Friday, 20 April 2012

im out of my cave. . . .

So . ..  its been a while,  this is going to be a bit of a epic post , i have lots to tell.

Yesterday I put the first cote of varnish on the cave. . .  a very happy day! no more painting. . . . (well for a while, there is still plenty that can be done but am having a break!)  So I have painted all 4 sides of the main passage way through the cave,  about 30 meters of passage way, I have very sore knees , but groups and staff seems to be very happy with the outcome.

I have been working with Old Hutton Primary school to create a ceramic totem pole to be installed by Bendriggs Tepee. Each child had a strip of clay which they calved and built upon to create a piece that depicted there identity. I then formed them in to rings. The class have now painted a underglaze onto their rings and i will finally add a clear glaze onto the top and fire them. They will be ready to erected, so watch this space.

Clay strips made by the children
Strips made into rings

Fired rings, ready for glazing

underglazed rings, waiting for clear glaze to be applied. 

The school contacted the paper, great pic. . . . .  just shame got my name wrong. .  oh well! 

Another project i have started is creating a ceramic mural for the dining room. i have been working with lots of groups visiting the centre, children have been filling in sections of a large picture with clay shapes. The mural is complete now and being fired as we speak, i will work with another group to paint it, and it will then be installed. . .  again watch this space.

 Also thought you might want to know that Aurthur is growing well, have had great feed back from groups and staff.

Finally, my fokes delivered my new potters wheel to me couple of weeks ago so i have been having lots of fun on this. cant wait to introduce it to some groups. i have been making my self very at home in my studio. Glass work is a bit slow, getting to know my new kiln slowly. but have a few commissions so need to get act together!  

Messy, but homely ! !