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

WIPs

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

Ceramics!

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.