I only put in a 12 hour day today.  I realized tonight that it's been common for me to be in the pottery from 9 am to 11:30 pm.  Healthy?  

My sister Mandy and her family visited today!  Have you ever tried to explain something to someone and you realize they can't understand you.  I hope these daily updates help people understand what my emerging artist residency is about.  But nothing beats actually sharing the experience.  Now Mandy's family will "get it".

I finished the pelican/flow sculpture tonight.  Tubes and bird both needed to firm up enough to handle the transfer and the weight, yet soft enough to join together.  I sped the process with a heat gun.  Nothing collapsed!  Thanks for helping Colin!

Speaking of Colin, he had a big day.  He got the green light to go ahead with a new form using the Hera tool that he's been making. Richard demonstrated a bowl for Colin to chase after.  Apprentices make most of their own tools here.  In this case the Hera is a very specific shape that allows unique shaping and compression of the clay.  Colin has been carving and sanding this tool for the past week.  See Richard use the Hera tool in this excerpt from the 1995 PBS documentary "Clay, Wood, Fire, Spirit: The Pottery of Richard Bresnahan.

A new form began today.  This figure is based on Martin Luther's theological stance that mankind is "Simul Justus Et Peccator" (simultaneously saint and sinner).  Watch for this to develop in the coming days.