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

Last Minute Christmas Gifts From Kiln Fired Art

I don’t  know about you but we are so busy at this time of year that sometimes we leave buying presents to the last minute. I have lots of items in my shop all ready to ship. Orders can be posted first class up to the 20th December for UK delivery.

If you would like it shipped to the recipient I can do that for you too, just add a note and the recipient’s address.

Here’s some gift ideas,  I have a lot more in my shop Kiln Fired Art

Click on the images to go to my shop.

Ceramics for the home

Ceramics and eco print scarves

Leaf ceramics and art for the home

Unique gifts from Kiln Fired Art

Fused glass and ceramic gifts

Kiln Fired Art on Etsy

Time for change.

I have some plans that I’ve hinted at over the past couple of weeks. I’ve decided it’s time to give up selling my work through shops and galleries and slow down a bit.

Time is the most precious thing we have and I never seem to have enough. I have deliberated over this all year wondering what changes I should make. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to slow down my pace of work. I will still run my business, selling online but I need to relax the pace and find more time for other things in my life. I still have fells to climb and places to see before the old knees give out.

Of course it goes without saying I will always be making and  probably selling.

It’s time to try out all those techniques, and new media that I have wanted to try but can never find the time.

I am looking forward to the changes, my first action once Christmas is over will be to make a list of all the things I have wanted to try making but they have just been pushed aside as I never find the time. Firstly there will be more textile art, and I want to explore different methods for ceramic surface decoration. Then there’s the tools and materials that I have bought but not used much like lino cutting tools and a punch needle. I bought a printer to make my own decals, but I have only tried it once. Then there are all the art and craft books with techniques that I need to try out as well as ideas in my head for makes that have never come to anything.

Exciting and relaxed times are ahead I’m sure, I think I will have lots of fresh ideas to share on my blog next year, I’m looking forward to it. That’s how this blog started, it was about sharing my experiments.

I don’t seem to have any photos to add to this post so I will leave you with the contents of a parcel I got in the post today from Bath potters, it contains pattern rollers, a wooden tool and a green rib. China clay and some stains. I plan to make some wall plaques using multiple techniques including drawing with ceramic pastels but first I need to make the pastels.
Clay toolsNow I just have to work out how you fit the rollers onto the handle tool.
Clay tools

Christmas Gifts From Kiln Fired Art.

It’s that time of year when life as an Etsy shop owner gets hectic, I have worked on getting my shop fully stocked this week, I hope to get to 200 listings.

Here’s what you can find over at Kiln Fired Art. I have reduced my prices on many items as I need to make some space in my stock room / spare bedroom for my family coming home.

Raku bowls

Christmas gifts raku ceramic bowls

Succulent planters and ikebana bowls.

Succulent pots and ikebana bowls

Rustic stoneware pouring bowls. 
Stoneware pouring bowls

Raku jewellery.

ceramic pendantsCeramic pendants and brooch pins.
Christmas gifts jewellery
Raku clocks.

Ceramic clocks with raku glazeMoon gazing hares.

Christmas gifts ceramic

Raku art tiles.

Ceramic wall art

Christmas gifts ceramic wall art

There’s still some raku leaves left.

Ceramic leaf wall artEco printed silk scarves.

Eco printed silk scarves

And my ever popular  fish wall art are still in stock, and a lot more besides.
Ceramic fish bathroom wall art

So if you are stuck for a gift idea you might just find something in my shop. I haven’t quite made 200 listings as things keep selling. 🙂

I will tell you about my plans for next year next weekend.

 

My Last Raku Firing Of The year.

The weather forecast was good so we decided it was time to fire the rest of my raku pieces. The morning was bright and crisp with a thick white frost crunching underfoot. The sheep in the adjacent field seemed reluctant to rise but eventually as the sun came over the fells they rose leaving bare patches where they had been lying. With a start like this I just knew it was going to be a good day.

We wrapped up warmly and once the sun came round to the garden  it was the perfect day to raku.

There were leaves, lots of copper colour this time. I do wonder why you seem to get a lot of one colour effect in a firing but there are so many variables.
Ceramic leaves, raku leaves, wall art
There were lots of fish.
Raku fish wall art

Hanging ceramic fish
This spotty one is rather textured, I thought of firing it again but I like it as it is.
Raku ceramic fish

Trinket dishes too.

