Live. Grow. Flourish

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These are my Live. Grow. Flourish plant pots in small and large. Each one has different text.

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Live. Grow. Blossom and Breathe. Bloom. Flower in my two favourite colours Turquoise Blue and Red.

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An invocation to the plant and the person

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Fresh out of the kiln and still piping hot in the studio.

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Uh Oh. Breakages…

Helloo lovely people.

I’ve been working hard in the studio recently and building up for Christmas markets. Above are my plant pots after bisque firing. I’ve been concentrating on trying to replicate the same size pots. It’s not that easy. For sale purposes it makes pricing easier though. Most of these pots are made from recycled clay. That’s clay that is left over bits, trimmings and greenware breakages. These are thrown in a bucket together with water until all mushy, then dried out to the right consistency and wedged together again. There are a variety of methods to do this recycling which I might show in another post. The down side of it is, that it is quite time consuming and labour intensive and sometimes there are little pockets or air bubbles that don’t get wedged out. However, it is good for saving costs and in its benefit to the environment. The couple of breakages shown in the image above are what happens if you miss a bubble – the pot blows up. Out of an entire kiln load I only had three breakages which is pretty good, but still a little bit annoying. That clay Goddess is a fickle mistress.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

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The Kiln Goddess

The Open Kiln

Drum roll….The Open Kiln

Finished Glazed Koala Pots

Finished Glazed Koala Pots

Finished Glazed Cube Pots

Finished Glazed Cube Pots

Finished Koala Plant Pot with Succulent

Finished Koala Plant Pot with Succulent

Cube Plant Pots all finished and planted up

Cube Plant Pots all finished and planted up

The Goddess of the kiln has smiled kindly upon me and I have finished my koala and cube pots…finally. I have been learning how to fire and use the kiln,¬† and now I’ve successfully done that, I can go full steam ahead and fire work unsupervised. Watch out! I’ve been pretty happy with how they’ve all turned out. There are a few minor things to work on but on the whole I love going through all the processes and coming out with my own handmade things. The firing process really tests my patience though! At least when you cook in an oven you can have a peek every now and again but there is no way you can do that with the kiln. When the kiln is finished firing you still have to wait another 24 hours until you can actually unload and look at the work. Fingers crossed that when you open it, its all worked out.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Murmuration

Ceramic plaque with Sparrows using scraffito technique

Ceramic plaque with Sparrows using scraffito technique

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HI folks,

I just started working on these wall plaques using a scraffito technique where you scratch away to reveal the white areas (grey in the picture til they are fired). These are inspired by the wall art I saw in Santorini Greece at the Ancient site of Akrotiri. The sparrows were a part of wall murals uncovered by Archeaologists. These works will be appearing at SALA Festival in South Australia in August at The Forge Creative Warehouse.

A murmuration is a display by a group of birds at dusk as part of a survival technique for nesting. It can be quite amazing to watch. I’m planning to do a wall full of these plaques grouped together, hence the title…plus its a cool word to say.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

You win some, you lose some.

Well I opened up the kiln with excitement and found a few problems unfortunately.

 

My cracked platter

My cracked platter

My big platter with Akrotiri inspired sparrows on it has a crack in it and I’m not sure I can do anything about it. Any suggestions??

 

Streaky underglaze

Streaky underglaze

I also found that an underglaze¬† I bought cheap at the clay supply store was cheap for a reason. It fired all streaky and uneven. I’m just wondering if I can apply a different underglaze on top now it’s been bisque fired and then clear glaze and fire it again to cover it up. Does anyone know?

 

See in the middle of this plate a white mark and also a bit of a ring where another pot was sitting on top of it in the kiln

See in the middle of this plate a white mark and also a bit of a ring where another pot was sitting on top of it in the kiln

Lastly, one of my favourite patterned plates has a white mark in the centre where the underglaze rubbed off. Can I add a new coat of coloured underglaze and clear glaze and then fire it again? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Koala pot yay!!

Koala pot yay!!

Pony brooches Yay!

Pony brooches Yay!

 

Finally, there were some winners. Two koala pots came out well, a couple of bowls and five little horse brooches I made, plus half a kiln load of kids work from classes I’ve taught came out fine so there will be no tears from the children at least. Only from me.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Kiln Killin Time

Ceramic Vases

Vases in Fairy Floss, Baby Blue and Mint.

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Small vase

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Detail of a large textured platter in Fairy Floss Pink

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Two sizes of vases in Baby Blue

 

Howdy folks,

Yesterday I had a busy and creative day teaching in the morning and then doing my own ceramic work in the afternoon. I’m still on my learner’s permit with firing the kiln,so I loaded it last week and got one of the more experienced ceramicists to start off the firing for me while I was teaching. I went to the studio and kept an eye on the kiln til it finished. While I was waiting for the firing to finish I underglazed the works above.

These are from my still developing range I’ve named Maureen Margaret Alice after my Nanna. They have a vintage aesthetic and I’m going to add a secret addition to them all after firing which will bring together lots of different aspects of my creative practice. I’ve stuck to three different colours under the ‘less is more’ philosophy, which was a bit of a struggle, as I’m a bit of a ‘more is more’ kind of girl. I’m happy with these so far and hope they turn out amazingly when fired. I’m off to open the kiln now from yesterday’s firing. Fingers’ crossed it all fired successfully.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

 

Raw

Quilt blocks

Quilt blocks cut out and ready to sew

Quilt blocks

Pink Overload

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Raw edges are it!

Quilting

Finished raw edged quilt number one

 

It’s winter here…well not officially but it feels like it. I’ve been quilting up a storm. I’ve decided my fabric hoard needs reducing or I’m going to suffocate in fabric one day. I’ve been making quilts. As my partner says “How many quilts do we need?” yes, well, they’re not all for us. I’m making them for friends and family. I’m not the kind of person that makes fiddly, particular and perfect quilts so I’ve been making raw edged quilts at the moment. The last two images above are of a square block quilt I’ve just finished for my cousin’s son Jasper. If you want the details on how to make it check out this bloglink www.goodhomesdesign.com

The first two images are for Jasper’s two sisters Scarlett and Elodie. What is it with girls and pink???? O.M.G!! It’s so full on I can hardly stand it. Every little girl is obsessed with it. I wonder if it’s just marketing or if it’s something else. If you go to any toy shop and look for the girls aisle you can see it glowing neon pink from afar. I’m not overly happy with this conditioning for girls and as an adult I had a real abhorrence for pink. I think because I was scarred from all the pink stuff from my childhood. My parents even went out of their way to not condition us based on gender and I still somehow picked up that pink ‘was a girls colour’ and blue was for boys. Actually, my favourite¬† colour has been blue for a long time. Anyway, regardless of the reason the girls favourite colour is pink so I’ve gone with total pink on pink for Scarlett and blue on pink for Elodie. I’m just finished the cutting out stage of these two quilts which I am going to make smaller than Jasper’s. For all the information on how to make these raw edged circle quilts check out this link to Bijoulovelydesigns.com where she explains how to do it better than I ever could.

Love and art

Sarah-Jane

Studio Bliss

Ceramic Plates and Bowls

Ceramic Plates and Bowls

Ceramic Plates

Bowls and Cheese Board

 

Oh my, so tired from all day in the ceramics studio after a two week imposed break. I had such a great day and it’s so good for my mental health doing art. I’ve been working on a number of different ranges, some for exhibition and some for sale at markets and artist run shops. This range is called “Maureen Margaret Alice” after my Nanna. It has a vintage feel and I’m using pastel colours to glaze them. You may notice the holes around the edge of the plates. This is for a secret addition I’ll show you later, after it’s all been fired.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane