August 12th, 2018
The sun is currently on holiday.
This summer we were blessed with multiple consecutive weeks of sun and warm temperatures, here in the UK, which – growing up in Italy – was something I was missing a lot.
I tried my best to enjoy and appreciate each sunny day, but beginning this Tuesday, it sure feels like summer is coming to an end.
On Tuesday evening my parents landed in Gatwick, and after picking them up, we drove to our holiday home.
Before they left for the airport, I remember telling them to leave their jackets at home, since we were having such a heatwave. Surely, the moment they arrived here, it started pouring down.
I was hoping that they would get to experience the place with nice weather, but I have to say, the rain was very cosy.
Felix hadn’t seen my parents in a long time, so this visit was the first one after getting engaged.
After my parents left, my mom texted me saying how much they like us as a couple, which made me incredibly happy! My parents don’t really say things like that often, so getting that text was very sweet.
Another reason why I was hoping for good weather was because I was filming a video about the night sky (already up on my channel). I filmed the intro for it before picking my parents up from the airport, earlier in the week, and I told myself I would get a few nights to get some amazing images of planets.
Well… that didn’t really happen but I did managed to see Saturn, which was so cool.
I had never been able to see it before, an even though I didn’t get much footage, I was relieved to see all your wonderful comments on the video!
Other good news: all the pots I’ve made survived my very first firing! (don’t pay attention to the jug up there, it’s not ready yet).
I can only work on my pottery when I’m at the holiday home, as that’s where my office is (with the wheel, tools, sink and kiln) so that slows things down quite a bit.
Before leaving last week, I had the kiln fully loaded, and started the firing process: it takes maaaany hours to be completed, so I had to leave and come back to Brighton before I could open the lid of the kiln to check on the pottery.
When I finally went back, I was hoping that at least half of my pots would be intact, but to my surprise, they were all fine! A few had minor cracks, which I’m going to keep myself, but the rest was all in perfect condition, so I’m looking forward to start glazing them all next week!
On Thursday evening Felix and I accompanied my parents to the airport, and once we got back, I had to prepare for the Maì restock.
The support and feedback I’m getting regarding Maì is really amazing – thank you all! I’m loving the process of sketching product ideas and then making my doodles come to life, and the fact that so many of you are willing to wait weeks to get my creations means so much to me.
Anyway, I spent Friday and Saturday editing and preparing the orders. I still have a bunch of parcels to put together for tomorrow morning, but I wanted to quickly come here and talk to you guys.
Are you guys doing anything fun this weekend?