Two Bowls

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):

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Potter’s Choice Arctic Blue over Dark Green

And another little one for … whatever:

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Potter’s Choice Oatmeal over Smokey Merlot.

And a mysterious atmosphere:

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And a few photos of my hand-dyed silk, just because it’s so beautiful:

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More Glaze Experimentation

This time, I wanted to see if the patterns painted with underglazes would show up under the semi-transparent Opalescent glaze and it did to some extent, but not quite enough. I left unglazed some of the figures on the tile and this, I like very much.Next time, I’ll try to leave more parts unglazed, the trick is to know which ones and in which proportions. I kind of like the powdery aspect of the underglazes.

Unglazed:

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The same tile glazed over with Opalescent glazes:

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My favourite old camera is now out of order, any battery I put inside just last ten minuts. I’ll have to use from now on my very disappointing Canon 60D, shame, shame, shame. Ideally, I’d like to buy a new Canon S3IS but it’s not going to happen before a while.
I made a few corrections to my recent glazed items with some oils and I’m ok with the results. Just ok. I need to experiment again and again.

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Opalescent Glazes over Velvet underglazes

I’m not sure I like glossy glazes on my bas reliefs, I think it’d work better with some matte glazes but unfortunately, most commercial matte glazes don’t inspire me. I think I know now more or less in which direction I want to go. My head is brimming with new ideas.

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Troll

I have been experimenting with oils on ceramic but I’m looking forward to trying my new Amaco Opalescent glazes on the Cernunnos tiles. I also did some gilding for the first time and loved it:
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Some of my Opalescent tests:
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Meanwhile, here’s a troll:
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She looks nice, doesn’t she?
And here’s miss Lucy in her pancake position, chilling out in the sun (her fur is so much longer now):
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Oils on Ceramic

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I finished painting a few brooches with oils, and I like them. I say brooches, but actually they could also work as pendants, or even glued on furniture or on a wall as decorative accents.

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And my favourite:

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I won’t sell those, I will wear them or give them as presents. But when I come back from France, I’ll make more.

I also started a new diorama and this is a work in progress, there’ll be many other layers:

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I think if you want to enjoy a meal at this table, you’d better bring a hot water bottle.