Work begins

Work has started on my studio, I’ve waited a long time for this, the concrete base is in, complete with power cable and water pipe. More pictures to follow.

I’m still working on a building site as we are having work done inside as well, I keep reminding myself it has to get worse before it gets better. Today I’ve been making ‘Wonky Pots’ for the gallery, and some larger bowls with Ella’s doily. Picctures soon.

I’m giving myself a well deserved weekend off away from the cromputer nd my work. I intend having a lie in and a leisurely morning in my dressing gown chilling, it’s a bit tiring being up and dressed by 8am every morning, I much prefer doing my  mornig emails leisurely, in my jim jams with a cup of coffee.

Enjoy your Easter break, whatever you are doing

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52 inspirational photos – week 16

Cheerfulness, that’s what my mother called these narcissus, she wasn’t wrong!

52 inspirational photos -week 16

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New hand painted vases from Kiln Fired Art

I’m away at a craft fair today so I thought I’d show you some new handpainted vases that I’m taking along.
handpainted porcelain vases

Ram painting on a vase

New handpainted vasesIt’s a rural area, a farming community so lets hope they sell, fingers crossed for good weather!

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A mish mash of a post

The strange few days continue, the bathroom is coming along, tiles grouted and suite going in today so I’m without water. It’s surprising how many things you decide you would like to do that involve water. I got a load of vegetables out to make a chilli but I couldn’t wash them. I was out when it went off or I would have filled some pans.  My kiln was turned on this morning but seeing they had to pull the washing machine out to turn the water off I’ve had to turn the kiln off, I didn’t want to risk melting the washer door, or burning the plumber.

I have managed to paint some hares on a bowl today, it occurred to me I’ve shown the finished boxing hares painting but not the process so the one on the left shows the first fire, the one on the right has more overglaze enamel on it, and now it will be painted with a wash of lustre.


work in progress from Kiln Fired Art

I do have my stock all priced up for the weekends craft fair, so I’m ahead there. Just as well as I’m feeling a bit tired, didn’t sleep well for a few aches and pains. I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in my life, and I go again tomorrow. I really need a lie in to recover but no chance. It was ok though but some of the machines might take a bit of getting used to.

Wonky Pots, new from Kiln Fired Art

I fired the flax clay pieces earlier this week so here they are, hopefully the other pieces will be bisque fired tomorrow, builders permitting.

tea light

Wonky Pots range, new from Kiln Fired Art

The builders have just left, here’s how the shower room looks now the sanitary ware has gone in, it’s looking great.


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52 inspirational photos – week 15

I love wrens


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It’s been a strange week / building work

This week has been rather strange, firstly we have building work going on, more about that in a moment.

I’ve been flummoxed by modern technology, i.e. i-pod, wireless speakers, music on laptop and the connecting up of all three, but got there eventually. I’ve also done a mad thing and signed up to go to the gym, I’ve never been to a gym in my life, but I can’t have OH, my brother and his OH getting fitter than me. I think gym mania is sweeping the over 50′s, well, they are all over 60, I’m the baby! Fortunately I got out of going this week as I couldn’t get out to buy some trainers . I’ve also had computer problems, with adverts popping up all over the place, I thought Etsy had really lost the plot then I realised it was nothing to do with them. Thankfully Malwarebytes has got me back to normal again.

We decided to have our bedroom done, it’s time to get rid of some orange pine, and I’d like more hanging space, you would think getting a bedroom company to do that would be simple but not so, no matter how we tried we couldn’t get more wardrobe space without making the room look pokey.

You know how one job leads to another, we thought it made sense to update the connected bathroom first, it needed doing anyway. Also, with all the driving rain we have had lately several of the Velux windows were pouring in, so they need replacing too, that’s most of the rooms upstairs  and some downstairs having work done so lots of decoratingto do later. Then there’s my studio, more about that later.

So we have moved out of our bedroom, and there’s stuff all over the house. This is possibly my busiest time of the year work wise with 3 of my main events coming up. Trying to work feels like fiddling while Rome burns, but I’ve done it before so I know I can do it, and it will be worth it in the end.

Here’s some images of where we are with the work right now

 P1140368The cupboards are coming out and will be recycled to fit out the  garden studio.

P1140369One Velux window in, seven more to go!

P1140371I’m really pleased with the grey tiles, I was concerned they might be too dark but with the large window and white ceiling I think they will look great. Colin is doing a great job fitting, as you can see everything is lined up perfectly.

P1140374Workroom has become a storeroom, I know my craft fair stock is in there somewhere!

P1140377This is where my studio will be, I think they are putting in the electric cables next week. I have a plan to draw out, more later!



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New from Kiln Fired Art – Wonky Pots

I almost forgot to write my blog post this morning, I’ve been too busy having fun with clay,  and I’ve got the builders in doing some alterations. I’m not sure if I’m coming or going at times, I can’t find anything and there are boxes of stuff all over the house now, but it will be worth it in the end, more about that later.

So what have I been playing with while the builders are in? It’s been a bit dusty so I’ve put my brushes away and I’ve been hand building ceramic vessels which I’ve christened Wonky Pots, I’m not sure if I will keep that name or change it, but I do like the character that you only get with a hand built pot.

Wonky pots collageYou might not be able to tell what’s what from the photo, one of the small white bowls is agateware and the other has random dots and some of Ella’s doily imprinted. The little vases are for my craft fair next weekend, the little black bowl has Ella’s doily as do the pendants. The larger pieces at the back are for my kitchen, the rectangular piece, should it survive firing is a utensil pot, and there is a matching jug and vase to adorn my window sill. I think I could be a bit optimistic as I’m not sure what will happen in firing, the jug handle is a bit suspect. I’ll let you know how they fire, keep your fingers crossed for me.

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