Monday, March 02, 2015

wreckage


i'm a bit behind with posting about these as they have been out of the kiln for a week already! i made these vessels before the tester bowls in my last post and was feeling rather precious about them as i had laboured long and hard over a detailed sgraffito design in white slip on each of them.


 there is a lot to like about these pieces, the speckled clays were lovely to work with and the tiny specks are a pleasing touch, i finally managed to get into making some lovely pinched forms which up until now hadn't been my thing, especially this one that's almost like a cave.





 
 the glaze was my favorite one from the tests I had done, a semi-transparent chun, which was milky and patchy and uneven but unfortunately not thick enough to produce any blue runs. i was hoping for a delicate white on pale cream effect with these but the white slip completely burnt off in the firing leaving behind a very flat sgraffito design which didn't 'pop'. all in all the overall effect is dull and disappointing however i will try and refire a few pieces and see if i can't salvage something from the wreckage! you live and learn...

Friday, February 27, 2015

missing shop


in other news it would appear that there is some kind of 'bug' in my shop at the moment, depending on which link you follow it is either empty or just not there. i haven't managed to get any kind of response from Etsy about this yet! Thanks to a persistent follower for bringing this to my attention.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

pattern v. texture


i had a mixed bag out of my glaze firing at the end of last week. Nothing exciting but many things learned yet again. I made about 30 small bowls from a range of clays from the extremely smooth and pliable, to some heavily grogged and others painfully dry just to compare and contrast, play around with surface textures and patterns. i have these things in my mind that i want to make but making them real is a tricky thing having never made anything 3-d in my life! i was pleased with the appearances of all but one of the clays, a toasted stoneware which was a dream to work with but such an ugly colour after firing! it didn't seem to know what colour it wanted to be - brown or manky bilge.


i was also pleased with 2 of the new glazes i tried, one was a semi-transparent chun which worked nicely on this grey stripey bowl with its milky patches - no blue though which was a shame!


i've been enjoying the repetition of making the same small bowl over and over (you know me i like a bit of repetition) and learning the whimsies of the shape as i went and enjoying the rustic forms as they evolved.


i had forgotten that i made these little dishes from some black clay a while ago and popped a couple in to see how they came out - the results were delicious and i feel there is some more work to be done with these perhaps on a larger scale.


but for now it's back to making some more small bowls as i hunt for my dream clay or clays and conjure up some more glazes to slosh about with...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

new work

 voluminous chorus
oil based ink and pencil on salvaged notebook page


 inaccessible exit
oil based ink, pencil and burning on salvaged hardback book cover 
with found hand written notes


 in unison
oil based ink, spray paint, pencil and gouache on salvaged book page


 archive
gouache on linen panel

 
draw
pencil on salvaged book page

a selection of pieces from the past few weeks all of which are available in the Restless Things shop.

Friday, February 13, 2015

work in progress


a new bowl out of the kiln this morning waiting with the others to get glazed and some new surfaces to experiment on with some salvaged paper on wooden panels.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

layers

3rd february: insistent weight
pencil, block printing ink and burning on salvaged hardback book cover with found handwriting

notes: a new piece completed yesterday for a shop update later on this month. my work over the past year or so has become more and more about a selection process and building layers over periods of time. my pile of incomplete pieces is always growing and with each burst of creativity in the studio i select a handful of pieces with initial marks on to see if i might be able to offer a new and pleasing aspect to them. sometimes it works as with yesterday's piece above, with a couple of other pieces put aside, most returned to the 'pile' and one for the bin as it went beyond the point of salvage. subject matter as always is unchanging, the idea of the intangible made definite is constantly alluring and motivates me creatively no end.

glazing (or how to test ones patience)



well, there has been some glazing going around here and whilst I've had some good results I can safely say that glazing is hard! as a control freak i'm not good with surprise results after hours of work on a piece. i need to find my inner potter and learn to let go. it might take a while.