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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Lots of works have gone to loving homes!

My studio life has become hectic. The day for the start of construction for my studio is decided; it's the 29th February. So I have a month before disruption will start. No rest for me until then!

Lots of sales have happened since the last post. Thank you so much! Here are some of them.

A girl with red shoes has gone to a lovely lady in the US. This work is based on a Japanese children's song, 'Akai kutsu' (Red shoes) written about 100 years ago. It is a poignant song. At that time, ordinary people wore traditional Japanese footwear, not shoes, let alone red shoes. It is about the girl, who was taken away to abroad by a foreigner.

Girl with red shoes

The Medieval Lady mask has gone to a lovely lady in the South East. I'm hoping to make more Medieval themed works in summer.  


The Medieval lady



As for animals, whippets are running off! :D The largest, the third from left, and far right are in my shop. All others have gone to loving homes! They make fantastic gifts for sighthound lovers!  
Three whippets are still available. 
At this time of the year, rabbits are also popular. First, this little chap has gone to a lovely stone carver, Jennifer Tetlow. She makes beautiful stone animals. Link at the bottom. 

He is living with a stone carver now. 

And this one has gone to a textile lady.
She went to a lovely textile designer,  Scotland, 
And this one has gone to a sweet lady in Japan. 





You haven't missed out yet! I have made more recently. Please check my shop!

Lots of rabbits

The first tapir porcelain spoon (top) has gone to a wonderful couple in Scotland. They are not only beautiful and sweet, but also usable; they has food safe glaze. Other two are in my shop.

Porcelain tapir spoons


The last and not the least is Wind swept owl who flew to Scotland on a stormy day! I will make more owls soon!
Wind swept owl

 Jennifer Tetlow: http://twitter.com/JenniferTetlow

Monday, 25 January 2016

Lots of tapirs, a whippet and an aardvark!

I have been busy posting new critters from the previous firing. Thanks to Royal Mail, all packets have been safely arriving.

There are lots of tapirs! Large, small and tiny. She is a large baby for a special lady.

Tapir baby
Tiny babies were all snapped up from my shop before I had a chance to tell you about them.

Tiny babies

Also a big family of tapirs have gone! All Large and Small tapirs are on commissions. I will list Tiny ones on Etsy when I make oorders. Next will be in early autumn.
A family of tapirs
I had also made one lying whippet for a lovely lady.

Whippet
Whippet

And here is Otto, the aardvark. A nice lady has commissioned me to make an aardvark. She loves them so much that she even went in their enclosure at the London Zoo on her birthday.  I have never met them in person but I liked their look. The lady is very pleased how he came out. How nice! He is a character!

Otto, the Aardvark
He is a character!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

From disaster to catastrophe, Mike observed



It has been a busy month so far, and no sign of slowing down yet. Bisque firing went well.


Bisque-firing top shelf

Bisque firing lower shelf
The glaze firing had mixed results. The clear glaze didn't flux, again. As a test, I dipped one spoon in a different clear glaze, which did well. So I am going to use the other clear glaze. It is frustrating when glazes don't do well in firings. I used to have fits when I used to make pots with glazes on!


Glaze-firing lower shelf

Tableware and all spoons didn't go well. Good news was that all animals were successful.  


Glaze-firing, top shelf

So that was Sunday lunch time. I also found Ice Baby, which should have been completed, didn't go well and has to be re-fired. So disappointing. Then I pulled myself together, and I started sanding the masks. Pieces of hair fell away as I touched them by mistake whilst sanding. Anytime that happened, I let a little shriek out. Mike in a next room, observed 'From disaster to catastrophe.' In the end, it took me a full two hours to repair the fallen bits. As I needed to fill the kiln, I made new spoons, too. This time, I painted black cats on them. That made me a bit cheerful! And all were re-bisque fired yesterday.

These hair is tricky! They tend to fall away with the slightest shock! 

The bisque firing went well, thankfully despite the cold weather. Now I am preparing for glaze-firing. Ceramics is such that it doesn't necessarily go as I planned. It makes me a very patient person.

Find Tapir! 
 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Happiness is in the studio



I have been busy in the studio: preparing for glaze-firing and making new work from morning to evening. As the day is short, I do all preparation for firing first to make the most of the daylight although it can be gloomy all day.

Here are a few pics of those ready for firing!

Antetare WIP

My first aardvark for a lovely lady. The model is Otto in London Zoo. 

Otto the aarvark -WIP

A  herd of tapirs! WIP

I have aslo added a couple of new works  in my shop.  A bronze glazed wren, a large crow and a whippet. Check them out!

Wren on my Etsy shop
Whippet - my Etsy shop


Large crow on my Etsy shop


And from my shop, Strawberry the rabbit, Crow, and Angel card have gone to loving homes this year. Thank you so much!




Strawberry -sold

Small crow -sold

Angel card - available 

 



Monday, 4 January 2016

Very happy 2016 to you!

I hope you had good holidays. Mike had 11 days leave and returned to work today. As for myself, there is no such things as leave or holidays. Even so, I took a few days off at Christmas (cooking and eating, and then recovering from the feast), and again about New Year Day (big cleaning and celebrating). I have also spent several days preparing for the Tax Return. I have been at PC for 7 hrs to reclassify expense entries. It was too long. I hurt my neck (dizzy) and broke the mouse (not clicking). Tax return is evil.

The bisque firing, which was the first firing after changing kiln elements, went beautifully on the 29th. Mike does always a good job. I am so glad to have married him! :D 

Kiln shelfies!


Left is lower shelf and right is top shelf.


Close-up on lower shelf

 Mike changed the elements. 



All came out beautifully!




Most of them are for commissions. 



They all await on the shelves to be glazed. (I'm working on them!) I am excited with the tapir tableware items. They are my first samples.