June has been a particularly busy month for me personally with a couple of weekends away, including a trip to the seaside, the Blogtacular conference and I also had a birthday party to organise for my eldest son too. It has also been a month in which I didn't have too many deadlines to work too, so I've allowed myself some time to experiment with some different styles which I thought I'd share the process of here....
First of all I sprinkle shavings of coloured porcelain onto a rolled out piece of clay.
I then roll in the shavings to create some random patterns and use a hole cutter to extract coloured circles. These are then placed face down within my mould.
I then pour slip so that these patterns stand out within the overall background colour. Once I have taken the piece out of the mould I then tidy up the seams and style the top of the vase.
I've experimented with some other ideas this month too. Including layering strips of clay into a mould and creating holes in a planter so that I can attach string to it - in a nod to a traditional style of coil pots... Can't wait to see how that one turns out....
I love seeing all the different creativity in the #wipsandblooms gallery, and how people style their work with fresh foliage or plants. These four were my favourite, and unusually I haven't included any knitting this month, which I think is a reflection of a wider variety of makers joining in with the tag.
How lovely are these four fresh summery images? I would love to have work from all of these makers in my home.
BR: @ivy.cottage (formerly @Rebeccalawrencehandmade).
Our favourite maker this month has shown some beautiful images in the #wipsandblooms gallery of her processes in making flower preservation heirloom art. Congratulations @voiletaroots on winning a place on @xantheb's on-line film course.
I also loved the creativity of @bymeeni; her process shots are always styled so beautifully and her range of creative skills are amazing; I love her current series of paper-cuts.
Next month I am delighted to announce that we have a guest judge @inspiredbypetals; so please remember to tag her aswell as @aplayfulday and myself so that we can see what you are up to. I hope our judge's gallery might inspire you to show your work in a different style maybe?
Continuing on a floral theme for my own work, during July and August I am involved in a Garden exhibition in Wimbourne Dorset. And I have submitted a range of my coastal vessels as well as some planters, so if you are in the area please pop in and see the range of makers that are taking part in this display.
Its been such a beautiful weekend, and I've spent time tidying and sprucing up my garden. Hope you enjoyed some sunshine whatever you've been up to.
Best wishes and happy making.