claycreationsbydanies

My pottery creations on and off the wheel.


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Too much for me and the chooks

Thankfully it is not cold but it is raining, good for the seedlings but not the greatest for me and the chooks!

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The poor things have decided to gaurd the nest they made under the rose bush again, rain or not. I also gave away the rooster so the eggs won’t even be fertile, the silly chooks.

I had planned on today being “moving day” for them as i only have the gate left to put on their new home and run, i just didn’t want to get drenched myself. “One more night to go chooks”

And for me the muggy rain means a lot of moisture is still in the air, so the clay projects from the class are very slow at drying.  The water can’t evaporate into wet air, mid summer is another story with trying to slow it down.


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Super excited for tomorrow!

Am adding updates for students so that you can see the journey your creations go through, i hope you enjoy them 🙂

Tomorrow i will be doing a class for pottery, super excited.

This will be my first adult class with 6 artiststs who normally use different  mediums, just a little bit daunting 🙂

I am just hoping that i can translate some pottery joy and inspiration on the day!

Update: some pictures of the workshop i took today. I really enjoyed it and got such a buzz out of helping people get creative. We worked with texture, underglazes and even some handmade beads….

Update:  just a quick smooth of edges and holes with a wet sponge, to make sure there are no sharp edges, and the pieces are just starting to lose some of their moisture.  The drying needs to be a slow process especially with flat pieces to reduce the stress on the clay.

 Update: the pieces have now been shifted onto a wire rack (a.k.a my fire surround) to get some air circulating around the flat pieces.  As the water comes out of the underglaze colours they look quite different and brighten up again after the final firing.

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Update: Saturday i put the pieces in the kiln for their first firing or bisque firing, there was still a bit of moisture in the clay, you can check this by holding it up to your cheek and if it feels cold it is not completely dry. So i did a very long and slow firing with an hour of candling at the beginning, this is where i fire the kiln with the lid open to let some of the moisture escape. This is where the chemical change happens in the clay that hardens it and changes colour. Sunday evening after cooling the kiln till it is just warm, i unpacked the kiln ready for the next step.

 

 Update: With the bisque done and a nice sunny day, Monday is glazing day.

Now it is Tuesday and i am waiting for the kiln to finish cooling to see the results before i bring them in in Thursday!

Had a tiny issue with a piece of number 8 wire masquerading as a piece of kanthal wire! Got creative though and now one bead, has an embedded loop ready for hanging.

Great results, will share after the students have seen and added their bits and bobs 🙂

Glazed pieces from the kiln

Unfortunately there is a little bit of colour difference in the clay and the heatwork from the top to the bottom of the kiln.

I love the painterly colouring and textures with the terracotta coming through that the ladies acheived!

 


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Tiny home….

Making a little bit of progress on the chooks new tiny home.

I want to have a bit of fun with this one and i might just paint it some crazy fun colours and make it into some garden art.

The tongue and groove roof is on now and i almost want to move into it myself, with its three stories, cozy nesting box, sheltered roosting balcony, pitched roof and rustic looking staircase!

Next little bit done was putting some old retro patterned lino on the roosting deck and closed in the nesting box. Hopefully i can just get the hose onto the lino to clean.

I wish i had the stamina to do it all in one go because at this rate it will end up being their new summer home when it was meant to be their new winter home. Plus i can’t wait to decorate it for them 🙂


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Chook/Rooster

On the weekend I gave my youngest chook to a friend. A little reluctantly because she was my favourite and really young when i got her, and grew into a beautiful healthy looking chook, she was a beautiful orange colour and twice the size of the other three.

Well, as it turns out,  a chook, even a brown shaver is not usually that tall and log legged, and it’s tail does not grow that way, and the combs are not like that, and the other chooks went clucky for a reason.

I didn’t have a beautiful amazonian red haired chook, i had a rooster!!!

 


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Ginger Beer without a recipe?

Making ginger beer with no recipe may not be the best way to go!

I put down 4 bottles the day before yesterday and i was really impatient as usual and didn’t want to go through the rigmarole of it all and haven’t got a plant at the moment. So, started with a bowl of tepid water with a “bit” of sugar and a big “sprinkle” of yeast, 3 x 1.5 and one 2.25 litre plastic bottles, made them up with “some”sugar, lemon juice (from a bottle as i have no luck with growing lemon trees) and water then added the yeasty mix. Done.

The first one went into the sink with warm water and after a few hours i drank it, not ready but still yum, had one yesterday out of the hot water cupboard it was getting there, today though i am struggling to open a bottle with all the fizzing going on i can’t even get the lid off.

That will teach me not to use a recipe?!