Diploma assessment over – phew

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So the assessment is over and, although I have no idea if I did well or not, I am fairly confident that I have made it onto next year.  They certainly didn’t tell me that I had not!  So I have packed it all up and brought it back to the studio. We spent a day making shelves and also improving the lighting in the studio ready for the next Open Studios and I have managed to find homes for most things but it looks a bit like squashing a quart into a pint pot.  I will either have to sell a load or be very ruthless and chuck out the bad stuff.  Always a difficult decision.  Anyway, at least I have a bit of space in my head now to concentrate on the various commissions from the last event and I have already got cracking with those.  So if you are waiting for something, fear not.  I am on it at last.

Expermenting with porcelain slip and magazine paper.

Stained porcelain over magazine paper.Enamelled porcelain over magazine paperMajolica and magazine paper.
I have been having a really interesting time recently experimenting with porcelain slip and magazine paper so here are a few of the more successful results. The challenge has been to create pieces which are strong enough to hold together but fragile enough to look as if they might float away – too much glaze and they collapse in the kiln, not enough and they really do blow away! Here are a couple of examples of some of the more successful results. I would love to know what you think.