Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Bad Ass Sex Pot

It has been ages since I have done a post like this and I usually do it from Folksy with the 'Wild and Wonderful' but I am recently spending alot more time on Etsy and am loving our international makers and buyers and thought I would spread the love over there too!

(Click on image to be transported to the listing info)

Monday, 16 April 2012

Silly Me for Sentiments

New 'Sentiment Bowls' 

Impressed with inspiring words to encourage, remind and bring hope.

I am so fond of my new 'Sentiment' Bowls.
They are the perfect size to nestle in the hand and make such lovely gifts for special occasions like birthday's or anniversaries.

Also great for little gifts for friends when needing a pick me up or lift of the spirits.
For those times when you just need reminding to dream and believe.

I am building quite a collection and they looks so beautiful clustered together with their jewel like colours.
I am finding it hard to part with any of them but I am slowly listing them available to buy on my Etsy shop
(You can click on the picture to be taken directly to the listing)

(Or click on the links below)

Monday, 9 April 2012

UK Clay Users Interview

Merry Easter Everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful relaxing break and enjoying lots of eggs and celebrations!

Recently I took part in a brilliant interview for the UK Clay Users team on Etsy conducted by Carmen from orimiu

It was great fun to do and I was able to express alot about my work and processes than I have ever done before and it felt quite liberating!

You can read it here

Monday, 2 April 2012

Porcelain Update

It has been ages since I said I was going to have a play with my new porcelain and if any one was a waiting with baited breath to see what I have come up with I do apologise ;)

I have been busy making regular stock to fill the fairs and shows I have planned for the year and couldn't fit in much play time sadly. To be honest after first having a tiny poke about of the porcelain I am afraid I got rather intimidated by it.
Sounds ridiculous I know but being so used to my usual forgiving stoneware clay trying out the porcelain daunted me! 

I had such wonderful ideas for structures that have been swimming around in my head for years that I thought would suit the whiteness and translucency of the fired porcelain but pretty soon in I realised I needed a lot more practise and probably more skill in porcelain work to fully accomplish these ideas.

I did however make some lovely little leaf dishes and more of my scallop shells that I usually make in my stoneware clay

 These are just out of the bisque firing

I think these with look brilliant when glazed particularly the shells as the glazes used on them are really unusual and almost lustre like.

It took a bit of time for me to get my head around the porcelain and having to treat it differently to what I am used to. It is so fine and delicate and just sucks any moisture up I soon discovered that water is it's best-est friend. Little cracks appeared in the central veins again like it did with those larger leaf dishes but I was able to deal with them and the next batch has come out of it's bisque firing looking good.

I can see the appeal entirely too. It's a lot like a diva, demanding and unforgiving but gosh when it sings it really sings and you know all that pain and effort was worth it.....well we'll wait and see how true that is when the dishes are completely finished :)

Do any of you see a huge difference in porcelain or stoneware clay pieces? Do you value porcelain above stoneware clay due to it's difficulty? Or does it not make a difference?