Christmas is Coming

Christmas is coming, the pigs are getting hot!  O sorry, no, that’s wrong isn’t it.  I think that I am suffering some kind of melt down post Open Studios and, as a result, I find myself messing about in the studio.

I was rummaging about looking for moulds to play with and I came across a piggy mould.

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Covered in slips and using all kinds of clays.

Now as an inveterate saver I have always believed in incentivising people to save and what better way that to give them a piggy bank for Christmas?  Since Klay have taken a stall at the Burgh House Fair on 4th December, I thought that maybe I should think Christmassy for a while and so I got making.  The trouble is, I am pathologically unable to make ‘sweet’ and hence a litter of subversive little pigs was begun.  I have used strange clays, covered them with mono-printed slip decoration and thrown all kinds of glaze at them.

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Serious cracking!

Inevitably, there have been casualties along the way – adding a think layer of Vulcan black slip to a gentle, porcelain pig was bound to end in tears – but two of the litter made it through the first firing and were looking pretty smart so I threw some random glazes onto them and fired them right up to 1230.  Well you can either

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Poor piggy! I don’t think Vulcan black slip fits well over porcelain!

live or die trying in my book!  The result – pork crackling!  Just one pig, the one which didn’t have a mix of slips to begin with, has come through unscathed.  Actually I think it is better than unscathed.  The mix of slips and glazes has caused some incredible blistering and now I am at that difficult point where I am trying to decide if enough is enough or whether I should be adding to the subversion by putting decals all over it.  Hmm . .  decisions!

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This little piggy is going to market.

 

 

Along the way I have also made a pile of tiny little tree decorations which can go to Burgh House but of proper making, there has been little sign this week.  I think I need a few bracing walks on the beach to restore my mojo.  Cornwall, here I come!

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Bridget Macklin

I am an artist working in the field of ceramics creating fragile porcelain pieces which are inspired by the environment or by peoples relationships with the environment and with each other and which often incorporate finds to support their narrative.

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