My goodness it’s been a very busy few months! Casting, fettling, glazing, making handles, i’ve been up to my eyeballs in water, dust (don’t worry, I wear a fancy mask!), slip, glaze, alumina, rain, mud and tea, but it’s all been worth it! FINALLY, my glazes are coming out well and my ceramic and woodwork skills are being honed with every visit to my shedio.
I have moved in to the handle-making phase and have encountered a few issues along the way, mainly the layers of ply starting to crack apart, but I have started again with a lot more glue and will see tomorrow whether my new approach has been successful! I have also created a mould to make small handles for my baby trugs, so small scale trugs are close to completion for the first time ever!
I now live in London and commute to my shedio in Lincolnshire a few days a week – bizarre, I know, but it’s a system I can afford right now and it comes with the unstinting support of my parents. No doubt without the constant supply of Mum’s cups of tea and meals, and Dad’s advice, help and tools, I would be struggling to work on my creative ambitions right now. A huuuuge “THANK YOU” to them both is in order!
Whilst not in my studio, I have been continuing to draw and recently updated my other blog ‘Pencilwork…’ http://kayleyholderness.tumblr.com/ with drawings I have completed over the last year. If you get a chance, please take a look and let me know what you think. It’s worth noting that I take commissions for these, all I need is a photograph and a deadline, then I can provide a quote.
I recently worked at Tent 2013, an exhibition that ran during the London Design Festival. I spent some time helping out a friend on his stand promoting Aestheticodes, a design and technology consultancy. If you’d like to look it up follow this link: http://aestheticodes.blogs.wp.horizon.ac.uk/ Aesthetic codes are very exciting – designers have been working with scientists from the University of Nottingham to create a new way of embedding codes within images, these can then be scanned with smart phones and used as a visual trigger, a little like the way that QR codes and barcodes are used. We spent four days at the exhibition showing people how to draw their own codes. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, the experience gave me an opportunity to make some new friends and reconnect with lots of old ones too.
I’ll leave you with some photos to show what I’ve been up to. Fingers crossed, fully finished trugs with varnished handles should be just around the corner! Get your orders ready….