lovely moon last night, draped with a little tasteful cloud. up at 1.30 am and 3.30 am to light the second burner and keep the temperature going up. then at 6 am a very beautiful morning, sunshine at last, and not much wind. here are the cowslips in my garden, there are clumps of them everywhere.

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the beauty of bath apple tree has blossom in bud and beginning to open.

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it was such a lovely day I sat out in the garden, sheltered from the wind – it did get up – by the kiln shed door, and with the heat of the kiln behind me, and the sunshine pouring down, it was almost too hot. the dogs lay about; I got my sketchbook out and thought about new pots with pen, ink and watercolour.

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I want to take things a bit further, and sometimes you can think with the clay, but its also good to push things with a sympathetic medium like pen and wash.

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then the drawing becomes an end in itself, but I hope that some of this will work in the medium of clay.

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and here is the flame; turned off at 1283 C (about the heat of molten rock below the earth’s crust) at 7.30 pm.

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