Saturday, 7 November 2009

Fabric and Wool.

Last week at university we were given another brief, at first it was abit of a shock to the system, because of all the other work that we all have.
The brief is for an exhibition at Brymbo Enterprise Centre, just before christmas, at first I was reluctant to produce any work because of the amount of work I have already, but after a tutorial with one of my tutors, she told me I didnt have to produce ceramic objects, this set alarm bells inside my ears, and I suddenly started to smile, thinking what I could tutor gave me some ideas of vessels made by fabric or wool.
she seemed to be quite impressed by the samples I had already made and was already starting to press into clay for texture.
for example:

I made this a few weeks ago by layering up some bits of fabric I had lying about and I sewn lines up and down, and then cut up the spaces which shows the layers really nice.
once I pressed this into they clay I found it didn't really have the same effect, so I think it would be really interesting to make some sort of bowl or vessel from it.
so the Brymbo exhibition is coming up, my main idea is to make a series of crocheted bowls different shapes and sizes... here are some examples:

I've used some really chunky wool for this bowl which keeps it quite stiff, I love this wool, it has bits of different colours in like red,green,blue and yellow, which make a very subtle impact, I have also added some lovely flowery fabric which makes it look more feminine,
I could see 3 of these little bowls sitting on a mantle piece, spaced out, as little ornamental pieces.

Here are some plain ones I made, I still like these because of the dots of colours in the wool.
I'm going to make more in different colours and sizes, I'm really excited about these little bowls.

on my way home from university yesterday I went to chester market, and looked at the fabric, I'm really loving flowery fabric at the moment, so I picked these little beauties up,

I'm excited to produce some really lovely bowls.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Bernard Leach

I think i best write a blog on Bernard Leach,
most of my research is about Bernard Leach as I'm writing my dissertation on him and his pots.

Bernard Leach was born January 1887 in Hong Kong, where he stayed until he was 10, at the age of 16 he went to study drawing, and in 1909 he went back to Japan as an etcher. He attended a “Raku” party in 1911, and from then pottery remained a big part of his life.

In 1920 Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada set up the Leach Pottery in St Ives in Cornwall. Throughout Bernard Leach’s life he had inspired many with the books which held all his learning’s, such as The Potters Book first published in 1940, which was regarded as the potters bible, and The Potters Challenge 1976.

He wanted to bring to Britain a Harmony in pottery which he had learned in the Far East, due to craftsmanship being in decline at the time in Britain. He travelled to Japan many times throughout his life and he gained a reputation as a potter around the world, this is when his talents as a writer and a draughtsman were overlooked “No one who knew him could remain unaffected by his enthusiasm as an artist and a communicator”.

Bernard had two sons, David and Michael who later became potters and now continue their father’s legacy.

Bernard Leach signature .

Leach bottle vase.

Bernard Leach covered pot.

I love Bernard Leach, he is such an inspiring potter.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

"Granny Crockery" - Kate O'Connell

So, recently i discovered an artist called Kate O'Connell,
her ceramics was in Ceramic Review a few months ago.

I really like the way she takes useless pieces of smashed plates, and makes them functional.
I find the contrast of traditional plates such as the Willow pattern, and the modern quirkiness of the colours and sharp edges.

Although i don't condone smashing up plates, (on purpose).
i love the fact she has still managed to keep them functional.
Kate O'Connell also hand makes the bigger plates,by taking a piece of plate that has thoughtfully smashed into a graceful shape, and copies the shape to make it bigger and of course functional.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Lovely Porcelain!

I have been very busy lately, i've been selling my crocheted products and getting my university work sorted, i'm going to take this opportunity to show you what i've been making.
i've been working alot with texture recently.

This is porcelain clay, thats been rolled out really thinly,
and put in a mould to get the clay to take a vessel form, i've also added a foot ring to give the vessel some height. i've also been experimenting with underglaze colours, which are really interesting, if you want to add some colour without actually glazing, i think porcelain looks really lovely and has a nice feel when its fired really high, so my plan is to not add much colour, i want to keep it as simple as possible, i really like the torn edges i think it makes it look unique and interesting.

