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the shed is shaping up; now all the roof structure is done and tomorrow Peter and Alan will start covering it with a sandwich of plywood, thinsulate (foil and insulation layers) and roofing felt. then we will need about a thousand reclaimed Norfolk pantiles – old handmade ones. but at least the shed will be watertight by the end of the week. then I think they are going missing to work on another project for a week or so.

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I managed one big pot so far this week. its taking a long time for the clay to lose moisture and I have a few other things to do. I am making an edited version of the anagama blog into a little book, and while I am at it I thought I would make a look book as they call it in the fashion world, of the Spring collection. I have worked out how to use Page Setup and the printer to make book pages which print up in the right order for book fold.

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the pot continues what I was doing on the last batch to be fired, combing loose looping furrows into the porcelain. next I have some “industrial crank” – basically saggar clay – to try out. it fired pale toasty and rough textured when tested in the last firing.

while on the subject of furrows, I got some photos of the big stubble field being ploughed today. swirling snowstorms of gulls in attendance.

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it’s fascinating watching the tractor tipped up in the furrow, smoothly turning the moist earth, which smells so sweet.

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all the flowering plants are seeding now in the lanes. here’s rosebay willow herb; it was bright pink, now it’s a feathery mass of tufted white fuzz.

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hogweed stems make strong patterning against the sky.

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a chemical smell like bleach keeps attracting my attention; it’s the ivy flowers, which are out everywhere. I have a jar of ivy flower honey. it is last year’s and it is crystallising.