I enrolled myself in 10 weeks of weaving classes at The Little Loomhouse. Unfortunately not enough people signed up so they are unable to hold the classes. I did, however, make the trip out there anyway and had a lovely chat with Sally Moss. She is a master weaver, very talented and worked over 11 years under Lou Tate herself. I learned a lot tonight about the history, about weaving, about Lou Tate and about Sally. After getting a small taste of what all goes into the preparation for weaving, I'm not sure to what extent I will take my curiosity. I do still want to dabble into it a bit. I fell in love with the Loomhouse tonight. At the very least I would like to find some way of getting involved, perhaps volunteering.
This lovely piece of art caught my eye while walking at school today. An original print by Hound Dog Press. Although I felt bad taking it, seeing as how it is advertising a wonderful festival, I could not resist. I was assured by the fact that there were several others, therefore people will still be made aware of the happenings at The Writer's Block Festival.
"The designers and printers of The Writer’s Block Festival posters, Hound Dog
Press, have also provided the festival with a workshop to teach attendees the
art of letterpress. Hound Dog will open their facilities, allowing registered
attendees a chance to use their antique presses to make a keepsake of their very
own. Along with the tutorial, the gracious hosts will also provide a historical
perspective on the art form itself."
I found it quite ironic that in a sea of posters and advertisements in the Bingham Humanities building at the University of Louisville that this, of all things, caught my attention. Just last week I enrolled myself in one of the workshops they mention on this poster, in fact the letterpress workshop with Hound Dog Press. I have been religiously checking Hound Dog's websites for workshop since their last one in February that I could not attend. I could not be more excited to attend this workshop, especially after scoring this poster. I intend to find a nice frame for it and hang it in my room.
Loaded a kiln for the first time today, super excited. Contains work from myself and several other students in my class, including Kendall Herdelin.
Bisque (noun) refers to ware which has been fired once and has no
chemically bonded water left in the clay. Bisque is a true ceramic
material, although the clay body has not yet reached maturity.
To bisque (verb) is to fire the clay for the first time.
Bisque fire (noun) is the first firing and is usually only to between
cones 08 and 06 (1720 and 1835 degrees F or 945 and 1005 degrees C).
However, sometimes a clay matures at a higher temperature than the glaze
that the potter wants to use on the pot. When that is the case the
bisque firing may be higher in temperature, with a lower temperature