Category Archives: fresh from the kiln
It was an exciting day opening the kiln last week, I couldn’t wait to see how my new glazes had turned out. As well as some new coloured glazes I also now have a new transparent top coat glaze which gives a lovely shiny look and feel.
I like playing around with contrasting surfaces – Such as the textured & matt leaves against the smooth & shiny body of this new Tall Glimmer Vase with Raised Leaves.
I am completely in love with this new dandelion vase… So much so that I haven’t brought myself to sell it as yet. I think I’ll keep this one for myself and try out some others soon. Just need someone to buy me some flowers to put in it though!
There have been lots of new additions to the bowls section on my website. Feel free to have a browse and see if there’s anything you like. As well as making fresh new additions to the home, all of my ceramic pieces make ideal gifts for birthdays, weddings and house warming presents.
With the dedicated garden section on my website, your garden won’t feel left out this summer. From plant markers, wall planters, ornamental pots and hanging decorations, you are sure to find something to add a bit of character to your garden. These two wind chimes above are new to my website this week.
You will find lots of new vase designs added to my range too, including the popular Sea Line and Sky Line designs above.
My favourite of the new bowls is the Seaside Bowl above, with impressed shell designs and a striking pool of melted blue glass in the base it makes a very attractive piece.
Which is your favourite?
Wow, another post full of fresh new work. I hope you like it!
I was particularly pleased with the surface decoration of this Natural Seashore Bowl above, oxides have been used to highlight the textures perfectly. This bowl is quite large, approx 30cm in length and it has a pooled area of my ‘signature’ melted glass in the centre which has added an element of depth.
This snapshot of vases is part of a new rustic collection. You will find similar shapes and designs available in the vases section on my website. My favourite is the tall vase at the back with navy pine leaves engraved onto the surface.
Back by popular demand, a brand new selection of collectable mini ceramic art landscapes (also known as ACEO’s), complete with mini wooden easel for display. I never make the same design twice, making each piece completely unique.
This new beast was fired beautifully, I love the tree bark texture trailing around the exterior of the planter. It has a bumpy surface, so this piece is very tactile. This ”Tree Trunk Planter‘, like many of my pieces, is suitable for use outdoors as well as in the home.
Is that the time? …time for tea and cake
I enjoyed playing around with impressing a sheet of lace into this navy clock above, it has created a lovely elegant pattern. Even now I still love experimenting and trying new things, it makes working more excitable! Dandelions seem to be cropping up on more and more pieces of my work, the latest being this Dandelion Clock.
And also a wavy dandelion dish! The edges of the bowl are wavy to give the impression of a flower head.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my tour of new pieces. Which has been your favourite? I would love to hear your comments
If you missed Part 1 of this months ‘Fresh From The Kiln’ series, you can view it here!
I’m enjoying sorting out the pots in the garden recently, I think that’s what has given me the inspiration to make more pieces suitable for outdoors. Especially now summer is fast approaching, it’s time to start making the garden look nice ready for barbecue’s on (hopefully) warmer days! This textured turquoise planter is suitable for the garden but would also look lovely displayed on a window-sill in the home.
One of my favourites – this blue lily pond flowers dish is a pretty little new addition to my collection.
I enjoy making these panelled hangings, they look great hung up in a hall way. This oak wall hanging is a new design and is limited addition – only one available!
Another one of my favourites, a set of new dandelion coasters.
And last but not least, sorry about the poor photography… I LOVE this new landscape clock. A combination of different glazes and textures have been used to create the fields and sky. All of my clocks come complete with the required battery so they are ready to hang up straight away.
Hope you’ve enjoyed part 2 of this months ‘Fresh from the Kiln‘ series, come back tomorrow for part 3!
A few weeks ago I was playing around with the idea of a new ceramic wall planter in sketch form. It’s a great feeling now that a finished design has been made! My brand new ceramic wall planters will look lovely in the garden for summer, especially all lined up in a row. I will be making plenty more of these over the next few weeks as I only have 3 left at the moment.
Remember my first bonsai bowl designs? Here’s a new bonsai bowl with one of the same designs hand engraved into the surface. This bowl is more of a natural colour rather than pure white, and has glimmering patches of turquoise glaze to emphasize the leaves of the tree.
I had a request from one of my favourite customers who wanted a custom made soap dish and toothbrush holder for her new bathroom a couple of months ago. Here are the finished pieces above. Thankfully the customer was pleased with them (I always get nervous with custom orders!), and she said they reminded her of the sea.
My leaf bowl designs are building up now, and with the leaves on the trees turning green for summer I thought it quite apt to show you this new Botanical Leaf Bowl with Plum Centre. The melted plum coloured glass in the centre is what makes this dish stand out, and it would look lovely filled with little trinkets, or could be used to hold keys, as a couple of usage examples.
