Wednesday, February 29, 2012

indian ringneck

Making studies of some exquisite Indian Ringneck parrot feathers from a very generous friend.




Thursday: Our Creative Spaces + Mud Colony.

wax

Preparing pots for glazing; waxing bases over the kitchen stove. As you do.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

broked

Will I ever learn?
[mistreating greenware.]

gum leaves

A single porcelain cup from December, testing a eucalyptus leaf design with underglaze paints and pencil.

Monday, February 27, 2012


[painting!]

Thursday, February 23, 2012

peacock

A very special custom piece from last month for an extra lovely client in Melbourne.
Yes, I do take custom orders!
Email me: hello@kathrynmitchellceramics.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

more glaze tests!

Now I have a hopefully-reliable-new-clear-gloss-glaze recipe, I need to retest some pigments for the Miro project.

They'll look way prettier after the firing, promise. Umm, I hope.

Thursday: Our Creative Spaces + Mud Colony.

studio

The studio this week;
Sanding work and organising to glaze




Playing with wide shots on my camera :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

slab platters

I've had a few requests for larger pieces, like platters or fruit bowls, however my fledging throwing skills aren't up to making something that big, so I've been playing with simple slab platters;


It's lovely to have a wider area to play with the design composition.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

miro glaze tests

I did these glaze tests for the Miro project about 3 months ago...! Thought I'd better document them before I stash them in a seconds box under the bed.

2, 3 and 4% Walker FW5601 Black (Cobalt Free) stain. All very, er, black. No problems there then.
The red is still a pain.

But the orange is lovely! Though I was rather sloppy when I glazed the test star.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

porcelain cups

I've thrown (pun not intentional...) myself into making cups in Southern Ice porcelain. 27 (plus other stoneware pieces) over 2 days, then a day of trimming - I'm fairly impressed with myself!

However, I've lost so much skin off my fingers, it hurts to type!

The plan is paint the cups with more patterns from my homesickness sketchbook doodlings.

Thursday: Our Creative Spaces + Mud Colony

miami marketta | february 2012



Monday, February 13, 2012

inspiration: miranda skoczek

I love everything about these works by Miranda Skoczek.


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

spoons

It's difficult to pinpoint where the spoons first crossed my radar. It must be nearly 6 months now, that I've been aware of the seemingly increasing trend in ceramic spoons. I admired them, coveted them, but didn't want to make my own; don't be a copycat, I told myself. But I kept seeing them, finding them more and more lovely. Suddenly I thought: no one can copyright a spoon and my skills are relatively fledgling, no one will notice or mind if I make a few.
 So I sketched.
And I made.
[spoons cut from thin slab of clay and hand pinched into shape]


 I love.

However; I have no idea if they will hold their form during firing to 1270c? Are they small enough to evade slumping? I will certainly only glaze the top sides just in case...

[one other small motivation to this - perhaps if I put spoons in my bowls, unimaginative people will stop asking me 'what would I do with this bowl...?']

Thursday: Our Creative Spaces + Mud Colony.

painting

Building up stock for markets and my dear stockists.



Tuesday, February 07, 2012

inspiration: anne smerdon

I am privileged to know Gold Coast artist Anne Smerdon.
Deaf eyes moist in moonlight - 2011
Anne paints wondrous illustrated narratives in watercolour, with ink and gold on paper and silk, exploring the relationships between humans and animals, much influenced by literature such as Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Henry De Vere Stacpoole’s The Blue Lagoon.
Peacock monograms for the mid-century mod - 2012

Tweedledee and Tweedledum - 2012
Anne's very first solo show, Symbiosis, opens at 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace on Saturday 18 Feburary, 6 - 8pm. It will be magic, I promise.