Thursday, 31 May 2012

WORK IN PROGRESS - A delivery from the farm

Straw Bales.

Took delivery of a few straw bales today... the gallery certainly smells quite authentic now! Didn't help with the smell that some of the bales arrived in a trailer during pouring rain. Also got the dilapidated metal shelves sorted today, they're in the gallery now too... Thanks to Jade & Carl for all their help.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

STUDIO - A cautionary tale

The roof of the kiln.

Broken element.

As a student you hear cautionary tales all the time... I think every ceramicist lives in fear of the kiln breaking down on the run up to an exhibition! It won't possibly happen to me!! And then... pop! The roof of the kiln lifts off & an element breaks! Not what I need right now but hopefully someone can come & look at it in Friday (regretting my lack of element changing knowledge)... all other kilns in town seems pretty booked out due to North Yorkshire Open Studios... Ho hum....

Sunday, 27 May 2012

WORK IN PROGRESS - The countdown has begun

GM Reaper legs - Work in progress.

Just under two weeks until the Farm World (work in progress) exhibition now... have a couple of GM Reapers assembled and painted with underglazes (gone for the underglaze with transparent glaze option over coloured glaze with on-glaze enamels), should be able to get them in the kiln this week. I'm currently focusing my attentions on "A Poultry Life", don't want to give too much away about this piece yet... except to say that I'm currently on a slip casting spree!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

STUDIO - Unwitting victims

Michelle James "Not more mixing"

Oh how I appreciate days when unwitting victims offer to come and help me out in the studio for a few hours!! Oh Great!! Casting slip opportunity... it's just like making a great big cake says Michelle!

Monday, 21 May 2012

STUDIO - Random things

Things to send to

Took a little moment today for a quick aside... have been thinking for a while about what I could send to Scott at Had these 3 heads hanging around the studio from various casts of the man in the 'Trilogy of Deaths' series. I had beheaded them all and fired only the heads as the casts were no good as they had dried out before I had managed to do the necessary work on them. I also have old inner tubes lying around the studio for holding my plaster moulds together... a blue latex glove and some elastic bands. Let's see what will make of them and how they will be photographed!

Friday, 18 May 2012

WORK IN PROGRESS - A mouldy old time

The moulds that make up the GM Reaper.

At last I have all the moulds ready & dried for the various sections of the GM Reaper. I'm busy rapidly pressmoulding a few copies at the moment. I'm a bit behind to be honest and it's going to be a push to get them dried, bisqued, glazed and on-glaze enameled in time! Fingers crossed nothing goes wrong! I only need one but am making a few to choose from....

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

EVENT - Happy 10th Anniversary Resonance FM

With Dexter Bentley.

With technician - Natasha Dutt.

It's 10 years today since Resonance 104.4fm first took to the airwaves!! I have fond memories of that time and found myself in the position of being one of the first engineers for the station. I remember engineering on the first day of broadcast! They were exciting times and it's great to see that Resonance FM is still going strong... May they continue for many more years.
Photo credit - The hello Goodbye show