This tall cream squared vase has a gorgeous natural pattern impressed into the surface and really sets off a colourful bunch of flowers. This vase/vessel was hand built by hand and would match any décor due to it’s muted colours.
Another recent customer request was a bird bath for their garden. The one I made above has three little feet underneath that it rests on. I also added a subtle touch of detail to the rim – if you look closely, you might spot the imprint of two little bird prints. Looking forward to seeing some photography from the customer with some birds bathing in it soon… hopefully!
Part 2 of April’s ‘fresh from the kiln’ series will be posted tomorrow!
I had another pleasant surprise opening the kiln this week, with no ‘happy accidents!’ It has felt good finishing off custom orders and getting lots of pieces fired over the last few weeks, but there is still a mountain of work piling up ready to be fired in the new kiln. The new kiln is being delivered in just over a week now, I am sooo excited to finally see it installed!
Fresh from the kiln this week is this pair of Landscape Stacking Bowls with matching surface design, colour and areas of melted glass. They could be displayed ‘stacked’, or separately as shown above. I like the effect of the dark colours, making these bowls appear as statement pieces.
It’s someone’s birthday coming up! One of my latest custom orders was for three of my ceramic gift tags, each with ‘happy birthday’ engraved. I wonder what gifts they will be used to decorate?
One of my latest orders for a personalised heart plaque included a date at the bottom. This is the first plaque I’ve made with a date on it – I think it is the date that the couple were married, isn’t it lovely?
And last but not least… I couldn’t share a post without dandelions
Which is your favourite?
Not long to go until the arrival of my new kiln, I’m so excited! In the meantime I’ve been busy using my old kiln to fire orders and other bits and pieces. I’ll still use the old kiln for smaller items but it will be great to be able to fire some more large sculptural pieces and larger batches of work again in a bigger kiln.
Here are some new leaf bowls ~ available in the shop on my website as Rustic Maple Leaf Bowl and Rustic Botanical Leaf Dish. I love the combination of deep colours and the shiny pools of melted glass.
If you haven’t got your Mothers Day gift sorted yet, take your pick from a selection of new love heart bowls, they make perfect soap dishes and are also ideal for holding jewellery, other trinkets or tea light candles.
I hadn’t made any of my usual wavy edged bowls for a while and they all seem to be selling out, so I’ve got plenty more lined up to be fired in the new kiln. Here are a couple of new ones below. I think the close up detail would make a nice framed print!
Hope you’ve enjoyed some of my new bowls, check back this week for some new sets of coasters and hanging decorations!
A few weeks ago I showed you some photos of a few ‘panels’ in progress (if you missed that post you can revisit it here). I have finally gotten around to glazing and firing one of the panels, which is this ‘Cowslip Meadow’ Decorative Panel ~ What do you think? I love the defined engraved markings and I think the little speckles of glass really finish this piece off. It would look stunning displayed in any room of the house as a feature piece, or even on a window sill. The panel comes complete with a clear acrylic display stand to enable it to be displayed standing up. I couldn’t decide whether or not to keep this piece for myself as it is so pretty and it is also one of the first I have made! I’m looking forward to seeing how the other panel will turn out. I might try a different glaze effect to see how the two contrasting panels look side by side. This Cowslip Meadow panel is available on my website (link above), and like many of my pieces, it is a unique one-off so there is only one!
These coasters would make a great wedding gift for the bride and groom, or even displayed on the tables as tabletop accessories at a wedding or party.
The ‘Beside The Sea’ Ceramic Bowl above is my favourite item fresh out of the kiln this week. The colours are so vivid and it reminds me of the seaside.
Dandelion Mini Ceramic Art. This mini art complete with easel is another pretty piece. The seeds from the dandelion are being blown away with the wind…
The texture of this Blue Decorative Mini Vessel was created by rolling the soft clay onto a mould of tree bark.
And last but not least ~ Meadow of Dandelions Round Cream Bowl
I hope you have enjoyed my latest collection. All of these new pieces are available on my website. Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear what you think!
A few new bowls and vases fresh from the kiln and added to my website this week…
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Hope you like my latest pieces! Have a lovely weekend x
Following on from some of my dandelion designs on bowls, here are a few on vases, I’m really pleased with them. Each are indivually handmade and although the forms of the vases above are the same, each one is decorated differently, no two are ever the same.
This set of six magnets below would brighten up a fridge or any other magnetic surface, and with the lovely engraved words, they are bound to put a smile on everyones faces!
Here are a set of 8 coasters featuring my pine tree design, that were ordered a couple of weeks ago by a customer in Scotland. I only had a set of 2 in stock, so I enjoyed making some more. I love the natural look to them, they would look gorgoeous outside on a garden table too.
I’ll be churning out lots of new pieces this week, so pop back for some updates from the workshop and some sneak peaks of work in progress!
I’ve also been featured by Laura of Cards and Candles For All Occasions this week, so if you fancy reading more about me check out her blog here