Hello my lovelies!
I hope that you have had a good week either potting or thinking about how fantastic clay and mud can be!
In class this week we are starting to see the beginnings of project work and there are some very interesting things being made. Raewyn is making a Jackson Pollack Alice n Wonderland T pot. It is her 2nd attempt at it after a disastrous breakage. But it has made it through the bisque firing and will be glazed this weekend…we all have our fingers crossed for you Raewyn! There are bird baths being made and very adventurous and keen mud monkeys determined to master the wheel! All in all its very busy with the bisque shelves filling up fast…need to get on with glazing now! A top tip for glazing is to remember what colours you like instead of being bamboozled by the array of samples and glazes on offer. Collect some images from magazines etc of a look that you fancy this will help to filter out options that are not really you. Harsh as it sounds, remember that a slightly dodgy pot will not be improved with glaze! So start to get picky about what you decide to put into the bisque kiln…up until this point the clay can be recycled and you can make something more marvelous the next time!
All busy in the home studio with 5 of my large urns completed and 8 wall cameos drying as well. Only 4 more to go and then I will throw some extra large black bowls. I am looking forward to this but just need to make sure that the studio is clear of precious drying objects before I make a mess! I recycled a bucket of dry clay pieces and some left over black sludge from making the WOW black feathers last year. If you fancy doing this with your scraps make sure they are bone dry and then break them up into even sized bits, pop them into a bucket and pour over clean cold water until they are completely covered (important…resist the temptation to stir…this will mess up the water absorption). Now leave them at least overnight and then tip or sponge of the excess clean water of the top then get your hand (arm) in for a wee mix around. You should end up with sludge like a stiff muffin mix. Now either slop it over a plaster bat (about 1 1/2 inched thick) and leave to harden off, or tip it into an old pillow case and leave hanging over another bucket until the excess water has evaporated. Then wedge and knead, stuff into an airtight back and ignore for a few weeks. An average household bucket of scrap will make about 10kg of plastic clay…so well worth the effort!
Here is a PDF on processing your clay scraps.
Well I am going to leave you with a couple of pictures from the market last weekend…which was fantastic…lots of lovely new faces, cheeky familiar ones and great weather too. So good in fact I got a tad sunburnt and now look like a cookie monster or Elmo if you prefer! Please visit felt.co.nz to see a lot of the stalls that were there on Saturday if you need something special or if you would like to snaffle up something of mine at The Busy Finch shop on-line with Felt. Thank you for your support if you saw me on Saturday! xxx
Carry on muddy mud skippering and have a great weekend!
Tatyanna a.k.a The Busy Finch