Monday, March 30, 2015

ceramic odyssey


As you may have guessed of late I have been on something of a ceramic odyssey, it's been refreshing to have my mind challenged by a new medium and it is something I will be exploring over the coming months and hopefully years. I hope it won't put those of you off who have been visiting this space over the years and enjoy my drawings, i haven't stopped drawing altogether but it is long over due for a bit of a rest from that side of things.

As of this morning I have a few ceramic creations available in the shop, a range of mugs with a sgraffito design in cream, biscuit and charcoal grey, do take a look if you have a mo'. There are only 5 to be had and may be the only ones in these/colours designs that I make so be sure to snap one up if they take your fancy!

Friday, March 06, 2015

spring clean/new space


this week has been about making some changes and having a good old clear out. it's been hard over the past few months having pots teetering everywhere and finding the time and space to work in our very small kitchen to actually get anything done. so, after a lot of sorting i've made a small potting studio space back downstairs in what used to be my old studio when we first moved here. it's a very cold north facing room and although i never liked this room much before it is a joy this time around to have a space where i can just leave stuff and come back to it later.


i picked up a used kitchen unit and some cheap shelving and found this wonderful textile piece (for 20p!) to brighten up the empty wall and bob's your uncle.


just the right amount of space for me to get to work...

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...