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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.

 

Art Elements Theme Challenge – Foliage

I was delighted when I saw the September theme challenge from Art Elements was foliage as I was already working away with some leafy makes. So this was the perfect opportunity to push my makes a little further.
First let me apologise for forgetting to take WIP photos, I was so in the zone and feeling I had to get things done that I forgot.
I have been working with the seasons for much of this year, just now I seem to be working frantically before the leaves have gone.

I made some more of my hosta leaf succulent  pots / ikebana bowls.
Ceramic leaves home decorThen I decided to go a step further and make incense stick holders, my daughter likes burning incense.
Leaf ceramics for a Zen homeI thought some tea lights holders would  be a great complement to the incense holders.

Leaf ceramics for a Zen homeThen I got thinking about spas and relaxing Zen bathroom style so a soap dish happened next.

Ceramic leaves home decorThen a larger leaf to use as a candle stand.

Leaf ceramics for a Zen homeI can just imagine if I ever had the time to lie in a bubble bath with candles, tea lights and incense burning but it’s probably never going to happen.

More tea lights, incense holders and trinket trays happened. I’m glad I got them done because I noticed yesterday that the hosta leaves were going over very quickly.

Ceramic leaves home decorThen I turned to eco printing, if you read my last blog post you will know I have been gathering leaves, like a nesting dormouse.

I decided to stitch some scarves myself from beautiful fine merino wool gauze, the fabric is expensive so I was hoping not to spoil it. It took ages to find a technique that gave me an edging I was happy with, there was a lot of fraying, and not just the edges, I said never again!

The first one had a double neatening on the long edges but the fabric kept sliding, the stitching is like a dog’s back leg so this one is a keeper. I will look forward to wearing it.
UntitledThe fringed one worked well but it was very time consuming to make. I do love how the printing turned out though, I know I said never again but that was before I saw how it turned out.
Ceramic leaves home decorMy next blog post will be about my ecoprinted silk scarves.
Now I am heading over to see what everyone whose taking part in the blog hop have made, my favourite part of the challenge.

AE Team
 
Lesley  
Marsha  
Claire  
Jenny  
Niky  
 
Guests
 
Dawn  
Hope  
Alison  
Laurie  
Kathy  
Sarajo  
Tammy  
Divya  
Karen  
Alysen  
Mary  
Cat  

 

New Eco Printed Silk Scarves

I have been working busily to get my shop stocked with ecoprinted silk scarves before the leaves have gone.

I have some listed in my Etsy shop now, there are more to follow. My plan is to stock up  early for Christmas so I can spend more time with family in November and December.

These are the scarves that I have managed to list so far. There are a few more already printed and I plan to print another batch this coming week. I want to play more with blankets, to see what happens, watch this space.

Eco printed silk scarvesI got some lovely rose leaf and geranium prints, also some pretty light greens on this scarf.

Eco printed silk scarvesSuch a contrast with these strong bronze green and dark purple brown prints, you wouldn’t think these were processed together.

Eco printed silk scarvesA pretty scarf with delicate prints from geranium and onion skins.

Eco printed silk scarvesThe veins are prominent in these leaf prints.

Eco printed silk scarves

Mostly olive greens on this purple scarf.Eco printed silk scarvesThe cotinus leaf usually prints very dark but this time it’s almost a shadow leaf.

Eco printed silk scarvesI have saved my favourite until last, this one was printed with an iron blanket, the prints are well defined and the scarf has rusty speckles which I love.

Eco printed silk scarvesEven the fern fronds printed green, thay have always come out very pale in the past.

Eco printed silk scarvesHopefully I will be boiling more scarves this week, I have been collecting leaves around the village, I think everyone might think I’m crazy . 🙂

What are you planning on making this week?

Ceramic Wall Art – Leaves And Fishes

Just a short post today; I have been taking things more slowly this past week, having said that I have a lot of clay work drying, I have a box of finished items that need listing in my Etsy shop, I’ve been sewing, and cooking for the freezer. So I haven’t been unproductive but I feel less frantic about getting everything done having given myself permission to slow down.

I have a bit of a plan, part of which is to get the raku stock made now rather than wait until people start Christmas shopping. It’s not much fun braving a dull cold and even rainy day to raku fire under the porch. I have a few more firing days planned in the next couple of weeks before the weather cools down.

So for now I’m listing leaves and fishes in my shop, Kiln Fired Art

Here’s some of my favourite leaves in my shop now.
ceramic leaf wall art

ceramic decorationsThere are ceramic fish too, including mackerel and sprats.

bathroom wall art ceramic fish

shoal of fish ceramic wall art bathroom decoration

I had a stoneware glaze firing yesterday so lots more to come including earring charms and succulent pots as well as some new items, I will show you what came out of the kiln shortly.

Series Of Nine Painting Challenge

I discovered Wendy Solganik aka @willawatercolours over on Istagram having listened to a podcast interview with Laura Horn Art.

I decided to take up Willawatercolors Instagram art challange and make a series of nine paintings.

So where to begin?

I wanted to practice what I’d learnt from Laura’s classes, but I wanted to make these paintings my own.

I took inspiration from my photos of Northumberland, the cup and ring marks and rock carvings, rock formations, striations and carved channels in the rocks, boulders, foamy elderberry flowers and grassy tussocks, snaking lines, the sea. I made mental notes as I flicked through my photos.

I set my intention, to stick to the same simple colour palette and use my Northumberland photos as loose inspiration. Also I have a mantra when I paint this way which I learned from the artist Arnold Lowrey, it is “Repetition with variation”.

