I have just opened the kiln and the third and final piece for this group is out. I’m very pleased with it. They are now ready to go to their new home in the south of England.
It was lovely to share the sunshine with Henk Littlewood who came to move this sculpture called Mind Today. He will take it to Ruskin Land in the Wyre Valley where the principles of John Ruskin, arts, hand crafts, hand skills, architecture and fine art are all celebrated. This work is going to sit within […]
This piece is now dry enough to lay on its side, I’m crossing my fingers that the coils will now hold together, rather than splitting. Smoothing away all the lumps and bumps so that I can work on the shape of this end. I risk letting a little air out by making a […]
I have completed the top side of this piece and I hope it will be dry enough to turn tomorrow, so that I can work on the base. The clay is a wonderful texture now, it stays where I put it without bouncing back, (which is what happens when it is too wet to work.) […]
I half wrapped these pieces on Monday, so that the tops could dry to the same consistency as the bases. I have now used my thumbs to smooth the clay being careful not to trap any pockets of air. My phone no longer recognises my thumbprint which is no longer there! This clay is like […]
Today I opened the kiln. My heart is always pounding at this point! I nervously take a tiny peek, I guess this is akin to hiding behind a pillow and only letting one eye see a scary film! I love what I can see so far, but it is somewhat frustrating as I can’t […]
Whilst the kiln is cooling, I am making two smaller pieces. I make these in exactly the same way, but the clay coils are thinner.
The kiln is open! I am so very pleased with this piece, it’s surface is so rich and full of interesting details. Phew! Before firing. What a difference! This surface is gorgeous. So happy with this one!
I have finally found enough quiet time to finish drawing the linear detail onto this piece. It is now slowly heating in the kiln. I will see the results in six days! Walking it into the kiln. Ready to fire.
It has been a glorious sunny day today. I have been drawing the detail into the surface of this piece, readying it for the kiln. Tomorrow is Eyam carnival, so I will be closing early to don a costume and join the parade. The garden will be open from 11 – 2 and the carnival […]