My pottery creations on and off the wheel.

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Grounding potatoes.

There is nothing more “grounding” than digging up potatoes so you can have them for dinner, and I needed that today ūüôā


I don’t remember what the¬†dark ones were but I must have left them in the ground a bit long the skins were really thick and rough and sadly had to peel them. The skin was a dark purple and the flesh had lovely streaks of purple through it.

The state of me after doing this would have been worth a photo but it would have been a bit embarrassing…just imagine muddy streaks all around my face in all different patterns, up my arms and up my sleeves, all down my front, in my shoes and somehow even filled up my shirt. Very grounding indeed.


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How could I be the only person in the club NOT to be told when the wood fire kiln opening was…really sad I missed one of the most exciting parts of the process, especially after lighting it.

Today: tears have dried now and it’s just one of those things that happen, it will be exciting to see the finished products so focusing on that ūüôā

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Woodfire with Duncan and Charade

Just amazing to be part of this wood firing, and in awe of the process and I thought my firings in my little electric kiln were labour intensive!

This was the culmination of work the pottery club did at Charade’s Candlestick workshop a while back using a white sculptural clay. It was a nice grogged clay to work with for hand building and just might use it again.


After the workshop I also made my “all about the heart” sculptures and small carved masks and mini Buddha heads out of the same clay.


Saturday was all about applying the glazes by brushing and dipping and slip was sprayed onto the pieces that have had their first bisque firing done. Some of them here waiting for loading.

glaze done

Then between us all, each with our little jobs from rolling balls of wadding, attaching balls to the bottom of each piece and passing down the line to be loaded into the kiln. Charade  waiting for the next pieces to load, camera shy but you get the idea.

charade loading kiln

The inside of the kiln is a work of art in itself with all the glaze, soda and ash (I think) from previous firings coating the bricks ! Can just see my little kiwi candlestick facing the front I wonder how it will fare with his wonky beak?


The masks and all about the hearts going in.

This view is from inside the throat of the firing chamber where we put the wood in, into the main part of the kiln.


Now the kiln is full Duncan temporarily covers the entrance with mud and bricks. Then a final covering ready for lighting this morning.



Kay and I were first on the roster this morning to light the kiln.

No pressure ūüôā

My first job, appeasing the kiln gods with a bunch of flowers then cutting a wheelbarrow of kindling.

for the kiln gods

Well at least I didn’t embarrass myself, I can still light a fire!


One more to light and once they got going it was time for the next shift and some lunch, I wonder how they’re going?

lighting the chambers

Opening in a few days time!

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Raglan Women’s Retreat

After 11 days at the¬†Raglan Women’s Retreat, it is back to earth with a little thud.

It is surprisingly hard to make that transition from being looked after, being with supportive women, aromatherapy, trying out tai chi, sunsets on the water like this and¬†swimming in the sea to …..well…!

Not that I am complaining, it’s just that I have come home with all sorts of envy including Vege Garden Envy!



And bought a couple of small stamps that might work their way into my next creations ūüôā