My pottery creations on and off the wheel.


First Chick hatched but is it okay?

21 days to the day and I have the first chick, wasn’t sure if it was alive though a couple of hours ago, I found it on its back unable to turn over. Every half hour I go out and it’s caste again.  Was planning to separate the black one that has been sitting from the brown one when they all hatched to keep the chicks safe, but now I’m not sure as they seem to be sharing the job sitting next to each other in the box?


Black one nesting, did the brown one do it?

Half an hour after taking this, I went back to find one of the chooks had pecked it in the stomach, with a bit of nursing and a wheat bag for warmth, it seems to be perking up.  Stands up and chirps when I talk to it now and the bleeding has stopped so hoping!  Wondering if I should give it back to it’s mum now have stopped the brown chook getting in?



Update: the poor thing made it through the night but only just and it’s tummy was all infected. Feel so cruel for trying to keep it alive with such a big peck wound but it was still trying till half an hour ago.


Update 3pm: Chook chook can help the new lavender grow.

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Large terracotta mask again.


The inside of the original sculpture after removing the polystyrene, it is almost an abstract sculpture on it’s own!


Plaster cast from the original sculpture that I did on top of the polystyrene.


The original sculpture after removing both the polystyrene base and the plaster cast. Cleaned up and fittings added to hang. No undercuts this time except for the eyebrows, no biggie to fix though. HINT: spend some time on this part for there is nothing as disheartening as an undercut in the clay that the plaster grabs onto and you can’t prise the two apart!

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Herb garden for the chooks

Good time in the garden today, all for the chooks this time.  Have been putting sage and rosemary in the nesting boxes lately to keep them calm specially now for the one that’s nesting and read that it was good for their health and mites etc.  So they now have their own garden am hoping that the plants are far enough away from the chicken wire that they can get established before they start pecking at them, will see tomorrow.  They have marigolds (mostly for me 🙂 sage and lemon balm and rosemary cuttings if I can get them going, from mums garden.  Lucky Clucks!


Old bricks for a mowing strip.


Sage, marigolds and lemon balm in the chooks garden so far.



How to make a large terracotta face mask in 10 steps

Tonight I have been making a larger mask and thought I would show step by step how I am making it, the polystyrene base I made in another post seems to be doing the job okay, pleased with it.


Step One: cut pieces of polystyrene for the high points of the face, tape and cover with cling film.

mask 1

Step Two: Clay slab draped over the mould and press firmly to get basic shapes in.

mask nose 2

Step Three: usually I start with the nose so I get an idea of the length of the face.

mask mouth 1

Step Four: add rolled coils for the mouth.

mask mouth 2

Step Five: added another thick coil to add weight to the lower lip and chin.


Step Six: and another ball of clay to raise the height of the chin.


Step Seven: next put two oval shaped balls of clay into the eye sockets.

mask eyes

Step Eight: begin by marking in the outer edges of the eyeball and the iris using a wooden tool.

mask eyes 4

Step Nine: smooth outer edges then add coils to build up the lower and upper lids.


Step Ten: build up the side of the nose and blend into the cheek to frame the eyes.


Tools down for now!


Finished off today.