This year the class was for Easter Hearts and Pinch pots, and today is glazing. Though as i write this i realise its’s going to rain, it did start of beatifully sunny…will add some more later :-[
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.
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!
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.
I really enjoyed the Thames Grahamstown Market with my helpers, i hadn’t been there for years, a good way to close 2016, bring on 2017.
I have had a bit of Fuschia envy lately and tried doing cuttings with no success for ages now, so finding a beautiful fuschia in flower at one of the stalls just made my day 🙂
Sadly, it’s when the glaze I used didn’t fit the clay body and ended up with crazing, tiny little cracks all over the inside of the pot and not safe for food 😦
They will, however, make pretty plant pots, i think the next ones i make will be in terracotta with the “other” clear glaze.
Time to underglaze the grapes on the rumpots today.
One of them i will be doing at the bisque stage and one at bone dry, it will be interesting to see the differences with both methods, i usually find it easier to do at bone dry.
After this i will give them both a bisque fire to set the underglaze and fire the two new wheel thrown lids at the same time….in the kiln now.