next few months will be interesting!
Here is my “studio”, and a picture of some of the larger space.
And here are my first attempts at using colored slip