My mixed media sculptures are beginning to move, which is nice. This shell baby is made with bronzed ceramic and a sea shell.
I made these strange mixed media hybrids during Beltane, a really challenging time of year for me – all this new life, all in one go! I sleep a lot during this time and in the dreamland between sleep and wakening, poetry is born.
As I snatch at the dream evaporating before my eyes, startled creatures can be seen scurrying for cover. These are such creatures. I call them Mood Critters. There are plenty more hiding beneath my bed….
More of my work can be found in the first sight art gallery in Hastings Old Town.
I wrote about smoke firing ceramic Fat Bird sculptures on my blog yesterday, and I mentioned how metal oxides sometimes change colours in unpredictable ways during smoke firing.
Here is another example of that; copper oxide, when glazed, usually turns green but on this torso the copper came up red in places. I used a matt transparant glaze on top of the oxides.
When a shiny transparant glaze is used, the result can be even more dramatic.
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My ceramic torsos are made with hooks at the back to hang from – but I sometimes like to mount them on oak plinths like this one. The oak comes from a friend’s barn in Kent.
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During this workshop we concentrated on exploring textures while making ceramic bowls using hump and press molds. The bowl to the left is made by draping sheets of clay across a plaster hump mold and removing it a few hours later when the clay has hardened enough to keep the shape. We still had to shore it up with a towel tightly wrapped across the bottom of the bowl…
I love collecting plants from the garden to use in my workshops
Andrew opted for ferns, too.
My next ceramic workshop is planned for Sunday 22May at 10.30-1pm. Please contact me here if you’d like to attend. My workshops are suited for everyone whatever previous experience. There are still two places available!