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Ta-da!!! In all its finished glory. From a sketch dreamed up in lock-down, and based on the shoulder blade of sheep, found on a Pennine Way walk via a few false starts, here is the final piece. I made this at the ‘Go big or go home’ challenge set by Geoff Cox in June 2022. The challenge was to use 4 bags (50 kilos) of clay. I used 3. It dried very slowly, and I got side-tracked, finally firing this month. The finish evokes the peat and lichens of the Peaks.
Showtime! I have 3 Fairs coming up, a Christmas shop, and a gallery restock or 2 in the next few weeks. (See events). I’ve been busy ‘in the pit’ and have some lovely new pieces, ranging from large ‘votive’ bowl to Christmas decorations.
Drumroll! And here are the finished sculptures. I couldn’t be happier with the results of my first large scale peices. Looking forward to colouring the triangular form.
Busy preparation for the Autumn/winter series of Shows coming up… Porcelain and stoneware destined for pit firing.
Some large sculptures. The first of these, entitled Wing and based on a shoulder blade, was made at a 3 day sculpture event in Penrith in July with the Northern Potters Association. The two that are coloured were produced at a Brendan Hesmondhalgh workshop a while ago, but it took until this July to do the colouring. They are all still in the firing process.
Such a lot of work this past month! Raku, pit fired, wood fired and a large sculpture challenge – still in progress.
Upcoming show! I joined the Peak District Artisans in March, and am taking part in a joint show in Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, DE6 2BD, as part of Derbyshire Open Arts (28-30 May – I’m not listed as this was a bit last minute!). After a short break, I’m back on the wheel, getting ready for this and for Bonsall Arts Trail in June, (held over since 2020!).
April began with the Sheffield Ceramics Festival. It’s always lovely to see old friends and new faces at the first show of the year. And I’m pleased with the display banner designed for me by Jill Riley, potter and designer!
More glaze tests, and working on a round form. As well as successes, there are sometimes ‘epic fails’!
I had two successful pit fires as well, one with friends.
Some interesting results, and more glaze tests…
Lots of development work going on, not much to show yet! I’m working on a new range with a water theme so am busily trying new glazes and suface manipluation methods.