Tag Archives: unglazed

I wouldn’t say that I have ever “hit the ground running”. I’m a slow burner; creative ideas take a long time to develop in my head, then take a long time to be realised, followed by lengthy periods of honing. As a result, our store room gradually accumulates experiments / prototypes / samples which for various reasons aren’t considered suitable for our website or any of the galleries we supply.

Usually we sell these “seconds” at our Open Studio in July, but of course, unfortunately, this year the event has been cancelled. We are all living differently, working differently and shopping differently, and so now (although they are sort of work in progress) my first generation brooches are available on our website shop.

#8 yellow sqaure. Length, 7 cm.

I’m new to making brooches but old to working with clay and have found the combination of novelty / familiarity very favourable to creativity. Somehow it’s easy to be playful.

Some potential brooches, at greenware stage, before being fired.

I have many unanswered questions like “are they nicer glazed or un-glazed?” and “which shapes do I prefer: straight or curved edges?” The answers will probably come through making more. At the moment it doesn’t matter, I just need to put in the hours and let them evolve.

#17 piano. Length: 5 cm.

#1. Length approx. 4 cm.

#9 length approx. 4.2 cm.

I would love to come up with a more elegant solution to the backs. I have used commercial brooch backs and araldite: strong and practical, but amateur.

brooch backs.

I will give half of the proceeds to the mental health charity, Mind. I’m aware of the huge strain lots of people are under at the moment, including our youngest daughter who had been recovering from anorexia but is now back in hospital.

My brooches have been joyful light relief for me during lock-down; I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them.

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After a shockingly long hiatus, we’re about to send some new work to CAA. We have concentrated on the new unglazed coloured clay pieces. This work started a year ago with our British Ceramics Biennial entry then we showcased it  earlier this year at CAL. I think it is some of our most successful  work in combining function with abstract graphics. Our design process is always one of gradual, successive fine tuning over a long period. We’ve been honing the colour palette and developing our favourite motifs.

coloured small breakfast mugs james and tilla waters

coloured small breakfast mugs

coloured clay pourers July 14 james and tilla waters

coloured clay pourers July 14

decorated teapotsWe are busy making stock for CAL (Ceramic Art London). These are some decorated teapots drying before their first firing – looking promising but a long way off being “in the bag”. The functional demands on a teapot are obviously great which means they’re difficult to do well.

They should pour well, feel nice to hold; the lid fit well,  be light and balanced – and of course look good. They only have to fall short in one respect to be proclaimed a “second”.

However, if all goes well they could be one of our best products – James’ perfectionist attention to detail in the making and my surface design – that’s collaboration. Now we just wait with fingers crossed.

P1010026In my spare time I’ve been making ceramic beads. These are some of the latest – un fired as yet so the colours will be brighter when finished. I make them by rolling soft coloured clay around a paintbrush handle. My inspiration came from a necklace I saw at Oriel Myrddin made by Lovehate.

I’m particularly excited about the composite ones. (But also nervous that they will fall apart in the kiln). It’s really hard to cut at ninety degrees (a bit like slicing a loaf of bread neatly but more so) which is why some of them have wiggles – I decided to go with it and consider it a positive quality!

james and tilla waters unglazed teapotThis teapot feels like a fantastic example of our collaboration and a huge accomplishment. (I do feel a bit guilty that James has the hardest job in actually making it and I get to do the fun, easy part.)

It is fairly small at 700 ml and unglazed,  like the “naked” set we made last year for the BCB. It is made from pigmented stoneware and the motif is inlaid. We are hoping to have a small range of unglazed porcelain ware available at Ceramic Art London in April.

james and tilla waters teapotMore of our teapots here.

donkeyed coffee cupThis is the next attempt at developing a half-glazed/half unglazed design of mug. It follows on from the espresso mug I did a post about on Dec. 4th of last year. When we talk about the design between ourselves we refer to this sort of mug as being “donkeyfied” as in a “donkey jacket”. It is an idea I borrowed from a range of bags that Ally Capellino produces (I gave one to Tilla as a tenth wedding anniversary present).

What’s different this time? It is dipped in a paler,  lower contrast slip; dipped less deep; black foot.

Tilla still isn’t convinced by this mug. I quite like it. Not enough though – something else needs to happen.

 

James     3rd February 2014

buttonsI spent a day making buttons recently. They are made from coloured clay and are unglazed (like the cylinders). I like working on a small scale and there’s something pleasingly simple – even primitive – about a button.

Tilla   6th January 2014