February is an uneventful time of year. The holidays have been packed away; the football season is over; and craft shows are several months away. So there isn’t much in the way of demand from February.
Because of the hiatus in activity, this is a great time for me to work on developing new ideas. In 2010, we worked on glaze combinations by testing lots of glazes on small bowls, which resulted in a few signature combinations. In 2011, we practiced under-glazing and glaze-resisting techniques on small plates and bowls, which resulted in a few signature patterns. This year, I am working on incorporating texture to give the pots more depth. The most recent pots have been decorated with slipped designs. This sort of work is difficult for me because I need to have an idea before I throw a pot. That means I am spending a lot of time looking at photos of fabrics, jewelry, scenery, decorations, patterns, etc. before I even get into the studio. I need inspiration! So any suggestions would be welcome.