I have been busy making, to sell at an Open House on the 1st November, 20 Morella Road, SW128UH and for a commission and a birthday gift. Here is what I have been up to.
As usual I have been working with the clay which gives a toasty appearance when fired. This is a new shape I tried which is mostly hand made rather than thrown. This shape is called a Pilgrim’s Flask. I have also thrown a number of crumble dishes which a friend had commissioned with names on. This led me to do an experiment in the effect of slip on this clay.
Here is the first with just glaze and below, with slip and then glaze. The effect is more muted. Not sure yet which I prefer.
I also added the same drawing to a tall shape which I would like to develop.
I made some little porcelain dishes which I intended to luster and decided to try it on the brown as well. The effect is rather nice, but luster work requires a third firing so I don’t think I will be doing this very often.
The item I had to really work at was a birthday present. The birthday girl had said she liked the work I had done on Octopus. Well that was some time ago and in Earthenware. I bought 2 bags of white stoneware that they use a lot at the studio and began work. Because I don’t have glazes to use on white clay I made two whole bags worth of octopus themed pottery. Dishes, colanders, pots with lids and hidden octopus inside, large bowls with coral and octopus, octopus on blue, orange – I went octopus mad! The big dishes and the birthday present had the ends of the coral lustered to you got a highlight of gold. Here is a selection. Do follow me on Instagram – #morellapotter for videos and more pictures.