A few drawings lurking in the wardrobe

Yesterday I found my old portfolio in the back of the wardrobe. I did these drawings a few years back when I was studying the OCA drawing course. I never completed the course so maybe I should do the next assignment, but I will have to find some animals to draw.

I will show you some more ‘artworks’ lurking in the wardrobe later in the week.





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Five on Friday – 5 green bottles!


I have been busy painting the spare room so not much to show you today except some of my squashed bottles, 5 green bottles hanging on a wall….

These ones are going to France, the Beaujolais Nouveau melted bottle is very pretty.

An amazing Tanqueray gin bottle dish

An etched champagne bottle keepsake, with the names of bride and groom & date. flat champagne bottle

So that’s a quickie post from me today, hopefully there will be more next week when I get the decorating finished.

If you would like to see everyone participating in 5 on Friday click on the link on the right.

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Kiln Fired Art is having a SALE!

I need to make some room in the house so I’m having a sale.

30% off in my Etsy shop with code 30OFF, this excludes custom items.

sale 30% off

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WOYWW – clay stamps and more of my ceramics learning curve.

Hi all, it’s Wednesday again so it’s WOYWW with Stamping Ground. I do enjoy my Wednesday blog hop.

I fired the clay stamps I made last week and I’m quickly testing them out so I can show you. I thought my little hand carved hogweed one wouldn’t be much of a success but I actually like that one the best, the stylized flower worked well too, I have a plan for this one. I wish I’d left a bigger base on them so there’s more to play with when cutting out the clay, but I think on a curved surface it won’t be such a problem. I shall have to make some more of these.

This is how my table looks today, I’m glazing beads. The big jug was made when I was living in Yorkshire, so it has become known as the ‘Yorkshire Jug’, it does have a rose emblem on it. It didn’t glaze very well so I’m adding some more glazes ( mixed layers of different colours) and refiring, there’s nothing much to lose. I love experimenting, you learn so much.

P1290357I have been listening to Chad Dickerson on Youtube while glazing my beads, that’s why my tablet is there.

The 2 pillow vases at the back are the ones where the glaze fell off when I tried to fire them, I’ve scraped off the flaking glaze and fired what was left on them, they need to be done again, I think I might just coat with a brush on glaze and forget about dipping for now.

The little lace pot and vases look great with their glazed inside and bisque outside however I got some glaze on one so I’m having to glaze the outside, not worry I love cobalt blue.

I got some stain on the ring dishes, now they need a clear glaze.

I fired one of the little birds with stains on to colour it, but it warped as it wasn’t lying flat on the shelf, but I do have a plan for the other birds. More next week!

I love my ‘play time’ , In fact I cherish my time learning new stuff, but I’ve had less time to play. Maybe there will be more of a balance this year.

And finally I eventually got the succulent planter glazed, scroll down to the last post if you want to read more about that.

Enjoy your day.


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Succulent planter finally finished

Remember the planter I made using a doily impressed in the clay? You can find it here.

I have finally gotten round to glaze firing it. I like it but it’s not quite the colour I had in my head, it will look great with the grey green succulent though, I need some gravel to plant it up and then I’ll show you how it looks.
succulent planter
Ceramics are such a learning curve, I’m enjoying my journey, even with some unexpected surprises along the way. The bottom of this piece is fully glazed, so I stood it on some metal stilts, however they bent during the firing and I’ve a big mark on the bottom of my pot. I don’t know how to fire a fully glazed piece this size, maybe someone out there can tell me.

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Five on Friday- My Week

It’s been a busy week, I don’t know where the time goes but I don’t seem to have finished anything.

I’ve washed my brushes out ready to start painting a tile mural commission. Porcelain artists take a lot of care with their brushes as any dust in them can leave marks in a painting when it’s fired. I keep my brushes covered with a shower cap when not in use, or “Bonnet de douche”, as Del Boy would say!

I’ve bought a spiralizer; I did some potatoes to make waffles, then I remembered I got rid of the sandwich maker which had the waffle plates, so we had curly fries and poached eggs instead. Healthier egg and chips, with brown sauce, of course!

Are you a brown, or red sauce person?
I made some ceramic beads this week, they are in the kiln now and will be glaze fired next week, hopefully.

While I was working my garden visitors were keeping an eye on me.P1290118

The bird feeder is just outside the studio window so I will be watching and counting my visitors at the weekend and taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. Is anyone else joining in?P1290119If you would like to read some Five on Friday posts from other bloggers then head over to Love Made my Home , and join the fun.

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WOYWW – making clay stamps

It’s Wednesday again so that means blog hopping with WOYWW at Stamping Ground, why not join in the fun. It seems to have come around quickly.

I’m still working in the house, these were on my table last night and are still there drying out this morning. It’s so dark I hope the pictures show up. I’m making clay stamps for ceramic work.

I cut some shapes using the Cameo to make innies and outies, I’m not sure if they will work as I think they maybe should have been done on thicker card, but there’s only one way to find out.
Some are done with buttons and stamps, and some are carved by hand. The little creatures at the back are going to be used to make bead moulds, so long as they survive the firing process.

Have a great day whatever you are doing.

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Five on Friday – Sea Fever

I miss living close to the sea and sometimes I get a yearning to for sights and sounds, and to smell the sea air. So I headed off to the coast earlier in the week, we had the shore to ourselves.

Sea Fever‘ by John Masefield was playing in my head.

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.


There is a wonderful calmness about these photos, I love the abstract qualities of photos like these.


 I also collected some driftwood to use in my art, and my prize find was the lovely sea worn brick which will become a stand for my work.

This is my first Five on Friday post, run by Love Made My Home, you can read more by clicking on the link on the right.

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WOYWW – some little birds

It’s Wednesday again so it’s WOYWW with Julia from Stamping Ground. I think my blogging would have ground to a halt  recently if I didn’t have the discipline of doing WOYWW.

I’m working in the house again today,  yes I know, I should be in the studio but it’s too cold and by the time it’s heated up I could have my work done.

Today I’m cleaning some clay pieces, tiles, lacy tea lights, which are affectionately known in this house as ‘wonky pots’, because they show that they are handmade by their form. Also I’m making some new pieces for the gallery this spring, these little birds on a stick, to put in planters and vases. I’ve loads more ideas in my head, you know how it is one thing leads to another.
P1290057Enjoy your day whatever you are doing, I think I might roll some beads while I’m at it.


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WOYWW – taking product photos

Hi all, I still don’t feel like heading out to the studio so I’m catching up on things I can do indoors. I am working on my photos just now. It’s still a challenge due to the dark overcast days.

So my worktable today is my dining table where I’m taking my photos. Today it’s covered in buttons, as you can see there’s a lot to photograph, all the ones on cards are new listings, well they will be when I get them listed :)

ceramic buttonsI am trying to make my photos stand out more by using props, but without the props taking over. I’ve tried a few different things, I use wood and leaves quite often but for my buttons I thought bobbins, lace and a tape measure would be good. When I uploaded my pictures I noticed I had ‘Made in Taiwan’ running along the tape measure. Not good, but even the professional photographers get it wrong, my wedding photos have ‘No dogs allowed’ in the window just above my head, this was the days before digital. At least I can airbrush and crop my photos.


Here’s a view of my shop page with some of my old listings, and the new ones. I think the new photos are much better, and the proof is in the pudding (as they say), because within a couple of hours of changing the pictures I sold some buttons. I’ve just got, well I don’t know how many photos to edit and list so it might take me a while, maybe the weather will have improved by the time I’m finished.
buttons pix
I’m heading over to Stamping Ground now to see what everyone is up to today.

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