Sit’s nicely in the palm this one. Love the markings produced by smoke permeating the layers of clay resist.
A beautiful galaxy appeared in the slip bucket lid!!!
These thorny sticks of charcoal are an inspiring bi-product of recent smoke firing and sagger experiments.
They originated as garden waste, pruned from my father in law’s rose bush and contributed to the marks and effects on this little pot.
I’m marveling at the texture and shape of the charred, blackened twigs and excited by the possibilities of using them in my work.
Somewhere in this blackened sagger is a little burnt offering in need of wire wool & wax tlc!
Although I’m a thrower, I do enjoy the challenge of working with other pottery techniques.
These slabbed constructions are ceramic bases, designed to support a sculpture on a metal rod. That said, I reckon they look pretty cool as stand alone pieces. I particularly enjoy the potential for geometric pattern making when the bases are lined up in groups.
I’ve been developing more rattles and shakers, this time in the shape of bugs and bees. Each little beastie is made entirely from sections created on the potter’s wheel. The separate elements are joined together and smoothed to give the appearance of being whole. (Each bee has been made from x4 separate wheel throw sections.)
The freshly assembled insects above have just been coated in a layer of thick, luscious white slip and I think you’ll agree, they look pretty tasty at this stage.
They do change quite a bit when they emerge from the kiln:
To give you a sense of scale – each bee or bug can sit happily in the palm of one hand. Tiny little ceramics!