Summer in eastern NC is relentlessly hot and humid. Although I love going out to the studio in the morning in my p.j.’s and working until after 8 in daylight, it is hot and I long for the cool autumn days. Here are few things that help make the dog days of summer more bearable for me:
- A fan – even in the hottest days, moving air is refreshing. I have a ceiling fan in my studio which often cools the studio enough for me to avoid using the A/C.
- An A/C unit – there are afternoons when nothing but air conditioning makes the studio bearable. I am so thankful for the window unit in my small studio.
- Cool water – I let the water run a bit before filling my buckets. Then I have cool water for throwing which is very nice when it is over 90°.
- Open-toed shoes – I don’t mind getting clay on my toes.
- Shades – I draw the curtains in the studio in the late afternoon to keep the harsh summer light from heating the studio. There is something soothing about dimmed afternoon light.
- Iced tea – it is light and caffeinated.
- A good audio book – aren’t beach reads essential to summer? A good audio book keeps me in the studio longer (truthfully, this is a year-round indulgence).
- Potted flowers – the seem cheery even in the sweltering afternoon heat.