Out of the kiln

Yesterday I had a lovely surprise… I was doing some voluntary work in the office over at Denmark Farm when Joanna turned up with the little sculptures we had made in her paper porcelain workshops back in October.

I’m really delighted with the results. One of them never even got home to be photographed: I immediately gave it to Mara (who, amongst other things, organises the courses at Denmark Farm) because she admired it when we opened the box. She is going to hang it on her Christmas tree. I have recipients in mind for several of the others, but I am going to keep a few for myself, as I am delighted by the way they have come out.

Just as a reminder, this is what they looked like as they were made:

And here are my creations after glazing:

Not bad for a first attempt, I think!

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  1. These are gorgeous. I’ve not tried porcelain work myself, but had to abandon clay some years ago as it seemed to have such a bad effect on my skin. Whch was a shame, as I loved working with it.

  2. Not bad? What do you mean they are amazing. Absolutely love them. Well done you!

  3. Wow!! I remember you saying it wasn’t your medium – but my goodness Dr Snail – how can that be? I remember that feeling of ‘wow’ when my pathetic attempts were glazed – that so unsatisfactory lump of clay became a thing of [well in my case] okayness – yours are a thousand times better. I adore the blue shells and the blue pine tree [blue of course being my most favourite colour] but everything is just wonderful. Not at all bad for a first attempt indeed! I wonder what you would come up with if yo kept on playing……. πŸ™‚

  4. They really turned out gorgeous! So fun to see them once they are baked!

  5. Holy manuka, where is the LOVE button! They are purest unmitigated gorgeousness. I loved them prior to glazing but now they are even better. If I could sign up for a course that turned out something gorgeous like that I would be on it like a tick on a dog (forgive me my Aussie colloquialisms but I am overwhelmed by a mix of adoration and green lust at the moment πŸ˜‰ ). SO very beautiful. To all of your dear constant readers who live in the U.K. “Get on down to Denmark Farm and go make yourselves some of these…Scotland? NO EXCUSE!” πŸ˜‰

    • Oh, Fran… you do make me smile… perhaps it’s in my genes… my great auntie was Clarice Cliff (famous for her Art Deco pottery)

      • Are you serious?! I bow to you Ms Snail. Clarice Cliff is one of my absolute dead set favourite ceramic artists :). You just went up in my genetic database of “superior human being genetic material” incredibly :). I love Art Nouveau and Art Deco and all things early 1900’s and simplified and Germanic. Gorgeous stuff full of the essence of the idea. Your gorgeous ceramic painting is just that, the perfect simplified essence of the idea and you NAILED THAT SUCKER Ms Snail πŸ™‚

  6. Just beautiful! I think you could have a sideline of making Christmas tree decorations using natural objects as inspiration. And Clarice Cliff in the family, wow, you really do have the ceramics gene!

  7. They look really professional. Very well done.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  8. These are really beautiful. I love your blues and greens.

  9. Stunning. Particularly the snails πŸ™‚

  10. I love them all but especially the snails. πŸ˜€

  11. These are wonderful, Jan – you should feel really proud of your workmanship! πŸ™‚

  12. Goodness, they’re utterly charming, well done!


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