I bought these Underglaze colours last year sometime and i've finally put them to good use
i think they are so nice to use, and give amazing affects especially on textured ceramics.

Underglaze on textures Porcelain.

My Tutor at university shown me how to get porcelain paper thin and apparently the clay will turn translucent when its fired which i'm really excited to see, i started to really play around with really thin porcelain, i think porcelain clay is really lovely to handle, and its so attractive, once its fired, you find yourself not wanting to take the natural beauty away from the clay by adding glazes.

i'm excited to get some more vessels made tomorrow, and to play with porcelain and texture abit more!


Monday, 21 September 2009

"For the moons shining high and the dew is wet and on the mossy moors they're dancing yet"

Hello! i havnt blogged for a while, so i think i better get back into the swing of things!

I've been on holiday for a week, i went to St Ives which i loved! it is such an inspiring place, here are some pictures:

This is the sunset i could of sat there watching it forever.

This is the town, it was such a small place i wish i lived there!
one day maybe.

This is the harbor it was just outside our door.

Whilst in St Ives i visited the Tate, Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach Studio, i did lots of drawing, and me and my family also went crabbing it was so much fun, and i lost a few crabs because of my excitement, but after a while i found myself getting a bit competitive!

This is The Tate-St Ives

They did all go back into the water! we watched them drift off into the sea as we waved bye!

I Loved the Bernard Leach Studio, it was so good and interesting, he was a fantastic potter, and gentleman!
This is Lands End it was a lovely place, there was a doctor who exhibition and all sorts of fun activities and pretty views, (the ice cream was good too!)

so i'm now back and ready to go back to university with my sketch book full of inspiration,
i cant wait!

Friday, 28 August 2009

Presents, Presents!.... and more making,

I Think the 26th of August should be National Wool Day!
I was given all this wool by my wonderful nan and work colleague Shelia.. I was so excited.
My nan also gave me these crochet hook to add to my collection..... One can never have to many crochet hooks!

It looks as attractive closed 

Hope you like it! :)

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Dont mess with the nutcrackers....there is a whole army!

So, I started dancing when i was about 5 and i gave it up when i was 16, The first ballet I saw was The Nutcracker, and ever since i saw it, i've loved nutcracker's.

Today i was in work and i was pricing christmas....yes christmas in August!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was just pricing baubles until i came across these...... 

I had a lot of fun pricing this little army of nutcrackers...i might have to treat myself to some when they are out on the shelves.

I also came across this lovely paper, it was wrapped around some father christmases.
it feels like material and it has little spots on it...i'm sure Ill find a use for it.

That was my very busy day at work! 
it was a very good day!

Friday, 21 August 2009

"And he pushed, and they flew."

As promised, here are some pictures of the teddies i crocheted, i hope you like them.


I really do have fairies at the end of the garden!



Mr Bumblebee swinging happily in my dads car.

Koala bear.


I have also been making bows:

I'm also in love with this tartan material i made a case for my crochet hooks.

I have also come across this poem today:
Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It's too high!
Come to the edge!
And they came,
and he pushed,
and they flew. 
-- Christopher Logue

It made me smile, hope it makes you smile too!


Thursday, 20 August 2009


A lovely surprise came through the door today, it was this months ceramic review...
Thanks mr postman! :)

i get so excited when its time for a new issue, here are some pieces of work i find completely inspiring:

Herend Porcelain: Herend in Hungary is most famous for its long tradition of manufacturing fine porcelain. It was founded in 1826 and its one of the largest ceramic factories in the world, specialising in luxury hand painted and gilded vessels and figurative forms.

This is "Herend Porcelain" tableware
oooo so vintage and gorgeous. 

These are "Herend Porcelain" i love all the colours and the contrast between the colours and the gold lustre, and they are so fun!

Richard Batterham.

I really like the glazes on these vessels,
they are so earthy.

Just to add: these are my crochering book,
They are wonderful, ill put some pictures up of my little crocheted animals, tomorrow maybe.