Sunday, 2 July 2017

Pots - series 5

For my fifth series of pots, I tried out a new shape: the jewellery box. Mine have the size of an egg, so maybe more of a ring box. It was very time-consuming to throw and I'm not keen on doing those again! We started with a cylinder, then closed it up to make like an egg, empty inside. At the leather-hard stage, we sliced it open and painstakingly try to make a lip for the lid to fit perfectly onto the base. Then glazing and firing as one unit so that they evolve the same way to maximise the fit. They came out of the kiln stuck, and gentle banging with a stone on the sides (protected by a fabric) easily separated them again.
Two egg boxes (two more to follow)
in: 3 x Late Owen blue
out: 3 x Misty blue

My usual "series of three"
3x glossy white
3-4x Late Owen blue

lid & inside: 3x Late Owen blue
outside: 2-3 new blue-black, then transparent

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Taste of watercolour

During our stay in Venice, we took a watercolour painting class! It was really interesting; very different from the acrylics I am using! 

We start by making a pencil drawing of the composition. We also add values (shading) that will be converted in colours.
The main difference for me was that the work with colours is in transparency. We do not 'block' the paper with the pigments, but rather do different layers of transparent colours. It's more like combining filters and light than opaque colours on a support (the light being the white of the paper). 
There is no black; the shading 'grey' is made by mixing the colour with its opposite colour in the colour wheel (for example shady red is red+green, making a brown-ish tainted with the original red colour).

The key things I learned were: 
1/ You need to use lots of water
2/ To make interesting marks or stains, you need to use lots of water
3/ Need erasing? No problem, just rub with water
4/ In doubt, put more water
5/ Water is the key

In action!

With Sébastien our teacher

Our view

First step - pencil drawing

With water, and colours

With more details

Red, Green, Venice

A selection of pictures we took in Venice. I loved the red & green colours!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pots - series 4

For my fourth series of pots, I aimed at being more 'daring' with the glazing. This ended up meaning that I used darker glazes. And again, I did not get the effect I was aiming for. This being said, I think I'm getting better at throwing interesting shapes.

2 x brownish-black glaze 2 x Owen blue and a rather thin stripe of red

I love the stunning blue on the inside ; shame it did not behave similarly outside...

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pots - series 3

This is my third series of pots. They are painstakingly getting a bit bigger.
Glazing is still the part where I feel the least confident, hence I'm making lots of pots in the same design... 
Also, I'm learning to throw lids!

2 x glossy white, 2 x glossy turquoise, and a thick band of iron oxide (which bubbled)
2 x matt turquoise - I love the speckles!