botanicals: freesia

Started off the botanical series with a commissioned freesia design bowl… I really like the sharpness of the design and the colours stand out well. Think this will become a staple of the repertoire. I like working to other people’s design briefs – it makes you sit and think and actually go through the design process in a more focused way. Must be my institutionalised design studio head…

Some preliminary drawing work – you can see the freesia outline design hiding behind the bluebells (they’re next up for immortalisation):
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Raw unfired illustrated cup, using a combination of slips, underglazes and sgraffito marks:freesia cupBisque-fired bowl, ready to be glazed – here the colours start to show more true:freesia bisque

Final glazed version of the bowl:

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Botanicals: blossom


blossom glazed

Starting to explore more botanical ideas on my illustrated earthenware. Just enjoying picking up on what’s around me as I walk around the studio, it may be in Barton Hill but there are still loads of spring blossom trees and other inspirations… this is a little apple blossom journey that turned into a couple of mini espresso cups and will be rolled out onto bowls etc if the design works well after glazing…

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Pots in disparate styles

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Very tardy in my uploading…. this is all the experimenting I did last term with some new styles and glazes.  Pleased with some of them and some I will develop further I think… Planning some blue and white majolica for this term with a peacock design as a move on from swirly florals. Oranges, as you can see from previous post, have been pushed on to include many other fruits… Loving the blue metallic effect but that may have been an accidental triumph as it should have been dark blue as far as I can remember!

The fruit series….

cherry pot

…well, pottery has been a productive heave-ho today. always late. always hurrying. always have a million ideas and not enough time – I need a tardis spacer to make 3 hours stretch into an eternal pottery studio moment… Anyway, back to reality. Excitingly, I’ve been invited to produce a collection of pots to display in the folkhouse vitrines by mid-Feb. So… I’m working quickly (naturally) on getting as many ideas onto clay as possible – the first set is a build on my Christmas pot series of oranges and flowers.

Fruit… there will eventually be oranges, lemons, grapes, cherries, watermelon and peapods ( not exactly fruit but such a satisfying shape to draw ).  So here’s a taste of the first few, all ready to get their first firing.

orange pot

grape pot

lemon pot

peapods

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All ready for market…

Everything ready to go for the market on Saturday… flights of wall swallows; owls and owlets; snowflakes and Japanese waterlilies…. click a snap to start the slideshow.

And yes, it’s all for sale!

Pottery from the past year…

So, I’ve finally managed to get around to photographing all the little collections of pots I’ve been gleefully taking home with me over the past year… Most of them are in happy use in my kitchen!

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Taken on my kitchen windowsill with some beautiful Nepali lokhta paper as a ground.