I knew if I was to keep this up without changing too much I would probably need to try different composition structures so I refreshed my memory.

I chose a simple colour scheme, Payne’s grey is my go to colour , the purple came from the heather in the landscape of Northumberland, a couple of inktense sticks and a few pens and inks were all I would need.

Number 1.

I thought I would keep things simple for the first one, circles with ring marks, but once I got into it my rings became spirals, which I love to use in my work.

Series of nine painting challenge

Number 2.

This time I went for a more in depth painting. I like the end result and I enjoyed the process. I  subconsciously called upon images in my mind that I wasn’t aware of until I stepped back from painting.

Series of nine challenge

Number 3.

Now I was having to think how to change things up, I chose a different composition. I struggled with this painting, my interest was starting to ebb, maybe series of 3 is more my thing.

Series of nine challenge

Number 4.

I wasn’t sure where to go next, should I add another colour? I decided not to, I went back to circles / blobby composition to give myself some breathing space.Series of nine painting challenge

Number 5.

I had another look at my photos, some of the carved rocks had channels , these reminded me of a technique from Laura Horn Art classes that I had taken not so long ago. I’m not sure if this painting hangs together, maybe a square mount would be better.

Series of nine painting challenge

Number 6.

I’m getting bored with the colour scheme now maybe it’s time to introduce a touch of yellow ochre, back to the circles to try it out.

Series of nine painting challenge

Number 7.

I chose a calming linear composition for this one.

Series of nine painting challengeNumber 8.

When we climbed Simonside there was a place where a rock was just hanging there between the huge boulders.

Series of nine painting challenge

Number 9.

I finally got there, to finish I couldn’t resist some stacked pebbles of Millstone grit.

Series of nine painting challenge

Here’s my series of nine all together, now I need some titles, if anyone has suggestions how to name a painting I would appreciate it .

Series of nine painting challenge

Which one is your favourite painting?

 

 

Loosening up my watercolour style.

For a long time now I have wanted to ‘simplify’ my watercolour painting style, breaking away from the traditional methods I learnt so long ago, and maybe even venture into mixed media work.

When I saw Lesley Watt’s post on Art Elements about online watercolour classes with Laura Horn I thought this could be just what I needed, so I ordered some classes to take on holiday with me.
I enjoyed Laura’s classes very much and watched them several times over while I was away but I didn’t work through the videos as I was going as I prefer to watch several times, digest for a while then do my own thing. I tend to do this with books as well.

Inspired by what I had learnt from Laura and with my island trip fresh in my mind I jumped in and painted, and painted until my paper block ran out.

Zen Art by Jill EganZen Art by Jill Egan

Zen Art by Jill Egan

Zen Art by Jill EganIt took me a while to adjust to different ways of working, I’ve never been happy working on watercolour paper that wasn’t stretched but using a paper in block form suited me perfectly.  Also I was finally giving myself the freedom of allowing ‘cauliflowers’ or ‘blooms’ to form in my paintings, which was definitely a no no when I went to watercolour classes. I love those blooms in the paint.

Zen Art by Jill Egan

Zen Art by Jill Egan

Zen Art by Jill Egan

Zen Art by Jill EganI discovered Posca pens, which I now love, and I got to use acrylics and inks which I haven’t used very much in the past. I have always loved the flowing serendipitous qualities of watercolours, also texture and pattern are my ‘thing’.

I’ve been aware that I’m spending less time working these days , I’m slowing down, I think it’s an ‘age thing’ or just life happenings. I am relaxed, and deliberately taking more time to enjoy the ‘Zen’ aspects of life and connect with mother nature more.

Zen Art by Jill Egan

Zen Art by Jill Egan

Zen Art by Jill EganI have been thinking about how I will define my creative self as I get older, I’m planning on going back to my roots with watercolours and stitching, but seen through ‘new’ eyes, 20 (or for some things even 40+) years on. It’s a transition that I won’t rush. 🙂

Zen Art by Jill Egan

A new website is on it’s way, for my art which isn’t ‘kiln fired,’ more on that later when it’s up and running. I need to think up some titles for my new paintings, I find this very difficult indeed because when I paint I’m obviously influenced by something that has touched me, but I don’t articulate through words, I do it with my brush, words don’t come easy.

But now I need to decide………

do I make prints ………

or ………

sell the original paintings?

Working with the seasons- new foliage.

I have been waiting eagerly for the leaves to come on the trees so I can do some printing.

We have been out walking most days during this amazing fine spell, the river is very low.

River walk

River walkIt’s lovely to see all the wildflowers coming into bloom, but I don’t pick those.

Primroses.

River walkBlackthorn.River walk

English bluebells.River walk

Cowslips.
UntitledCommon violets.River walkRed campion.River walk

There were swans, ducks, geese and herons nesting on the pond. Also frog spawn and lots of small fish as well as an eel in the burn.

River walkThe lambs are growing fast
River walkDo you ever get the feeling you are being watched?  🙂

River walkI noticed the field maple and sycamore trees had small leaves and flowers so I picked a few to eco print.

UntitledThey worked quite well but I should have used heavier paper as I tore some of the sheets when they were wet so I will have to cut them down a bit.
UntitledI have blue bells in my garden so I tried the hammering technique to transfer the print but it just transferred a mushy mess, for now I will stick to boiling and steaming .

I am really enjoying working with the seasons but I think Spring is a time where it’s hard to keep up with all that’s bursting into life around me.