Make a thing a day

Last week I took part in makeathingaday on Instagram

‘a generous process laboratory where makers make a thing a day to giveaway. It was started in January 2015 by George Winks of Temper Studio to kick start his creative year, as a way of testing new ideas, and as a personal challenge to make something new each day for a week.’

Take a look at the website to see other makers projects… there is some beautiful work there.

It was a fantastic experience and an opportunity to experiment with concepts that I have had stored away in sketchbooks for some time. I thought it would be good to make an archive of my week’s work. Click on an image for details of the day’s process…

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the week’s work set aside to dry. They are now in the kiln being biscuit fired and hopefully they will be glazed by the end of the week. I’ll post finished images before I send them off to their already selected winners.

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Out of hand

A while ago I promised to show you the results of my latest glaze firing. I’ve been so frantic preparing for Potfest that I’ve been somewhat sidetracked, trying to get as much made in the short amount of time I have before my first show. I’ve surprised myself in how much I have enjoyed the pressure and I feel my work is improving daily – possibly as a result. I’ve a lot to learn still but it’s a relief to know that I am continuing to love every minute of it. I’m just in the middle of a family holiday on the Outer Isles and my sketchbooks are brimming with new ideas… designs… decorations… shapes… I can’t wait to get back to the wheel. But first, more glazing and firings will need to be done in an attempt to finish a few last pieces before a week on Thursday when I head off to Penrith. Here are a few of my favorites from the last two firings…


Utensil jars


Dipping bowls and salt pot


Tea bowls

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Tea bowls with new design

Dipping

It’s been an odd ten days – full of highs and lows.

The week before last I really felt like I’d made progress with my throwing. However when I glaze fired my pieces at the end of the week, they did not come out how I had planned. That’s not to say that I’m completely disappointed… there are positives too… but I’m having a problem with my clay colour. It should fire to almost white, but instead all my pieces are coming out cream. I’ve used the exact same clay before (extra white stoneware) so I don’t think the problem is there. I’m not sure wether it’s a something to do with my older kiln. I’d be grateful for any advice.

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Sea dapple tea bowl

Then there was my glorious trip to London. What a treat, and a definite high.

The last few days I’ve been throwing jugs… experimenting with lips… and trying a little more Mishima. What’s not to like? But, I’m desperately waiting for my new kiln to be installed and then hopefully as a result some more consistent firings. Trying to get an electrician up here is proving to be very difficult – it’s been weeks. Bertha is just sitting there, reeking of potential.

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I’m just looking forward to the day when I open my new kiln and I’m delighted with everything. Does that ever happen?