Potters Have Much to Be Happy About

Lynne Kelsey

It has been an eventful autumn for the Robson Ranch Happy Potters! At the Holiday Market, the club realized record-breaking sales, thanks to the throngs of shoppers who came out in October. If you’re still looking for beautiful handmade pottery gifts for Christmas, be sure to check out the window outside the studio for lovely items that are now half-price!

The work didn’t stop after that, though. The dedicated members of the Kiln Krew spent the better part of a Saturday refurbishing the kiln shelves. Potters love experimenting with glazes, but sometimes these experiments result in molten glass dripping down onto the shelves. These spots must be ground off, the shelf must be sanded, and then a new coat of kiln wash, which acts as a sacrificial layer in the firing process, can be applied. It’s hard but necessary work, and our members are indebted to the volunteers who keep the kilns operating at top efficiency.

There were more improvements to be seen in November. The Room Design Committee, after much planning, revamped the configuration of the tables and shelves in the main studio and the Green Room, where clay pieces begin the drying process. These days of disassembling, reassembling, and rearranging have resulted in a much more open and organized studio space. And the more space the club has, the more wonderful projects we can create in the new year!