Long overdue but what a trip it's been.
The studio moved to new digs designed for ceramics- quite a job in itself- unfortunately one of our electric kilns didn't do so well and is due to get replaced soon. And then there was the new equipment to install. Not to terribly difficult although the large gas reduction kiln (bought as a unit) was about at our limits to handle. Then there were the
we built, each a different design- wood anigama, soda downdraft and experimental/ small load updraft. Building kilns is a challenging learning experience- block and brick laying not being skills I had.
Then comes learning how to use all this stuff- wood produces different results from soda from reduction from raku and they all work different- computer controlled electric is easy - program and walk away. Not so the others- wood is the most effort being a group affair.
New kilns means new clays, new glazes, new techniques- the learning goes on!
edit: my background must have crashed so have switched to no skin setting