So, back towards the end of last year some of my little porcelain bowls were taken to China.
In return, I was delighted to receive these beautiful bowls and 3 small packets of clay. one of porcelain, one of yellow and one of red clay. I have only opened the porcelain, which was a grey colour and hard to believe it would fire to white.
It was only 500g of clay and was very smooth to throw and did turn white on firing. The result was these small bowls – which are going back to China next week. Who knows…….. ??
It is always fun to be asked to do something different.
China to China
I did a Summer project with a group of people with a range of disabilities. We made a tile picture to represent where they live and their interests and creativity. I am always impressed by the imagination and thought they put in to their work.
The challenge for me was to fix everything to a backing, grout it and frame it.
The completed tile picture for Waterside
I guess everyone who makes things is looking for new ideas. We certainly are always trying to push forwards with what we make. This is partly to keep the brains and creative impulse challenged, but, admittedly, partly due to both having a low boredom threshhold.
Sometimes it is something completely different. Often, it is using something that we do already, and taking off in a slightly new direction with it.
Richard has a serious ebay and car boot sale habit – which brings up interesting objects that need to be incorporated somehow………………….
steampunk chickens on antique garden sprayer and wood
After a clear out of the attic, I had a few interesting objects, too.
‘Hooter on a hooter’ Owl on antique brass car horn and wood
Apologies for the long gap since my last post. The Summer flashed by with glorious days. You can also find me posting on Instagram regularly as carol.ceramics and on facebook as carolceramics.
We are looking forward to another busy Autumn of events and exhibitions.
Prince and Pilgrim Gallery have their September Collection from September 13-16, www.princeandpilgrim.com. We are contributing a few pieces to this.
New mother and baby in progress for P&P
Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild are holding and exhibition and demonstrations at Kingsbury Barn in St Albans also September 13-16. Richard and I will be demonstrating on Sunday September 16 from 1-4pm. www.thedcpg.org.uk
chickens waiting for mounting on antique garden sprayer.
We are also exhibiting in the Visual Arts Exhibtion at St Paul’s Church Hall HP10 0PW, which is part of Wooburn Festival. Times are Sept 29th 1-6, Sunday Sept 30th- Thurs Oct 4th 10-6, Friday October 5th 10-8pm, Saturday Oct 6th 10-4.
blue water female figure on hard wood base. stoneware for in or outside.
Richard and I will be demonstrating at Buckinghamshire Craft Guild Shop, Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville tomorrow, Sunday May 13 from 12-4pm.
Come along and see us work and also see the amazing talent of our colleagues in the craft guild – printmaking, jewellery, furniture, paper art, glass, books, textiles, stone carving and ceramics (and I have probably left something out).
There will be all new work displayed for Bucks Art Weeks 9-24th June, 2018.
Buckinghamshire Craft Guild at Layby Farm.
It is only a week now, until we are at Fresh Art Fair. We are going to the Private View on Thursday April 26th evening and exhibiting with the Doorway Gallery on stand 30. On Friday April 27th, we are giving a demonstration as part of the Art Fair.
penguins raku fired.
We will be at Fresh Art Fair this year with the Doorway Gallery. It is a first for us and we are really looking forward to it. Even more exciting is that we are going to be demonstrating on the Friday morning!! Gulp! Nothing like challenging yourself.
Raku fired hare.
I had a delightful commission before Christmas. Close friends Tessa and Nigel got married in January 2018 and I was asked to make something for the table decorations. The colour scheme was white and navy.
Tessa and I put our heads together and came up with hearts impressed with lace that could be tied around the napkins with some blue ribbon.
Here’s one in the wedding photographs……
porcelain heart with lace imprint for wedding napkins. photography www.guyhearn.com
2018 has come racing in and it’s February already. Here are some events that R&B Ceramics will be taking part in during the first part of the year. We might not be at each one.
Wednesday February 14th, Richard and I will be manning and demonstrating at Bucks Craft Guild shop from 1-4. You can find it at Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville (The Goat Centre) Further dates to be confirmed.
March 8-11th, Battersea Affordable Art Fair and May 10-13th Hampstead Affordable Art Fair with The Doorway Gallery.
March 24-25th, Art on the ,Brill, Brill School.
April 14th Buckinghamshire Pottery and Sculpture Society Exhibition, The Church Hall, All Saints Church, The Causeway, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2AA
Saturday, December 2nd 2017
We will be at Amersham Artisans, St. Michael’s Church, Amersham on the Hill from 10-4.
It would be great to see you.
Richard and Carol’s ceramics