151…New Year, New Collection

by frances doherty on January 21, 2016

I hope it’s not too late to say Happy New Year to everyone…..it isn’t in France anyway where we Bonne Annee all January. It was a rather slow start this year as I’v just come out of a nasty bout of bronchitis which seemed to be doing the rounds this year. I conserved my energies as best I could and snuffled up to the studio for the first week or so to get as much work in as I could before I had to go back and get into my PJ’s. Now however after a long break at Christmas and plenty of rest last week I’m as energetic as a Duracell bunny and my kiln has been on non stop. This year I am going international and the first of my new sculptures have been appearing every couple of days and will be going off in the next couple of weeks to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Cherry Red

Cherry Red

Most of the new work is based on Cactus plants at their flowering stage. I’m not a huge fan of cactuses per sae but they are transformed when they flower and you have a huge, brightly coloured and delicate flower on top of a spiky base. Colours and spikes…..great!

flowering stone

flowering stone

I know it’s not exactly the same family….but those weird stone plants that sit there for years doing nothing….then suddenly spout a flower on top are fascinating too.

Powder Puff

Powder Puff

The problem with spiky ceramics is that they can be very delicate, so I’v been experimenting too with monofilament. I like the overall effect of this…although it does involve hours of cutting and attaching each little piece, but then my sculptures were never simple.

Bea, my appentice is also moving on well. Shortly after she first arrived she went to Dieppe and dug up some clay from the cliffs down there. After drying, slaking, cleaning and wedging it, she made a little pinch bowl. This survived the bisc firing ok, and this week we put it in with an earthenware glaze,

Bea's bowl

Bea’s bowl

and it came out really well. The colour is a pinky yellow.

She has also got to the point where I am showing her how to make larger pieces,

throwing large

throwing large

and this is her first succesful piece….you can feel the concentration!

{ 0 comments }

150…End of term

December 11, 2015

It’s the final week before we pack up for Christmas and it has that real end of term feel. However, I have a few early shows next year and so I’ve kept on making right up to the end. The last sculpture was finished this morning, and popped into the damp cupboard . These will […]

Read the full article →

149…Reflections on Ai Weiwei

November 25, 2015

During the Brighton Art Fair I met a lady who liked my work and said that one sculpture in particular reminded her of a piece she had seen by Ai Weiwie at the Royal Academy. She also mentioned that I was a bit more affordable as the piece she was referring to had been up […]

Read the full article →