claycreationsbydanies

My pottery creations on and off the wheel.


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Throwing Ribs

For years i have wished i could throw properly on the wheel, and every now and then i get inspired and give it another go, a work in progress.

All with the same wooden rib i got in my first basic pottery tool kit, you know the one, a little bag with a sponge, a needle tool, a ribbon tool, cutting wire and a turning tool.

I thought it was time for some more ribs that i can use on the wheel, so today was rib making day. With my trusty jigsaw, a scrap of hardwood and some wonky cutting skills, i have a good little collection.

ribs

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Impulse and inspiration today

I have been thinking about making frogs and want to make native NZ ones instead of the classic shape i see.  I could probably find a picture on NZ Forest and Bird but there is so much more fun to it when you get to study them in person.

The impulse was that i went out for one thing, and came home with another thing, as you do. I don’t even have a pond,  but i came home with tadpoles……of course !

A bit of rush DIY pond making later, riverstones out of the garden, duckweed, some rainwater and my pottery and they have a home to transform in.

Update: well it is not as pretty one but after 3 tries i found a container that didn’t have holes for me to plug, so the tadpoles, baby fish and plants from the river can keep their water 🙂


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Pottery club day….

Any one would think i didn’t want to go to pottery club today, so not true, but yet again i’m not there and i am getting frustrated with myself!

Once again i sorted through the tools i would be using the night before to save some time, spent forever trying to decide what i was going to make and how, i decided to make one of my “its all about the heart ladies” just in a little bit of a different way.

Do you think i could sleep ? So i got out the exercise ball then did some taichi breathing, then the enchanted garden guided meditation ate  bread and butter pudding all night. So eventually i got to sleep and eventually i woke up…late!

I did go to pottery though..yay, only i got down the road and had to come back to get what i forgot, realised it was rubbish day, went out again, got down the road  and had to go back for something else i had forgotten.

At this stage i am hot, bothered, irritated, class is nearly over, everyone would be going home, i’m exhausted, sit down and just can’t do it anymore.

So here i am…not at pottery club, rats!

 

 

 

 


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Sunflowers

 

This year i scattered seeds from last year, only a few of them have taken though, so next best thing this year is to make some out of clay.

I dried a few of last years seed heads to plant out again and at the same time i made a couple of bisque molds of the seed heads.  I  have been using them for the centre of my new flowers.