52 inspirational photos -week 38

Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire 1Little Moreton Hall, my favourite NT property.

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Busy, busy!

It’s nearly two weeks since I started working in the studio, it’s been hectic as it’s quite untidy in there, I’m waiting for OH to fit shelving but he has been painting the outside of the house while the weather has been good so I’m being patient.

I made a some speckled coasters of which I don’t seem to have any photos but I do have photo’s of these recycled glass Christmas decorations, they just need a pretty ribbon and they are finished. I have a lot more in the process of being finished.
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I had the use of my little Paragon SC3 first so I made some dichroic pendants, these are waiting for bails.

P1160755So are these fused glass pendants, there are a lot more waiting to be ground and refired.

P1160756I had a bit of a play with my new cutters, making ceramic Christmas decorations, these are destined to be brooches and cards once glazed.

P1160759And I made some more cow parsley pebble coasters, drying these so they stay flat and don’t crack around the edges has been a bit of an issue.
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I wonder if it’s a problem with bone china clay, as these stoneware pebbles haven’t cracked at all. I do think some small cracks will add to the ‘fossil ‘ look  that I’m after . Lets hope they fire ok.

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These stoneware pebbles will have glazes that look like stone.

More Christmas decs, I think the crinkly one will be destined for my own Christmas tree.

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I had a day last week that was a challenge to say the least, some coasters not going to plan, so I had a change of plan. I am fascinated with interfaces, where land meets sky, or sea meets sky, especially when the demarcation between the two is rather vague. I’m happy the way these landscape coasters turned out in the end, I think they look brighter here than they are in reality, think more Northern weather.P1160763

The only problem when painting is knowing when to stop, I love the abstract qualities of these landscapes so I’m trying to resist doing anything more.

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These are a new line too, running hare coasters, I can’t decide if I like the silvery hare or the copper hare best, I might have to do both.

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Cow parsley on iridised glass, I can’t decide coasters or little pictures for these.P1160749

I have glass wildlife pieces in the kiln now, and lustreware drying, to be fired tomorrow so all in all it’s been a productive 13 days. Now my china has arrived I have some custom orders to paint before finishing this lot off for the Christmas market but today I get a day off to do a bit of gardening!

 

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What to make with leftover olives?

I had some olives and cherry tomatoes left over from a photo shoot and as I had little time for cooking I decided a quick pasta sauce was the order of the day.
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This sauce can be made from store cupboard staples but the addition of some fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes just freshens it a bit.

Heat a glug of olive oil and add a couple of chopped garlic cloves, heat gently to soften then throw in a tin of chopped tomatoes, some dried herbs, I chose thyme. Add some chopped pitted black olives, and a chopped chilli.

Add seasoning and some water if necessary and let it simmer for a few minutes while you cook your pasta. Then blitz with a hand blender, adjust the seasoning to taste, I added some lemon juice, a teaspoon of sugar and more black pepper. Then add some chopped cherry tomatoes and parsley or basil and warm through before stirring into the drained pasta.

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I had some sauce left over for the next day, it was very good over salmon with new potatoes and green beans.

 

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52 inspriational photos – week 37

St mary's lighthouse,

Photo by T Myers

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Making a Studio sign with the Sihouette Cameo

the studio signI started working in the studio this week,  one of the first things I wanted to do was make was a sign for the studio, and one to go in the window by the front door so callers would know where I was.

 

 

There were a couple of scraps of wood left from the building work that would do nicely.
I thought I’d try Dulux Made by Me paint to see how it compared to the Annie Sloan paint. It takes 2 coats to cover but it’s smoother and doesn’t have to be waxed. I think I will use it on my chairs.

Once the wood had 2 coats of paint it was ready for stencilling. I used my Cameo to cut the stencils.
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I used some artists acrylic paint and sponged it on and left it to dry.
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And here they are, I sanded the edges and aged them a bit, and I added some screw eyes and string for hanging.
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Here they are in situ
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A feel of Autumn in the air.

P1160298This morning had that feeling that tells you Autumn is on it’s way. It was a misty start to the day but now it’s got a bit brighter and the sun is trying it’s best, but it’s a watery light. A typical Autumn day that I love.

P1160310 I love the Autumn sunshine through the trees in my garden. And the long shadows at this time of year.

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My apples are ready for picking so it’s time to go foraging for blackberries , sloes and bullaces in the hedgerow rows, if I ever get a minute .

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The swallows are still here, I look for them evey morning but it won’t be long now before the head off to warmer pastures, that always leaves me feeling a little down as the dark days will be coming. This year I plan on spending the winter in the studio doing what I like best, being creative in some way. Today was my first day working in there and the kiln is having it’s first firing.

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52 inspirational photos – week 36

Derwentwater, Keswick, Cumbria 1

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