Raku ceramics
Phases of the moon with moon gazing hares, these got snapped up when I made the last lot. I have some more but I’m waiting for some cord to arrive. Shout up if you want one as they aren’t on Etsy yet.
Moon gazing haretI hope to have everything else listed in my shop by the time this blog post goes live.

Then I will get my notebook out and start planning for 2020. Changes are afoot for next year, but more later…….

P.S. I will have more work to add to my shop next week so come and have a look next Sunday and I’ll tell you about some of my plans for next year.

The Be-Ro book revisited.

Last week I had cause to do some baking, I decided to make my Dad his favourite, “Maids of Honour “ from my Mam’s old Be-Ro book.

I learned to cook as a child with my Mam and Gran from this book, it was THE cookbook.

I have 2 old copies of the book, both were my Mams, one is really quite old and in sepia, it’s lost the cover, after a bit of online research and what I remember the cover to look like I think it dates back to 1930. The other one is in colour, it’s the 34th edition from 1974. I decided to buy the 41st edition to add to my collection.
BeRo books through the agesI  did more research online, I didn’t realise that Be-Ro was a North East company, but that would explain why every household I knew as a child had a Be-Ro book. All my family baked from this little book for the weekend, the cake tin was rarely empty. The recipes are straightforward and economical too. I enjoyed reading about the history of Be-Ro flour and why the cookbook came about, you can read about it here.

It’s interesting to see how recipes have changed over the editions, to suit today’s palate and pocket. For example the Dundee cake is smaller now, it has less almonds.
Dundee cakeThe lemon meringue pie has more lemons in it and they are now individual pies.
Lemon meringue pieMargarine has been swapped for butter in the Victoria sandwich cake.

Victoria sponge

In most recipes salt has been reduced.

Some recipes like my Dad’s favourite Maids of Honour have gone but there are some new recipes like Smoked Trout Tartlets which sounds rather grand for the Be-Ro book.

Today I’m baking for friends coming, I’ve made a start with a Victoria sandwich cake (to fill later) and coconut tartlets. OH can’t resist these.
Baking from the BeEo book
The new book has some very useful conversion charts (useful when using the old books) And helpful tips for when things go wrong, as ever this really is a little jem of a cookbook  and unlike a lot of cookbooks the recipes are easy to follow and ingredients don’t cost the earth. At under £5 a copy I think every home should still have one. Now I think I will go and make some Melting Moments, I bet you can’t eat just one 🙂

Working with the seasons- dried leaves for Raku.

I had a raku firing last weekend, if you follow me on Facebook you will know already.          I had a bin bag full of dry fallen leaves so I used those in the combustion bin. They crackled and sparked like a bonfire, and I am sure someone of the swirly iridescent colour was a result of using dried leaves but I can’t be sure.
Raku ceramicsThis leaf has some lovely swirly colours, which doesn’t usually happen this pronounced.
Raku ceramicsThis trinket dish has the swirly effect too, don’t you just love those colours?

Raku Dish by Jill of Kiln Fired Art
I did some with sawdust to compare, but I think I will have to experiment a lot more to find out if dried leaves makes a difference to the colours.
Raku ceramicsThere were lots of fish.
Raku fishThese are my favourite fish.
Raku ceramics

Raku ceramicsSome jewellery components.
Raku ceramics

There were some art tiles to hang on the wall.
Raku art tilesAlso hares and moons, which sold out but I am busy making more this weekend.
Raku ceramics

Raku ceramics

Raku ceramics

Which is your favourite?

More Silk Scarf Bundles

Just a quick post today as I have a lot going on as we are raku firing but I do  have some eco printed silk to show you.

These are different from the others a couple of weeks ago as they are folded in half lengthways before being rolled up without a barrier. This means not only are the prints mirror images, but the leaves also give ghost prints. The silk is thin so the dye from the leaf can go through several layers of fabric in the roll. I like doing these as the results are a bit abstract and hard to predict.

This is a pretty, delicate pattern with some well defined veining, the scarf was steamed. The prints are delicate, they remind me of leaf skeletons, and frosted leaves.
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The next 2 scarves were bundled without a barrier and boiled, the last time I did this ( using the same foliage) I got dark purple and green prints but this time they are Autumnal shades, maybe I over did the onion skins.

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I’m old enough to remember those “magic eye” pictures, these prints remind me of those.

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Well I better get out there and do some raku firing before the rain returns, enjoy your Sunday.