22 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Learning about Raku

Another long and picture heavy ceramics post! ;) In March, I started a Sculptural Raku course at Hive Bradford. The Course The ten session course used to be called “Angels and Acrobats”, with the focus on building sculptural figures that really come alive in a beautiful way when raku fired. To inform the figure building […]

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20 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – pancakes/finale, the pride/a year ago, AC

3BT

(My 35th birthday) 1. Pancakes – good fluffy ones with fruity honey and lemon juice – and crispy bacon. 1b. We rewatch the 30 Rock finale over breakfast. I’m reminded that it’s a lovely combination of sentimentality and funny, saying goodbye to characters while remaining true to them. 2. Watching the cats run down to […]

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19 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – (rain), rainforest/smell, together/grunter, crocosmia/

3BT

0. The coolness washes over us as the rain takes the heat out of the night. 1. Underneath the tall, spindly trees, the heavy leaves trap clouds of moisture – you can see the steam circling from the house. It’s exactly this weather condition that causes people to say our gardens are like the rainforest. […]

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18 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – raku/bowls/thorn/curls/look inside, summertime, sleepy

3BT

1. The magical moment when the colours appear. 1b. I’ve been worried about how to glaze my bowls but it turns out my hand is forced: I glaze the insides and leave the outsides to the reduction, aside from a few accidental/deliberate spatters for interest. I love how they turn out. 1c. There is a […]

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18 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Misc thoughts and observations of a nearly 35 year old

  It’s my birthday at the weekend, my 35th. For some reason, much more so than my 30th, this seems like a turning point, a milestone. The year I turned 30 was a momentous, grown-up year – we were stuck in mortgage-application hell trying to buy our house, my first business idea was failing while […]

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17 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – OTT/callbacks/darlings, magnums, that’s us

3BT

1. I make myself laugh with some ridiculous hyperbole. 1b. Satisfying callbacks make a piece hang together better than it should. 1c. I “kill my darlings”. The resulting post is much cleaner and coherent as a result – and I can save the jokes for another time. 2. We don’t usually have magnums at home […]

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