Hello Hello Hello!
Here we are again at the start of the New Year and I am feeling positive and determined to make this year count!
I'd like to think that my attitude to life is changing, for the better of course, all the time and I do feel like a different person coming into 2017... although saying that I have just had 10 days off work so that has probably helped with the positivity. :D
Anyways, I had a spurt of creativity at the end of 2016 so I'm going to focus on that for this New Year post, instead of reflecting on 2016 as a whole. It's been and gone and there's is nothing you can do about it... well apart from learn from the things that went wrong, that would be a good step.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first term at The Ceramics Studio and I have already signed up for my next term this year. I am going to focus on improving on my throwing skills before I get carried away with making specific items. I did manage to make a few Christmas presents at the end of 2016 which you will see below. I also had some fun with adding a kiss of metallic to some of the items using imitation copper leaf, something I saw on Pinterest! :D I have a feeling gilding objects is going to be a big design feature in my future work, it was so much fun and the effect is fab!
Before casting your eyes on the items I made, please accept my apologies for the abysmal photos! ha! I took them in a bit of a rush on my phone in the last week running up to Christmas so they are quite poor. I guess that is something else I need to work on this year, photographing products! I'm sure I have a book somewhere on photographing for blogs...
Look I am getting sidetracked, here are my pottery presents!
|This is a hand built tea light holder/lantern |
for my mum's friend/colleague.
When I drew the design for this piece it was meant to capture a feeling of a snowy scene with rolling hills and tumbling clouds. However, it was nearing the end of term so I was rushing once again and I attempted a couple of techniques that were new to me that I hadn't tried before using slip (which is used before bisque firing/glazing) and they didn't exactly work out quite how I had imagined. The final result wasn't a disaster though! Once I had glazed it in gloss white, the 'snowy scene' softened into more of an abstract symbol of winter which I quite like. This is definitely something I want to re-visit creating in the future!
|A more natural hand built tea light holder/lantern that|
I gave to my Grandparents
This was another attempt at a hand built tea light holder/lantern. It turned out I had picked up the wrong clay when I was making this, it has more grit or something in it which makes it stronger so that's why I went for a more natural look. Again I was rushing this at the end of the term so the finishing is a bit poor and it's quite rough around the edges, literally in places! But it was fun to make and I really enjoyed improvising the design of the holes.
Like all things there is always room for improvement so I have decided to create a making journal so that I can document what worked and what didn't so I can learn and move forward. I really really enjoyed the hand building side to pottery, the technique can be as simple and rolling out a slab of clay and forming it into the shape you want. I found more freedom working like that so I think it will feature quite a bit more in my own development.
|More hand built tea light holders.|
These were made for my two brother's and their partners.
|I felt they were a bit plain so I jazzed them up with|
the imitation copper leaf!
Those are battery LED candles in case you are wondering
Safety first! ;-)
More hand built tea light holders, this time a more contemporary design. I really liked the shape I had created but I felt they looked a bit dull glazed all in one colour which is why I looked into adding a metallic touch. I was really pleased with the outcome and I know for a fact that I'm going to be adding more metallic touches in the future! :D
I also made some Christmas tree decorations...
I had attempted to add some texture to these by rolling decorative lace into the clay but the glaze removed a lot of the detail which is why I went a bit crazy with the copper leaf! I gave these away as gifts with my brother's tea light holders.
These three decorations looked better in just the glaze so they had pride of place on our Christmas tree...
|Our cheap secret Santa sack at work tore last|
year so I upcycled the motifs from it and stitched
them onto a new sack I made using some
of my fabric stash
|I struggled to find something to wear for my work's|
Christmas do, mainly due to weight gain :(
So my lovely mum made me this gorgeous dress!
It started as a team effort, I cut most of it out
and started to sew it but my mum's sewing skills are
much more advanced than mine so she made
the whole thing really! Lucky eh! :D
|A couple of fabric storage bags I made|
for my dance teachers :)
|An adorable brooch I made using a tutorial and kit found in|
one of the latest Mollie Makes magazines.
This went to my sister-in-law :)
And I don't plan to stop there, I have the bug now, I have already spotted a tutorial on making concrete pots on Pinterest that I am itching to have a go at! :D I think I need the weather to warm up a bit first though. You can find my Pinterest boards here, if you are interested :)
It's been good sharing, look how positive it's been!
New Year, New Chances, Same Dreams
Ta Ta for now!