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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Frog Princess and the first bisque-firing of the year!

This morning, Mike and I took our dogs to Post office to send Frog Princess mask to a lovely lady in France. It was a bright nice wintry day. We enjoyed walking together! Although there are so many sellers on Etsy, I was only one who was listing a work called Frog Princess on it! I am so grateful to those who share my quirky taste in art!

Frog Princess - sold

I did the first firing of the year yesterday. As there was not enough height to add the third shelf, I had to crammed the top shelf. A Tokyo commuting train came to my mind! :D

Lower shelf

Top shelf. 
I'm pleased to say the firing went well. Here are some of bisque on my shelf in the studio. They are classified according to glazes.

Bisque on my shelf 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Tapir line-up vs whippet line-up.

Hello! Wintry weather has set in. It is not too cold in comparison with other parts of the world, but the grey days have continued. Yet, I feel spring is not very far off. Daytime is getting longer; I can now walk the dogs one hour later in the afternoon than I did in December.

Tomorrow, I'm planning to do a bisque-firing. All those little ones in the previous post as well as several masks would be fired. I am also making tapir test pieces. I have made them in different ways to see which is the best method,

Are you in Tapir waiting list 2015? Once I have finished a few of them, I will make announcement of details, so please be patient.

A line-up for Tapirs! 
   This one has all toes. Sculpting toes was difficult.

They have a cute and funny round body shape without much distinction. Ears look spirited, though! I remade the ears several times to get them right. These unmatching pairs were discarded.  

In the meantime, whippets are also ready for firing! I used grogged semi-porcelain for them to get the most beautiful crackles on them. Oh, it was difficult! It was more like carving than building. You can see the right bottom one being carved.  

'We are also doing a line-up!' 

Did you notice the mini one? It's for fun! :D 
Pumpkin is not amused with the cold weather. One day she decided to 'dust' bath in fallen leaves as the ground has been saturated. 

'I like to keep my hygiene standard high!'
Everyone is waiting for spring! 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My studio shelf on a snowy day

We had a bit of snow today. I was hoping it would fall enough to take dogs to a field, but soon it became slushy. I cut a finger about five days ago. Since then I have restricted myself in contact with damp clay. This means I can't make new things. So I have planned and drawn plans for Ceramic Art London stand. I used to be an interior designer in Tokyo. So designing space is one of the things I'm good at. This time, I am going to design all stand fixtures and get them made by Mike although I will probably purchase a cabinet. Elevation plan is done. I am still thinking about small details. Like lots of things in design, small details matter!

Here is the blackbird who was feeding on chicken pellets in front of my studio window.


Blackbird - top
Hello rabbits! They did a line-up on my shelf.

We are bunnies! 
I have also made these cheerful ones!

Goat, lamb, piglet, rabbits and cat! 

Snow was pretty, but it didn't last.

Pearl, the whippet, needs pyjamas at night. Keep warm, everyone! 

I am supposed to be a fierce hunting dog! I can't be seen in this with my tail dong! 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Works on commissions

I have worked on three commissions this year, so far. The first one is a pair of whippets for a lovely lady, who lives with a blue whippet.  One is sitting up and another is lying with its head on paws. They will be bronze-gold glazed. 

If you would like a whippet with bronze-gold glaze, please contact me by email (in my website), Twitter or Facebook. Until I make some adjustments to the new batch of the glaze in late spring, I will only use the remaining old glaze for commissioned works. 



Large - sitting up

In the making 

The second one was a black cat. The lovely lady has sent me lots of photos so that I was able to feel what  her cat is like.  

I took some time to make her expression. She became a sweet cat just like the model. 


The third one is a sitting up greyhound for a lovely lady with two greyhounds. She will be glazed with clear crackle glaze. I used semi-porcelain, and I had to carve it out rather than building because the clay was either too wet or too dry. The result looks lovely and I'm happy with it. 

So far so good! I hope they will be successfully bisque-fired.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Three masks - three stories

My shelves in the studio are getting crowded. Since I finished the Christmas orders, I kept making little ones. But today I will share three masks I made last Sunday while I watched the march in Paris on TV.

None of them was premeditated before making. I listen to them, and they will appear. This has become a bear, or bear spirit. It must be from His Dark Materials that I read recently. I have thought about Iorek and Lyra a lot. And also about Polar Bears, stars and aurora. I hope she will tell me more about her soon.

Bear spirit
Next came Alice. I was going to make a girl, but it seems to me the Alice band and curly hair suggests that she is Alice herself! Alice is surprised at what's happening in Wonderland.


Although other two came naturally and quickly, this one was first an injured rabbit. He didn't like to be a rabbit. He was a bear.  I had been crying because I was moved by the march. I knew his name. He was Charlie.