It’s been a busy week, making new stock each day and now I am running out of drying space.
So what have I made besides the snowdrop ceramics featured in my last post?
There are raku fish, including the ever popular mackerel and sprats, also some tropical fish including clown fish. There’s raku hanging leaves and ceramic soap dishes and trinket dishes made from stoneware clay.
These all need to be left to dry before bisque firing, then they will be glazed and fired again so it will be a few weeks before they make it into my shops. I’ve no space left to make anything more so I can have a little rest and plan some new work.
A lot of the work that I enjoy doing involves working with the seasons, using the leaves and foliage available at certain times of the year. Last year I only got a couple of hosta pots made before the leaves fell victim to the frosts. So this year I patiently waited for them to come into leaf. But then we had a couple of trips away so it’s only now that I have had the time to make some more pots. I made some small incense stick holders and tea light holders, or they could even be used as a ring tray. I made some ‘fossil’ tiles too, but I missed the buttercups and late spring flowers that I wanted to use so I tried some new ideas like clematis and lavender as well as seed heads.
Another thing about working with the seasons is the weather, it’s been quite hot so I’ve worked in the garden, playing mud pies and recycling some clay. It’s firming up nicely now.
I took some time in the shade to make some fish, hares, and soap dishes for my handmade soap. I think I need to make a few more for the shop. I had to work quickly in the heat and keep everything damp while I was working. Handling the clay kept me feeling cool, I love playing with mud on a hot day.
I’ve been out collecting leaves for eco printing too, more on that later.
It’s been a busy week, I’ve made quite a lot, thankfully my mojo has returned and I think seeing signs that Spring is not far off has given me an energy boost. It’s come at the right time as I need stock for my Etsy shop and a Spring event.
I made some of the old favourite ‘Ella’s Doily’ ikebana bowls as well as some that are a little different with plant impressions. I am waiting eagerly for the hosta leaves to appear; this working with the seasons takes patience.
There are hearts too And wrens
Hares Also a custom order for pendants
There are clocks and tiles needing cleaning this morning.
This past week the weather has turned, we have had plenty of rain and it’s back to dull Autumnal weather with sunny spells.
I’m not complaining though, my beloved fells need water to green them up, although it’s almost time for the bracken to turn bronze again. I love the changing seasons.
I did have plans this summer to throw as much as I could and bisque fire so it was there to glaze during the cooler months. This also doubles up in heating the studio making it more inviting to work in when it’s horrible weather.
Who would have thought the weather would be so good this summer? However having so many family celebrations, and travelling quite a bit meant the pots didn’t get made.
So this week it has been back to work in order to catch up. At least we can raku fire responsibly as there is little risk of a field catching fire now since all the rain came down.
I have been making leaves which are drying nicely.
I have lots of bowls waiting to be glazed too, so as you read this I am probably tucked up in the studio listening to Bad Company (my music of choice when doing clay work) a brush and a pot of glaze to hand.
While I was tidying up this morning I was thinking about what to make next. I have to think of something inspired by swirls for the Art Elements challenge. I have a couple of ideas but nothing is shouting out at me. Also I would like some dinner plates for Christmas so it’s time to try again, hoping they don’t crack this time. Then there is another bag of raku clay to throw, and my kitchenware pouring bowls are in demand. Told you there was lots of catching up to do…….
I bit the bullet and finally glazed one place setting of what I had called my ‘dinner set’. I had already realised that my dinner plates were too small, more of a breakfast plate size.
I have just opened the kiln to reveal all, the plate on the top shelf was just the colour I was hoping for, and the glaze looked even…… result!
The next batt revealed the bowls and mug, yes they all survived the firing and the glaze looks pretty good, although it’s more green and not as dark blue as I had hoped for, but I still like it so it’s not a problem.
I think my mugs and dessert bowls could have been larger but as this is my first crack at it I’m happy enough with them. This is more of a luncheon set than a dinner set, for soup and a sandwich, some fruit salad and coffee these would be just perfect.
I have another 9 of everything to glaze and then I can make some larger mugs and plates, some serving dishes, a tea set, oh the list is growing.
I do love them though and can’t wait to use them, better get some more glazed so OH and myself can enjoy eating off them at the weekend. Smaller plates aren’t a bad thing, they will be good for my waistline. I’m chuffed to bits with how they have come out, what do you think of the glaze colour?
My lampshade kit arrived yesterday, if you remember I made a textural lamp base and I wanted an oval shade for it. I thought making it myself would finish the lamp off perfectly.
I have made a lampshade before and it was very satisfying to do. The kit arrived but I was a little concerned about the creases in the linen fabric, I should have known really, linen is always creased. After an awful lot of steam ironing I thought, just give it a go and see what happens. Fortunately when it was stuck onto the backing the slight creases didn’t show.
OH wired up my lamp base for me , I knew already where it would go, on the hall tables, under my Arnold Lowrey painting. It looks great there.
Here’s a closer look, I think the simple shade works really well with the textured base. I seem to have a thing for making table lamps, I would like to make another one with a rusty look, and I know the perfect spot for it. 🙂
Having a monthly review now I feel that I should save up all my makes for the end of the month, so maybe it’s time to review having the review 🙂
The first thing I do when I get out of bed is head up the garden path, usually in my dressing gown and slippers ( sound familiar?) to open my kilns. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, it feels like Christmas every morning when you have a kiln.
So today I have one to load up and switch on, and one to open up, so I thought I’d share this moment with my readers.
This is what’s going in the one I’ve just switched on, the brown stuff will be coloured and shiny once fired. The black pen lines fire away and leave no trace. This is the first stage of one of my handpainted lustre bowls.
This is what’s on the top batt (shelf) of the kiln I’ve just opened up. The kiln fairies have played nicely.
I told you it was exciting ( or is that just me?), this is what’s on the second batt.
And the bottom batt.
I will give you some better photo’s of my pots at the end of the month once they have some lustre on, I know I’m being a tease 🙂