A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to visit Sophie Harle (of Shiko) in her Brunswick studio. Sophie was super generous in sharing several tidbits of useful technical info about her process. Since this visit I have been especially revelling in the joys of making beakers and mugs without turning them over and trimming them on the wheel, thanks to a handy and quick tidy-up method she showed me.
Freedom from trimming has allowed me up to spend more time experimenting with vessel shapes and sizes - heaps more fun! This is one shape I've tried out recently. These beakers are subtly dimpled on two sides (gave them a pinch with thumb and finger while they are drying) and it makes them nice to hold.
I had a very nice day last Saturday and Made 'n Thornbury Craft Market. It's always a very friendly and supportive atmosphere and it's totally dissolved the market phobia I used to have (thanks largely the the great attitude of fellow stallholders). Thanks to all the lovely folks who visited me and offered kind words and/or bought some pieces!