My pottery creations on and off the wheel.

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Pottery under the tree

In between constantly fretting over and checking the welfare of the chooks, i did some underglazing, some small flowers, sunflowers i made last week  and the jewelled gecko pot.

I have found a new favourite shady summery spot for pottery under the little tree out the front, will show you tomorrow ūüôā

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Underglazing the grapes

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.

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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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.


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¬†ūüôā

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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A bit of colour on the wheel

Finishing off the small pots I started last week and felt like a bit of colour to brighten me up. So these ones have a bit of  white slip coloured with cobalt and red pigment stain, like an underglaze painted on at the un-fired clay stage. Left the bases clear of colour, just because I like the terracotta colour too!

Have left these a bit long and they dried out too much as you can see in the photos, but I got there. I would normally turn the top of the pot one day and carve the foot the next when the clay has firmed¬†up and¬†is still a little softer, but stuff just happens on it’s own timetable sometimes and gets in the way:-)