Beautiful new porcelain ware

Well, I never thought I’d do this, but I’m adding another new string to the bow – to get around the problem of creating greater intricacy on my illustrated pieces I have started to produce hand-applied transfer ware in my studio.  It’s a revelation to have perfect reproductions (or at least when the firings work…!) of my drawings and paintings on porcelain. It works on both stock porcelain and handthrown ware, I have found. So, it can have a more handcrafted feel incorporating hand painting and throwing or a more conventional feel which has its own appeal.

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Tea Towels are all go!

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Wow, no sooner had I written up the post yesterday about my tea towel experiment being underway, than the very things arrived at my studio…. in an enormous box.  Yikes – I did wonder if I might use them to manufacture endless bedlinen/construct a home/sail across the seven seas as there seemed to be so many of them. But I’m warming to them.

Enjoyed packaging the first few up for sale at The Little Shop in Bristol’s vibrant Stokes Croft arty quarter this morning… and, even better, getting one home to try out 🙂

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Branching out…

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Well, much as I am enamoured of the ceramics world… I’ve taken a step into the unknown and started a collection of illustrated tea towels, carrying my original designs, in time for the Christmas market season.

Very excited about this – my stock is due to arrive from Bryan Franks next week and then I will be getting busy packaging them in the pretty wrappers I’ve been designing ready for the first market of the winter – Stroud Farmers’ market on the 1st November.  Going to have to find some suitably placed aga and do a photo shoot of my new products when they get in… hoping they live up to my expectations!

Below are jpegs of the 3 designs currently in production: Peacock Textile; Harvest Swifts and Squirrels and What the Blackbird Saw… all designs ©As the Crow Flies.
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Peacock platters

The genesis of a new design… challenged by a friend for a private commision, I was asked to place a favourite painting – my bright peacock – on a serving platter as a special 40th birthday present.  Tricksy… I’ve never made transfer ware before but the result is eye-catching, especially when teamed with hand painted and sgraffitoed edgings. Think I’ll be making more of these little numbers!peacock platter pairFinished articles.

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Transfer placement on the twice fired earthen ware platter.

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The original peacock painting.

peacock plate 1Platters; Hand decorated and bisque fired and waiting for glaze and peacocks.

Botanicals: thistles bespoke

 

 

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The prickly Scottish thistle. A fine prickly challenge… and pleased with the results too. Part of a commissioned body of work, a pair of personalised thistle bowls emerged from the kiln a couple of days back. This was their process: A starting sketch, mainly just out of my imagination after scanning through some photos and vintage wallpaper designs. I find it’s better to draw without pictures for direct reference – a more personal interpretation can be more satisfying. After all, it’s what is signified in my mind that matters as I am aiming for decoration and essence rather than photorealism.

thistle sketch 2The idea is then sketched straight onto the slip painted earthenware, using a build up of coloured underglaze layers…

thistle painted…and then the image is defined by picking out sharply contrasting sgraffito lines, below.

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The finished items, you can see the personalisation in the final picture – this was part of a commission for a family of bowls. A lot of good fun work.

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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!

Virginia take me home

Feeling very pleased, the buttons are in diaspora! Some of my vintage oxide letterpress buttons have recently migrated to Virginia in the U S of A to be made into delicious crochet things by the beautiful Lindsey….

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So pleased they have been put to good use and taken on a creative journey to be used collaboratively with another maker… That hat! I think we should go into business together…

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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!

A bit of a catch up…

So, As the Crow Flies had a fairly busy year for stalls – I say busy, that only means about 5 since last Christmas season but here are a few pics of the past year, as I haven’t posted anything new for while…

Above: Redland Green Christmas fair.  Below:  Windmill Hill Farm Fair.

I’m excited about the new owl brooches!! They sold really well over summer so busy trying to make more before I miss the Christmas bus 🙂

Above: mini stall at Montpelier summer fair.  Below: workspace in my studio at home.