First up, books:
Most of y'all have some idea that my day job is book conservation, yet I haven't yet shown a sample. With items that come in the general idea is to repair the item into a structurally stable, and hopefully visually harmonious, whole. Frequently "visually harmonious" means that you select materials that camouflage into the book- new black cloth spine on an old black cloth bound book with a ratty or missing spine...but every once in a while you get to really have fun in quiet way. This lovely item came in possessing pages mostly no longer sewn together, missing end bands (the little folds of cloth or cord at the head and tail at the spine of hard cover books), a spine that was shredded and torn beyond use, and an added spine label that was badly creased, starting to tear, and hanging on by only one corner. The original book had been entirely bound in burgundy cloth on beveled edge boards with a mustard yellow spine label. Since adding a second burgundy would have looked garish (no good cloth color match) and we had a close match for the yellow, after re-sewing the whole book, I decided to use the contrast color for the new replacement spine and to use a burgundy Japanese paper (perfect match!) to reinforce (and accent!) the damaged spine label, to make new, custom, endbands, and to cover the dogeared corners where the original cloth had worn away. On the whole, I think this is one of the niftiest repairs I've done- not the most difficult, but quite fun!
Since I didn't want to make any new work in the down time between sessions, I've been doing other to-do things around the pottery- cleaning the floor, cleaning student shelves, studio surfaces, the glaze booth, processing reclaim, bisqueing...and making cookies.
Not edible cookies! These are reusable kiln washed clay disks with rims for potentially runny student pots to sit on when being fired in the glaze kiln- no shelves to grind, and these are cheaper than new shelves!
Future metals project in planning stage:
Now I just have to figure out a way to take it on and off without bending the snot out of it, and to figure out when I'll be in a metals studio again so I can make it!