The big plus is that having the kids around so much more means that they are quickly becoming more and more involved in the operations of the studio. This week we spent some time learning how to go about making pinch pots.
I have to fess up… I never really got around to trying my hand at these so it was a lot of fun to give it a go with the kids. The best part was doing the surface designs. The walls were thick enough that we could safely carve into the surfaces with tools and then fill up the troughs with a cobalt slip. After they dried up a bit we scraped the surfaces down and added a coil foot. As always, I enjoyed watching their approach to design. Their designs were so free and fun, it never fails to kick up an internal dialog reevaluating how I structure my work.
I can see now that keeping these two around are going to really shake things up for me.