This is based on an email sent to Jonathan and Ed on Wednesday. It’s appropriate to describe the top of the week that I have been having and also saves time on having to write a blog from scratch.
It has been a hell of a week with more and more things piling on at last minute and at short notice. I have had endless tasks to do and I’m up tonight to do sixth form Year 12 reports for tomorrow morning. I have (let’s say) had an emotionally stressful week at work, but I have managed today to secure Monday off with an unpaid leave of absence. However, that has meant that I left school after 6pm as I had to set cover work with resources and instructions for the teachers covering my lessons. Beforehand I had to complete student attainment data spreadsheets. So hopefully things will be okay next Monday for installing my ceramic lips with the LEDs that Ed has been working on.
I had to make a new bunch of lips on yesterday as the first set came out flat as pancakes due to high kiln temperature. My mistake for thinking that Parian Clay could withstand the heat. I don’t think Taslim was impressed when he was taking them out of the Kiln. I was on to the phone to my beloved Northern Kilns where Adrian kindly talked me through making another program setting on for Parian.
“This is a steep learning curve for you isn’t it Sharon!”
I could sense Adrian’s supportive smile on the other end of the phone, up north in Cumbria. He was right, that had been my third telephone tutorial with Adrian about firing and my kiln controller in the last six weeks. Thanks to him I now have a programme setting for 1. Bisque, 3. Porcelain and 4. Parian. I’m not sure what program 2 is but I do know it’s a low and slow firing. However, as I’ve now practically run out of time I now have I’ve gone back to using Porcelain trying to reduce the risk of things going wrong. So there’s now a fresh batch of lips made in various sizes in my tiny kiln on Program 4 ready for Friday. I had taken on board Ed’s comment from the week before that he would have liked to see the lips at various sizes. I had thought about this when I was making them but opted for the one size to save time, but then used small leftover pieces of clay to make small Adinkra bowls. So I wasn’t really saving time. Therefore I decided this time to use the scrap pieces of clay to make smaller lips.
I had made two out of the four planned large lips and used my 3D printed word stamps ‘Mountain’ on the back of one and ‘Horizon’ on the back of the other. Quite tricky as to gage the right thickness of the clay when using them.
I have been moving from one thing to the next trying to keep on track with my calendar, to-do lists and weekly schedule that I had created at the start of this month.
I’m constantly thinking to review, assessing my progress with little energy or time by the end of the day to document on my blog. I’m feeling a little unprepared for tomorrow’s install as having to think about so many things. My thought process during the past couple of weeks seems to be instinctive or is it intuitive? Either way, I’m feeling good about the quiet space despite my initial questions of doubt that it may be a risk and a contradiction to wanting to be a visible voice.