While still dreaming of a rigid heddle loom, I had a taste of weaving tonight with an improvised loom (sticks provided by Lucy Patootee). It looks like a cute fairy loom, doesn’t it?
I’m also experimenting with underglazes, I hope to achieve better results this time. I love working with these palettes.
I failed the driving test yesterday, so today, I thought I would do something special, something you can hardly do without a car : visit a place hard to reach by bus. I took the one single daily bus (which was 20 mn late) with Dear Lucy Patootee and we walked all the way back (2 hours). We were delighted. Although for different reasons (she enjoys the ditch along the road, I enjoy the landscape). I’m less upset than yesterday. And beside, my beloved is making a cheesecake.
I’ve been working with clay lately, I’m having such a great time. I like working directly on molds to create a negative image, it’s a bit of a surprise when after it’s fired, I can use it for the first time.
Two Plates (or tiles):
And a work in progress. I want to try a “cloisonné” technique. This is a mold, so it will of course be inverted. The edges will be raised and will form some sorts of little pools where different colored glazes will melt. I am SO curious about the results!
I am very pleased with the results of my glaze firing. Not so pleased with the pictures but they will have to do. These are my two lanterns:
The lady bears a striking resemblance to… me, even I have to admit. She is Melusine, the French Faery, although not your ordinary faery, she’s more of a “Vouivre”, a dragoness. I love her for many reasons, but foremost because she’s a builder. The legend says she built many castles. She is extremely creative.
The Yulenisse is the local, Norwegian, Christmas elf. He looks more like a gnome to me but mainly he reminds me of Morozko, my dear Father Frost.
This time, I actually used very few glazes, it’s mostly underglazes (I like the matte powdery effect) and glazes only on some very restricted areas. I think I found the right balance. I am pleased.
I’m a fan of Christmas decoration, I’m so addicted that almost everything I buy for Christmas stays up all year round. Until now, I had an optic fiber tree but alas, it stopped working and now is not a good time to buy another one. I looked longingly at the ceramic Julenisser on the shop shelves, the Scandinavian pixie of Christmas (it is he who brings presents) and sighed. Until I thought… hold on a minute, I have clay, I have a kiln, why not make my own Christmas decorations? So here is my first Julenisse:
And he’s of course a lantern. I made another lantern in the spirit of Yule :
She’s an Hearth Goddess, protector of the Home and she’s also a builder, her name is Melusine. She will be holding in her hands a sun and some stars.
Now, I just have to let them dry, and fire them. Then I’ll paint them with glazes. I hope I’ll find the right way of doing it, I’ve been so disappointed by glazes. But I’m being unfair.
The weather has been cold and rough and although it’s a comfortable 21 degrees in the house, a certain little princess needs extra cosiness. So, I found a new trick: a hot water bottle under a quilt, and here she is, totally blissful:
I fired at last a few little things before leaving for France in a couple of days. Gosh, I miss working with ceramic, but my time is devoted to a new painting at the moment and each painting takes a huge amount of my time. But that’s allright, because painting is after all my favourite medium. I wish days were longer, to accommodate all my passions. I’ve also been very busy with studying for my driving license – the theory part . I disliked so much the subject and the way the questions in the tests format you to a certain way of thinking I was convinced I had very little chance of succeeding because of who I am. Well, well… I might have overdone it a bit because not only I succeeded but I also made 0 mistakes which was unheard of – until me – in this commune. It truly sounded like an elaborate gag. I’m afraid I’m now totally formatted. BUT I passed!
I can’t say I like much the bowls I make, it’s just not the same without a potter’s wheel. Here is a bowl for Lucy (although she still prefers eating from our hands):
Potter’s Choice Arctic Blue over Dark Green
And another little one for … whatever:
Potter’s Choice Oatmeal over Smokey Merlot.
And a mysterious atmosphere:
And a few photos of my hand-dyed silk, just because it’s so beautiful: