Good morning and happy Midsummer's Day to us all. Today is the longest day and the shortest night and from here on winter creeps towards us again.
BBC tells us that it's going to be light rain and a gentle breeze but it isn't, it's lovely and sunny! Maybe it's lurking nearby, ready to pounce when washing goes out but right now I'll take the sun with gratitude!
Yesterday was indeed a cheerful day. I got ironing done (and those sheets iron up very well so three cheers), did a wee bit of weeding but not enough, enjoyed tuition and whizzed happily off to pottery in the evening. My last leaf coaster was done (bottom left)and I think I like it the best in shape and also in glaze. It's weird; all four have been glazed with the same glaze but have come out so differently. Lesson number 7,492 - things that belong together should be glazed together. Never mind, they are nice and I will use them with pleasure although I still don't like the top right one as much as the others! It doesn't mean I don't like it, it's just doesn't work as well and anyway, the stem broke off!
Only a couple of bits had dropped off the bowl and they didn't matter really. I worked on it, smoothing and neatening front and back and Alex put it straight in the kiln to be fired. Then I had to think of something that can be done pretty quickly as I only have two more sessions as I will be on holiday for the last session (I mis-timed things, silly me) and ended up using terracotta clay for the first time to make a simple, plain bowl that I will use as a bird bath/drinker thingy. By working really fast, I managed to get it done and ready for firing too - it really is extremely simple with four holes around the edge and no other decoration and I will use garden twine make a hanger using macrame and beads. If it doesn't work with water (and I don't see why it shouldn't), then I can use it as another feeder instead.
So next week will be one long glazing session and as I have no idea what colours I want, I need to think fast. I think the water bowl should be a pale green but the 'leaf' bowl (they really don't look like leaves any more) could be any colour really. It won't hold anything like crisps, etc, as they would fall out at the side but it would work as a bread bowl, I think. Maybe I should choose a colour that works with my china.
Really sorry, I forgot to take my camera - again.
And finally, I asked Alex when the next term's courses would be live and she thinks it is July 1st so I will be on the look out then. 'They' might give her another day course as they are proving very popular. Beth wants to come along come the Autumn which will be really nice.
Today I have absolutely nowt in the diary, nothing at all. Not even tuition. I'm not sure what I'm going to do but I'm sure I will enjoy it.
To finish - a few more garden photos.