Hello and welcome to my blog, my name is Jill, I live in the UK and I love blogging!
My blog is mainly about art and craft, porcelain painting, glass fusing, ceramics, with a bit about my travels and what inspires me. Oh, and a few recipes thrown in for good measure. My blog is where I just do my own thing.
I decided to join in the ‘Grow Your Blog’ challenge, which is being run by Vicki of 2 Bags Full in the hope of getting to know more blog and craft addicts like myself.
I suppose a good place to start would be to tell you a little bit about me. I’m addicted to art and craft, I grew up in a creative environment, my mother was a dressmaker, making wedding and ballroom dancing dresses so I was surrounded with beautiful fabrics and lots of sparklies, that’s probably where I get my magpie tendencies from. I’ve made things as far back as I can remember.
I have to constantly learn new skills, so you name a craft and I’ve probably tried it. I always loved to paint and a chance meeting with a friend lead me down the porcelain painting path, which I really must love as I’ve been painting on china for about 25 years.
Once I got a kiln for porcelain painting I had to find out what else I could do with it, so I started glass fusing, then copper enamelling, metal clay and silver smithing followed. Now I paint porcelain, fuse glass and make ceramic, metal and glass jewellery and call myself a kiln fired artist. At present I’m playing with clays and glazes making ceramic beads, but that can change weekly, even daily.
I’m inspired by nature, I love textures, and pattern, I think the latter comes from my textiles background, and the former from wandering in the countryside as a child, watching water voles and other wildlife near my home. I still love wandering about in the countryside looking for inspiration.
I’m not sure if I’m obsessed, or just passionate about what I do, but it is a huge part of my daily life, I have a mantra, ” I make therefore I am”
So why do I blog?
I love sharing my thoughts and inspirations but there is more to it than that, if you have read the book ‘The Artists Way’ blogging is like my ‘morning pages’, by the process of writing about something it becomes ordered in my mind, does that make sense?
So grab a coffee and feel free to have a rummage around my blog, I suppose it’s like big chest in the attic, who knows what you will find, glass fusing tutorials, porcelain painting tutorials, and a few recipes, like my healthy chicken dhansak, and my Gran’s prize winning ginger cake, and even a few old drawings.
Here’s some pictures of what I do and some places near my home that inspire me.
I do hope you come back often, (you can sign up on the right of the screen), and if you leave a comment below with a link to your blog I will stop by and have a read and hopefully say hello. I mostly follow using Bloglovin so I can read posts over breakfast each morning, but I’ll try and leave a comment so you know I’m there.