Yesterday I did something that felt pretty important to me and rather momentous – maybe. I packed the first ever of my wood fired pots that are heading off for an exhibition. They are going to be a part of the Spring Fling Taster Exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries. These six in the picture above are going, they range from the tiny sgraffito one on the far left at 8cm high through to this fatty at the right hand side. Now I’m excited but it’ll be interesting to see what comments there are from people who see them, if any comments. Maybe no one will like them, crikey…
Last weekend I went on a day course with Pamela Grace (another Spring Fling artist) again at Gracefield Arts Centre. It was entitled “Paper Batik” and I was rather surprised to learn that there was no wax involved at all. As you know I’m not one for drawing really but this I liked. I do like a good process. I like slipware because certain things must be done at certain times and I sort of know where I stand, this was of that ilk, in the same manner that print making is.
First we made some test pieces which I enjoyed and got right into, after lunch when Pamela gave us our “proper” paper I found I seized up, couldn’t think what to do. I’d taken my sketch book with me so pots it was. The picture above has the outlines drawn in chalk pastels, then anywhere that I didn’t want to end up black is covered in gouache.
Black ink. Allowed to dry.
I’ve been looking at lots of empty trees before the spring makes them all full again to try to get better shapes into mine. The top two are 45cm diameter ish and the one below here is about 30cm diameter.
So there you have it. Pics and pots from this week. I’m teaching tomorrow so no more pots for me this week. Will probably be down at the weekend to just tidy up a few odds and ends though.
I have a video from the firing to sort out for you over the weekend too.