Monday, 2 December 2013

*Heroic attempt*

It seems that I am wading through SO much spam these days, so I'm going to start disabling anon comments.  The quantity of junk is really starting to put me off Blogger, it would be quite interesting to know if other people using it have noticed as much crap leaping into their inboxes as I have...It does, however, seem to have a fairly decent filter, which is something.

Life has been incredibly chaotic lately, I have come down with a bunch of exasperating and chronic illnesses and moved house. On the yay side I have a nice fella ambling about with me these days.

 On the bright side, I am going to start focusing on botanical art for a bit, so there will be more stuff up here! I am more active on tumblr at present so feel free to come visit (I love following new people too) :)

Monday, 27 May 2013

Stages of progress

Upon seeing a picture of the original Mr Toad, I was recently asked to do a commission for a lovely lady by her husband. I took a bunch of WIP photos, as I thought it would be interesting for her to see the method of construction (you don't get that with factory-made items!)

I decided if I was going to make a copy of an existing creature, I wanted it to be both different and better, as I'd learned a lot of interesting things in making the prototype. 

Here's the final critter:

Here are the modelling stages: he's made from gritty raku clay (this has tiny hard particles in, which give texture and hold together well when sculpting). You can see the original version I made for myself in the background, used for reference. As you can see, my art desk is quite chaotic XD

Basic shape, made hollow (otherwise he would explode during firing, which is an unfortunate end for anybody) 

Click for the whole process!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Orange is all the rage

Hmm, it seems orange and geometry seems to be my latest fad. 

Kaleidometric drawing WIP based on various ways of looking at a pinecone. I was trying to get the fibonacci pattern in it, but couldn't manage to calculate it mathematically, so I had to shuffle stuff about until it looked vaguely right. It will grow more bit by bit, and be in colour, eventually. I have mostly finished drawing the inked bit now.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Froggybob, toadybob, he's a bit confused to be honest.

I made a ceramic frogtoad. My first ceramic critter!

I always deeply disliked the frog princes’ bride. The story actually rather upset me as a child, to tell the truth.  How could she throw the poor thing across the room, I ask you *cries*

(buff clay, yellow.white glaze for belly, brown and mixed pale green for back, w/ copper oxide powder)
And black glaze for the eyes. I really like simple black glaze on eyes, and got the idea from looking at stuff by other clay tinkerers. It means the light always hits in a natural way, the 'gleam' always means it doesn't look too 'dead'. 
I'm thinking of making him a crown and a golden ball and giving him a photosession in the local pond for extra silliness value.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Snippets of two things I am working on at the moment...

The second one will probably be the first finished, as I have to wait for some flowers to come out to do the first one. Both pencil, last one has some ink and gouache too.

Monday, 11 February 2013


I just started a ceramics class for a bit of variety lately. It's horribly addictive, and I've been tinkering around with many silly ideas. Evidently I'm constitutionally incapable of making anything sensible, but they all have some sort of tenuously practical use so far. I'm pretty much just bumbling along and teaching myself as I go.

Buff(?)  clay with white, red, yellow and brown glazes. The little fireplace in the centre is designed to hold a tealight and the roof comes off.  

Click the cut for more! Lots more, I'm afraid.... 

Friday, 8 February 2013

Ello there! Here are a few pictures of my autumn trip to Berlin. You will notice that I only seem to like photographing quite boring things, mainly trees and statues and so on. I don't really like taking pictures the first time I visit places, as it takes away the spontenaity for me, so there are only a few here. Next time I will take much more. Click the cut for more.