I love ceramics. I'd love to do more work with clay. It's just that my skin doesn't agree, and my naturally cold hands get even colder when working the clay, little twinges in the knuckles reminding me how osteo-arthritis runs in my family. So I think I will stick with the limited amount of clay work I do to create moulds for my glass, and leave the real stuff to other people.
I was fascinated to read this post by potter Jude Allman about the process of making lids for her storage jars. They are all so neat! I loved the little jars she was making and decided to ask her to make one for me, but without the spoon hole. I will use the jar to store sugar and I want to keep the moist kitchen air out as much as possible; too often I have ended up with a solid bowl shaped sugar lump.
My jar arrived this week and I'm thrilled with it, the neat shape, the subtle glaze, just lovely. Thank you Jude!
You can find Jude's work on Folksy and on Etsy and get a fascinating insight into her processes on her blog.