Thanks for popping in! Just got back from pottery. Had a great afternoon, although my new batch of tiles aren’t coming along as well as the first lot! First time I made tiles, I just went for it – didn’t know what I was doing. This time I was trying to remember what I did (note to self: must take notes), and I think I overthunk it. Still. Who’s to say. They may be wonderful. And if they’re not, the next batch will be again. Tell you what though. Next month’s Die Club Die is to die for!!! I am going to make a whole set of tiles with this particularly perfect design. Brighton North Lane Boutiques – eat your heart out !!! But I won’t spoil the surprise. Let me instead update you on the progress of that very tall, rather quirky bottle I was making. Remember?
Today it was time to add the glaze. So before the vase got dunked/dipped, I dry brushed some wax over it, to act as a resist. Nothing that new for us paper crafters there….but then:
Here’s where the learning curve kicked in today.
First of all, we had to glaze the inside of the tall vessel with a transparent gloss. This will make it water proof – should I ever decide to use it as a vase or a perfume bottle! Then the whole thing was to be immersed in a matte white glaze. Eunice the teacher showed me a very cool trick with a balloon, to stop the second glaze trickling inside the bottle;
Right. Next step: total immersion in the matte white. First, you need a bucket or container large enough to take the bottle! Glad she remembered to take off her rings before class! This pottery is no good for the nails though….
Woohoo! We do like a bit of resist, don’t we girls and boys !!!
So yeah. Slow progress, but nonetheless, pottery has a knack of wanting you to go back for more, and full of anticipation – because you don’t know what it’s going to turn out like. Who knows.? This may come out totally rubbish; and it may just turn out absolutely brilliant. or somewhere inbetween.
One’s thing is certain: I had a blast making it, and I learnt loads.
Dave has been on the road since 6 this morning, and now it’s 6pm. Been up to the north of the country, to pick up a very, VERY special piece of kit. I’ll tell you all about it on Friday, when it has been rolled off the lorry and put in situe. Can you guess what it is? Have a think. It’s pretty blimming special…. I’ll give you a clue: it weighs a ton. Literally. ONE TON. I’ll give you another clue: it’s not a kiln !!!!! Don’t be going off down the pottery road just because I have led you down the pottery path today!!
Love and hugs,