After the fullness of the holiday season, I enjoy the contemplative quiet of January which is why I have only just fired my first kiln load of the year. And although I have been working in the studio, it has been at a much slower pace. Last year, I worked steadily through the year and the end result was that I made over 300 mugs which is a bit overwhelming to think about but is also the magic of compound pottery. A few pots made regularly result in a large accumulation of pots over time.
I have often referred to my number – that is the number of pots I can make at a time, remain interested, and avoid tedium. For mugs, my number was 5. (In fact, I made 5 mugs so often, that my number increased to 8.) So essentially, I made 5 mugs a week last year which is less overwhelming to think about and makes the number of mugs that I plan to make this year seem very do-able.
What pots could you compound this year?