Jeff and I are getting our collaborative work done for the Piedmont Craftsmen's show next month. We will be exhhibiting our work in a group booth, the weekend before Thanksgiving... the same weekend as the Celebration of Seagrove Potters.
Last week Jeff threw a few large platters and shallow bowls. It was so humid that it took forever for them to get to the point of being trimmed, slipped, and carved.
Yesterday I was finally able to get my hands on them.
Jeff had brushed on the slip days before.
I lightly sketch my design with a pencil. It was a little softer than I like to draw on, but we really needed to get these platters done.
Next I carve the ginkgo leaf outline.
Then I carve away the background. This is obviously the part that takes the longest. I usually like to turn on the radio and listen to whatever is on WUNC public radio while carving. Sometimes I am amazed at how much time has passed when I am finished. I often switch between standing and sitting while I carve. It's a little easier on my "getting old body" to move around a lot.
One more to go today and then it's back to the wheel.