Last year we had a tile firing/making course at Sarah Yardley’s house in downtown Downham, this year a raku, this lady is a glutton for punishment.
Getting there proved hard, it took 5 hours to get to Dartford less than 30 miles,I eventually made it. I was wondering whether it was the river Styx not the Thames.
On Friday we made the kiln from a really nice clean drum bought at auction for a fiver. Itchy itchy fibre was fastened by buttons and wire, this was quite hard without the international space station’s locator beam. We swaddled it in bricks and were all set for a morning firing on Saturday.
Blast off at dunno, I lost track of time, it was taking about an hour per firing. Results were good and as usual the glazes were behaving like they had never behaved before, not never nohow.
I was lost in the moment that became moments
that became the day. There was a thunder storm and a downpour on Friday night, not to be out done Saturday night thought it would have one too. We sat under a very good gazebo stuffing our faces with chish and fips.
Vanessa took over the baton on Sunday and fired in her little factory made kiln, much quicker than the home made one. At about midday the thunderstorms returned and with avengance. There must have been three circling us and very loudly telling us they were near.Within an hour everything was flooded so we left for a curry.
Monday dawned bright and beautiful but it was time to leave.
Thanks Sarah and Rick for your hospitality, same time next year ???