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About eganj1

Lover of slow living, nature, making ceramics, arts, crafts, and all things creative

Ceramic holders for air plants

It seems a long time ago since I bisque fired the stoneware ceramic air plant pebbles and air plant wall pockets, but life sometimes gets in the way. This week I got some stain and glazes on them and finally got them finished and in my shop.

The air plant pebbles were lovely to make, I love the feel of the clay in my hands. I have given them a granite look glaze, and as they are stoneware clay they could have moss or a tiny plant inside instead of air plants.

I have only just gotten into air plants, why didn’t I buy some sooner? They are my kind of houseplant as they don’t mind a bit of neglect. I just spray them with water when I remember which is about once a week.

I must hang some air plant wall pockets in my new kitchen when it’s finished, but they will look great in any room of the house, they are living wall sculpture.

The hanging air plant holders were also hand built and textured with tree bark, inspired by a tree just up the road when I was out on a walk. Where branches had been cut off the bark had grown forming a little niche where a fern had seeded itself, nature is always an inspiration.

I have double pockets for two plants.

A couple of different designs of single plant pockets.

Each wall pocket will be unique, I think a group on the wall will make a great impact, or just one or two on a small wall would look equally as good. Now we can all have our own hanging garden.

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Hello, I haven’t posted much recently as I have had some unexpected things to deal with so I am just taking things as they come but still keeping busy and keeping my Etsy shop ticking over.

I have been out walking most days, it’s still quite chilly though. I have been looking for inspiration for a wildflower verge that I’m trying to establish. We have seeded it twice with wildflower grass mix but it was so dry nothing germinated. I have bought more seeds to try and grow on as plug plants but they aren’t showing signs of germination yet. The 3 different varieties of tagetees, calendula and 2 types of eucalyptus have germinated on the window sill but they are looking quite leggy and need to get potted on soon. These will be used for ecoprinting

I bought a seed sprouting tray to grow micro greens, our outdoor crops last year were a washout so I thought growing these indoors would be something that might work. The holes in the tray are too big for broccoli and cabbage seeds so I lined the try with some muslin.

Here’s some photos from my walk, I have primroses in my garden but no cowslips so they are on my list of what to grow next.

I love the primrose bank

I have a new resident in the garden who we have named Polly, a red legged partridge who comes to drink several times a day, we feed her now too, I think she lives behind the studio.

I have been sock knitting in the evenings, it’s so relaxing, almost meditative. As there’s only so many pairs of socks I need I decided to offer them up on a Facebook page which I called Socks4Charity . My intention is to use the money to buy a ball of yarn to knit the next pair of socks, pay UK P&P then donate what’s left to charity, so it’s win win all round, I keep knitting socks, someone get a pair of handknit socks and a charity benefits as well. Please have a look at Socks4Charity it could use some likes and shares.

https://www.facebook.com/Socks4Charity

The spring flowers are blooming in my garden so it’s a busy time, making ceramic pieces to stock my shop. The hard part is estimating how many of each plant tile to make, if I run out I can’t make any more for a year. The wild garlic and bluebells are out now so that’s what I have been working with this week.

Here’s some of the tiles from last month which are listed on Etsy.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KilnFiredArt?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=25110253

This weekend I hope to do some ecoprinting and something new to me, cyanotypes, it’s all go working with the seasons.

Enjoy your weekend.

A Day In The Life Of A garden Pond

I decided to move the trail cam so it would pick up the bird activity around my garden pond. In 24 hours there was more than 400 videos to wade through, mostly a pair of blackbirds who are taking enough mud from my marginal plants to build a huge nest. They also enjoy a lot of bathing too, so lots of editing to do. You will see our latest garden resident, a red legged partridge we have named Polly. No sign of our weasel so maybe I can stop worrying as to whether a weasel can take a partridge.

There’s an interesting evening visitor too.

I hope you enjoyed this video, I will move the camera elsewhere and see if I can capture our friend the weasel.

Vanilla Socks But Different Flavours.

If you are not familiar with the phrase ‘vanilla socks’ you could be forgiven in thinking I have flipped. I came across this term on a sock knitting forum, basically vanilla knitting is plain knitting. Now it makes sense, right?

I have been enjoying vanilla knitting recently, I used to think of stocking stitch as mindless knitting but now I think of it as meditative knitting, the rhythm you get into is very calming and often I feel I could fall asleep whilst knitting.

If you are following my blog you will know I have recently gotten into sock knitting, I am completely hooked. I love knitting with King Cole Zig Zag sock yarn, most of the socks here are knitted with Zig Zag yarn.

What has me hooked is each ball of yarn knits up differently, they are all different ‘flavours’ I love starting a new ball of yarn not knowing how the self pattern will come out. Since the start of the pandemic little things like this have given me great pleasure. 🙂

These are my most recently finished socks

This is what’s on my needles now, look how differently the pattern is working out.

Can a person have too many socks? I hope not. 😊

I got quite a lot of stock made for my shop last week but I haven’t managed to photograph it all yet. I will show you in my next post.

Walking In The Lake District – Blake Fell

Blake Fell is a lesser known fell, you can walk there only meeting one or two people if you are lucky. I have been up there never seeing a soul but that’s rare these days. This is one of my favourite walks. There are some quite steep parts but then things level out for a while so the climb is staggered. The views are pretty special, I hope you agree.

Enjoy.

Happy Easter

Hello,

I hope you are enjoying the lighter nights, I seem to get so much more done when the days are longer.

Everything in the garden is growing so fast, so not only do I want to be out there working in the garden and enjoying the spring flowers but I also need to get my clay out and set to work making plant tiles. The thing with working with the seasons is you only get one chance at making something so I need to act before the flowers go over.

Here’s some of the plants that are flowering in my garden just now. I love my woodland border.

I have used all of these flowers in my ceramic tiles, some are in the kiln already and some are still drying. I was lucky to get some blackthorn in flower as the wind blows the petals off almost as soon as the blossom opens.

Enjoy your Easter whatever you are doing.

Spring is in the air, getting back into work!

We had some lovely weather for a while then it changed, however everything in the garden is starting to grow and the spring flowers are blooming so it’s time to get back to work. I feel in the mood for making, what a difference a bit of sunshine makes. I even finished my second lockdown waffle blanket, you can find the pattern here. I made the first one a year ago when the first lockdown started.

I managed to take my work into the garden, I sat in the sunshine and put some colour on the snowdrop ceramics.

Now they have been fired for a second time, see how the colour changes. I love rustic ceramics.

As well as hanging hearts with snowdrops there are ring or trinket dishes.

These are glazed on the back.

And decorative ceramic tiles to hang on the wall.

They are now ready to add to my shop, I hope I’ve made enough this year to last until next spring. That’s one of the issues with working with the seasons.

The pulmonaria and brunnera are flowering now.

These are drying, then the firing and decorating process will start all over again. 🙂