Monthly Archives: August 2011
I had an exciting email a few days ago telling me that my heart coasters had been featured in the ‘Asiana Wedding’ magazine. How exciting!
I’m so excited to finally have the full completed collection of my official merchandise designs for The Light Direction available on my website. It has been a fun and creative process, and I am so pleased with how my designs have turned out.
The ceramic beach hut hangings, magnets, pendants, brooches, plaques and mini art easels were made and influenced by the ‘Beside The Sea’ theme of The Light Direction novel. The melted turquoise glass has given the pieces a touch of the seaside, along with the impressions of shells and natural textural markings.
To find out more about each of the items I have made for The Light Direction, including photos of the stages of which they were made, please follow the following links:
To read my interview with Ces Creatively, author of The Light Direction, please click here. The interview includes lots of photos and information including how I felt about having one of my unique vases written into the printed novel, my thoughts behind The Light Direction and more on my background.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ces of The Light Direction for this fantastic opportunity – I look forward to working with you!
A few new bowls and vases fresh from the kiln and added to my website this week…
From left to right:
Hope you like my latest pieces! Have a lovely weekend x
I had to share my new hazel twig fence with you! I love it! It was so much fun, especially collecting the branches from the woods. My dad had made a fence in his garden and as soon as I saw it I had to make one too. The fences aren’t very practical, just ornamental and decorative, they add a really nice rustic look to your garden.
First we had to locate some hazelnut trees. In woodland areas you would probably be surprised at how many there are scattered all over. They are easy to spot – tall thin vertical branches with the odd leaves growing here and there. Make sure you take a little saw or some secateurs to cut the branches down – they are very strong!
If you can find any thicker branches these are good to use for the posts.
Pull off the leaves and cut off any jagged bits so that you are left with a pile of straight, clean wooden sticks. Begin by cutting the posts to size, taking into consideration the height you want your fence to be, and also plenty extra for the posts to be positioned in the ground. My fence was about 30cm high and I left about 15cm for the posts to go in the ground, so each post was 45cm tall.
Hammer the posts into the ground first. Depending on how hard or soft the ground is, they may be able to push in. The further down in the ground the posts are, the stronger the fence will be. The rest is easy and takes no time at all! Weave the hazel branches in and out of the posts. They are so strong that they stay in place by themselves. Once you’ve reached the top of the posts and are happy with the amount of branches, cut off any excess at the ends and use cable ties to tighten any areas that are a bit loose. I only had white cable ties but you can hardly notice them as they have been coloured in with black pen!
If you want to continue the fence at an angle, start again with more posts. Effective isn’t it?
Below are some other creative ideas I found using twigs and sticks. I will no doubt be trying all of these too!
3. Twig Frame
And look at this!! Hazel branch walls made in the same way. Amazing!
Congratulations to Lynda of Tilly & Rose ~ Your name was picked out of a hat this afternoon and the dandelion bowl in my competition is now yours!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered and for your kind comments. Be sure to check back soon for my next giveaway.
Come and visit me at this monthly handmade market on Saturday in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. I will be selling a selection of my ceramics alongside numerous other local designer/makers with their handmade products including cakes, textiles, jewellery, wood, glass and many more. For more details of the makers exhibiting this Saturday, please click here.
Hope to see you there!
Following the popularity of my mini ceramic art, I have been experimenting with some pieces on a larger scale this week. The Ceramic Landscape Art pictured above includes chunks of different coloured dried pieces of clay that were pressed into the surface of the panel when the clay was soft. This piece also features areas of my signature volcanic crater glaze, and coloured slips that have been applied to create a textural feel to the surface. The back of the ceramic panel has a similar decorative design so that it could be changed around. This panel comes complete with an acrylic display stand (pictured below) and can be displayed in a landscape or portrait position.
The panel above was fun to make and has quite an abstract look to it. I’m now working on some more ‘scenic’ panels that will be a little more simple and elegant.
Here’s some snippets of a couple of pieces in progress, yet to be glazed and fired. I’m not sure how they will be glazed as yet, but I will probably keep them looking natural and organic. I think they would make stunning features displayed in the home ~ Might keep one of these initial ones for myself!
I’ve also been working on some new pieces that I’m making for The Light Decoration as one of their official merchandise creators (read more about that here). Below are some of the brooches and magnets in progress that include a ‘Beside The Sea‘ theme. I’m also working on some beach huts, plaques, pendants and mini art for The Light Decoration novel series. I’ve been waiting to get these fired for a couple of weeks now, but waiting on a new element for my kiln to be delivered is taking longer than expected. Hopefully it should arrive on Monday!
On top of all of that (as well as trying to make the most of the sunshine), I sent a batch of items to a new shop in Derby called Pretty Things this week. The shop only opened on Monday, but they have a huge array of ‘pretty’ items on display – if you are in the area why not pay them a visit?
35 Market Hall
It’s been a while since Molly appeared on my blog! Here are some recent photos…
Love this one, shame it’s blurry… Being a cat is a hard life!
It’s hard to believe Molly was this tiny 2 years ago!
The main reason for this post is to let you know about the competition Molly has been entered in on the Royal Canin site. At the time of writing this, she is currently in 5th place and it would be fantastic to see her reach 1st place – if she does she will win a years supply of cat food! Please vote for Molly and spread the word to help her be the champion!! Every single vote is a big help. I (and Molly!) would be extremely grateful if you could! (It only takes a minute) Thank you! x
It’s been photography mad here over the past week! We have been experimenting with Daves Digital SLR, which has worked wonders on the product photography for my ceramics. Dave is now my new official photographer, and has enjoyed taking shots of almost everything! We went for a walk along the canal last weekend and got some great shots. Here are just a few of my favourites that he has taken… aren’t they beautiful?
Which photograph is your favourite?