Tuesday, May 11, 2010


 Here is the mirror that I painted to match the dragonfly fabric. There's a sample of the fabric lying on the mirror.

Even though I cover the mirrors to protect them from paint splotches, there is always some tidying up to do after I take the tape and drop cloth away...

Mirror Number two:

This mirror goes in a powder room, with a very pretty hooked rug providing the theme for the painting...

Monday, May 10, 2010

 I had a lot of special orders for pottery to fill... I have been preparing for this , even while painting the fabric, by getting the requested shapes in stock, replenishing the glazes, all that stuff. its time consuming! And very nice to get down to the work after so much anticipation.
 You will see these plates fired, below, and there is a bit of a colour difference after firing!

The green stuff is the over glaze. It becomes transparent. Don't worry.

It's a huge relief to see the larger pieces emerge intact from firing. Phew.

 What you see here is the contents of two full kiln loads...both turned out really, really well..I was so pleased.

 Even when the kiln is cool enough to unload, the stuff is still to hot to handle comfortably. Ouch.

These were two great batches. Now many of these pieces are happily on their way to the people who waited so patiently for them!
Ah, this blogging thing has been taking a backseat...

I have been quite busy, and now I will catch you up on what I have been painting. This fabric for instance, completed WEEKS ago!
 It starts off as usual with a painterly grounding of colour and texture...this design is going to be quite simple. It is for upholstery onto various furniture.

Here are some close ups:

 Here is a subsequent section; the background is a lot of fun to paint.

Later on, you will see a mirror frame I have just painted to match this fabric...but first, I want to show you all the pottery I have been working on, too. Next entry!