Over the past few months I have waffled on a bit about a number of different sources from which I have received material to include in my vessels. This week, I have decided to give you all a rest from waffle and simply update you.
The material was given to me by the gas men working in the road outside our family home. I have begun using it and the results so far are great. I have only made small so far but will be going large any time soon hopefully in time for Handmade in Kew
Meanwhile, given that I cannot stick to anything for too long I decided that for the material brought to me from Ashtead Clay pit A Man Walks into a Studio and . . . I decided that I would change the design a bit and go all cylindrical. The finished pieces are great and I think there will be more of these too before I arrive in Kew Gardens.
So that’s it for a bit, folks. Next Sunday I leap on a plane and fly west for a few weeks. Vancouver, look out, I am on my way! I will blog again in October. Hope you can bear to get by without me.
This week I had a meeting with a client about a commission that I am doing for her. We were discussing the decoration for the interior of the piece. She had previously provided me with several architectural plans and I had spent a while trying to work out which to use. Now she had some better plans and she also had a map of the area which is the subject of the piece. This meant that we were both in danger of becoming a bit overwhelmed by choice. We tried out all sorts of combinations; she was so attached to the story behind the commission that was hard for her to decide what was the most important part.
In the past I have done very simple and, with equal success, included lots and lots of information all overlapping. So which is best? And how am I going to glean from a client which one they would prefer?
The problem is that until the images have been transferred onto the piece it is impossible to see how they work with the piece. It is only when the transparency reveals the drawing and its relation to the markings on the vessel that you know if you have got it right.
A brainwave struck me as I was grappling with this. I need to be able to see the impact of the drawn lines before I order the decals. Why I didn’t think about it before I do not know but I am off to find an online stockist of transparent film which will work with my antiquated printer right now!