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Friday, 15 August 2014

New works available in Cecilia Colman Gallery

How was your week? I have had tight head for almost a week now. Monday, I stayed in the bed, and then afterwards, it became more tolerable, but still miserable. Today, after lunch I went to London to deliver my work to Cecilia Colman Gallery. I thought the one thing I can still do with the tight head is delivering works!

Cecilia Colman Gallery is in St John's wood high street, a leafy area of north west London.

Large Duchess of Noisette (about 19cm tall 15cm wide)

Duchess of Noisette - Large

Here is the comparison with the medium size. Although they have similar style, the characters come out differently, as you can see.

Medium (left) and large Duchess of Noisette
Three angels are available there, too.

They also stock my larger bronze-gold whippets and rabbits. Please do pop in, if you are in London!

Cecilia Colman Gallery:  http://www.ceciliacolmangallery.com/

Monday, 11 August 2014

Super Moon and super firing.

We had some friends around for a Japanese lunch yesterday. We had a fun afternoon. And they are animal lovers. They met all our animal family, except for Beaper who is too scared of staircases to fly downstairs.

I'm having an off day today. I have had headache, so I have been in the bed for the most of the day. Good news is that my last refiring went well; I have completed all orders. Happy! So this is a good time for me to get a bit of headache and have a rest! :D

Three large lying whippets are going to Cecilia Colman Gallery, London. All other bronze-gold whippets are spoken for. They came out so beautifully. I was delighted to see them in the kiln!

Bronze-gold whippets
 A couple of chickens came out nicely. The largest and the smallest ones were snatched up quickly within 15 minutes of listing. Chickens were sold out! Thank you so much. : )  The middle one will get another firing. Needless to say, Pumpkin, the chicken, is our model.

Little chickens.

'Hmm, can we eat daisy?'

Last night was the Super Moon. It was big and bright. We saw it from the garden. I soaked up the lunar power. If I hadn't had headache, I would have made a few rabbits, and would have danced under the moon beam. 

Super Moon  11/08/2014

Monday, 4 August 2014

A little chicken is hiding under an anteater!

Today, I did the second glaze-firing in four days. The bisque firing went well, thankfully. I then spent the next 4 days glazing. The first glaze-firing was all white rabbits. They are relatively straight forward. But it took me 4 hours to do one shelf!

Two rabbits from left are spoken for. Others will hit midoritakaki on Etsy soon! 

They will go to the Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
In today's firing, there are two shelves.  Mysteriously the black things are bronze-gold whippets. This glaze is made of lots of metal oxides. Hence they carry a higher price tag than those with other glazes. Application is also very messy. I need to place them very carefully in the kiln so that any dust doesn't fly onto other works.

On the upper shelf, there are several refirings.

Have you noticed the anteater and chickens? The little chicken is squatting under the anteater's long mouth! :D  The kiln will be opened tomorrow morning, I hope they will come out nice! : )

Anteater, monkeys and chickens! 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Were-rabbits and Whitstable Oyster festival

How was your weekend? I had another productive weekend. I made two giant rabbits, were-rabbits. You can see how large they are in comparison with my ordinary large rabbit in the third photo! When I added eyes to the taller one last night, I burst into laughing because he looks so goofy! They will be going to Cecilia Colman Gallery, London.  If you are interested in a giant one, please let me know. I can make any size as far as it fits into my kiln. :D These two should be about 15.5-16.5 cm tall after firing.


We are goofy giants. 

Hello my giant cousin! 

Sunday morning, Mike and I popped into the next town, Whitstable to see my friend, Angela Malone's exhibition. She is showing her work with three artists. Her drawings are beautiful and sensitive. We enjoyed the visit.

It was also in the middle of the Oyster festival in Whitstable. We had a good stroll.

A full of cuties

A doggie dress with a canary belt, anyone? 
Talking of doggies, there are always lots of dogs in Whitstable. 

This greyhound was sad because his mistress was trying on lots of hats. He wanted to go home and sleep! 

This border terrier was looking up his mistress eating crepe, later on.

This shop had a queue for oysters. Whitsatble is famous for oysters!

Oyster bar!

At seafront, I saw this lovely neat bonsai rock garden.

Are you tempted now? Whitstable is about 15 minutes by car from Canterbury. The sea is usually grey due to mud, but there are lots of people enjoying wind surfing, boating and yachting. There are lots of independent shops catering for Londoners who come to stay in their second homes. If you go to Seasalter, which is just along the coast, there is a gastro pub, the Sportsman with a Michelin star. It is casual, friendly and lovely!  

Friday, 25 July 2014

Water Girl flew to Norway

I had a busy week. I am currently working on 7 different projects. None of them is too big, but I need to keep them going. A funny thing is that my studio downstairs is cooler than my office upstairs by several degrees. When I think I have to do this and that on PC upstairs, I climb up stairs and sit at my desk. Because of the heat, I forget why I came up. I have done this several times. And then I go down and start making, then my memory comes back!

It has been a good week, too. I have received three commissioned orders for a trio of whippets. They came in a one after another. How wonderful!

Water Girl flew to Norway

Sweet Water Girl flew to a lovely artist's home in Norway. As Norway is not a part of EU, I have done some research on import duty. I found original work of art has 0% rate on duty, just like in US. I have also found lots of other countries have duty free on original work of art. That's good to know. Prior to this, I was reluctant to list my larger works on Etsy. I didn't want my customers to go through paying duty and handling charges. Nobody likes doing it.

Edited (7 August 2014) : I am informed that Norway custom office charged the duty on Water Girl.

She is on the stand Mike was commissioned to make for a lovely lady. It is a travertine base with an acrylic rod. It is well made, and it shows the mask beautifully. I'm thinking to stock the stands for my shop in future.

Here are some recent photos to share from my studio. First, the 3 sets of whippet trios. Height and length will be similar after firing, but they are all different. It is the joy of making original works!

 And more rabbits. The left one was spoken for. : ) They will be bisque-fired sometime next week.

If you would like to have your own trio of whippets, you can commission me at midoritakaki on Etsy.