Friday, 8 September 2017

Ceramics late 2017

Three sessions per week for all terms now - and I thought I was supposed to be retired! Below is a selection of work by various students from recent weeks only (it has proved to be too time consuming to keep this blog up as well as my own).

Cup by Stephen Adshead Abstract bowl by Todd Stratton Walking construction by Marco Siviglia Day of the Dead by Adam Recht Textured platter by Julia Mendez

First above is a bowl shape by Marco Seviglia, then a cup by Stephen Adshead, some pieces for a Day of the Dead construction by Adam, and finally a lace textured platter by Julia Mendez.

The top two below are ceramic mosaic wall designs by Francisco Dominguez, then a leaf bowl by Annie Hughes, and a top-shaped pot by John Knight.

Ceramic mosaic by Francisco Dominguez
Ceramic mosaic by Francisco Dominguez


Plate by Annie Hughes Top-shaped bowl by John Knight

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Ceramics in 2015

Two sessions per week for this Summer term. Below is a selection of work by Ana.  The mask is in terracotta clay with added coloured slips and texture.

Angel & African mask by Ana Angel & African mask by Ana

The female African head below is in a dark-firing clay (unfortunately it reaches its best and darkest colour just before melting!) with added patination in white slip.
Angel & African mask by Ana

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Late autumn 2014 ceramics

Back to busy classes, three sessions per week this term. Below is a selection of work by Hilary Wise, Sam Bowhay, Mhorag Forbes and others.

Angel & wreath by Mhorag Oil burner by Mhorag Free-form bowls by Hilary Wise Xmas decorations by Sam Bohay & others Free-form bowls by Hilary Wise Fish shoal by Sam Bohay

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Winter 2014 ceramics

The ceramics classes have always been busy, usually I have had to run a second class each week, however this Winter saw a marked drop in intake; possibly the doldrum (at best) state of the economy, coupled with depression over the fairly-unique flooding situation along the Thames and elsewhere. I post therefore only three pictures, two of Ana working on her bust in low-fire black clay based on a New Guinea 'Nimba' mask of the 20th Century, and Andrea with one of her small but sophisticated coil pots, in a high-fire black clay ready for drying and firing.

Ana working on Nimba mask Ana working on Nimba mask Andrea and coil pot

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Some ceramics in early 2013

I must apologise for neglecting to update this blog - I can only plead overwork. Being on the senior side of retirement age has not meant a reduction in work or in the number of projects I am involved in, for which I am only partly grateful! Another problem is that my photo hosting site (Flickr) has chosen to make changes which I (and many others too I suspect) find difficult to adapt to.
Out of all the excellent work I have seen over the past year or two, I have chosen to show two pots by Ana, and a woven basket by Saho Mumakata, partly because these photos were recent, to hand, and attributed.

Pots by Ana Pot by Saho

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Autumn 2011 Student work.

The Autumn jewellery class produced some nice etched work, together with some photopolymer plate / sintered silver. The yellowish etched items were in nickel silver, rolled, masked with nail varnish, then etched in ferric chloride / citric acid solution by Jenny Smit and Rebecca Gilbert. The white pieces are fine silver, the top-most one was a pressing of silver clay into a photopolymer mold made from a Greek freize design. The lower ones were silver clay pressed by Jess Winchester from commercial rubber molds.
Magda Brzezniak made the plain sterling band with a soldered section of copper tube, ready for setting a stone, in the right-hand photo.

Etched silver Sterling band

Monday, 20 June 2011

Spring 2011 ceramics & jewellery work

The ceramics class was full (it has been on a wave of popularity for some two years or more) whereas the jewellery classes were only sparsely attended (again, a trend of the past couple of years). Nonetheless some very interesting pieces were produced in both classes, pictures below.
The two heads are by Michael Storrs, in porcelain paper clay, as yet unfired. These are followed by an unfired buff earthenware / stoneware clay hemispherical pot with lid (it actually has three small peg-like feet below) by Clotilde Passalaqua, and a selection of fired tiles with slip-coloured relief design by Maggie Boyle.

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Below we have a heavy hammer-finish copper bangle by Michelle Wong, then Anna Galica modelling her brass hammered bangle in our art room, followed by a close-up of the bangle. Finally there is a fine silver (PMC) flower form with ear wire and sapphire crystal by Magda Brzezniak.

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Winter term 2010 - metal work

The current high price of sterling silver grain meant that only PMC (fine silver) items were made this term, along with quite a lot of pewter. Below we have a series of words (and a couple of charms), made by Eleanor Rogers in soft wax, moulded in silicone rubber, cast in PMC then fired and polished. Next to it is a picture of an earlier stage, where the words were cast in coloured epoxy resin together with a PMC charm, and a stamped trinket. Then there is a picture of a very heavy-gauge copper bracelet, by Michelle Chan.
PMC words PMC words bracelet by Michelle Chan

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Winter term 2010 - ceramics

I took nearly 50 photos of ceramic and metalwork made this term, so will have to severely edit them down for the purpose of this post. First there are two small unfired clay sculptures; one of Susanne Esperey-Clarke made by Emily Fussell, then the mean but none-too-lean ram by Mary Winchester (see more of her work and website details below). The third item is a bowl by Mathieu Doublet, with a handsome wax-resist design.

sculpture head Ram sculpture resist decorated pot

It was somewhat surprising that so many ceramic items were made this term, since the unusually long, damp, and cold winter meant that they took much longer to dry than usual. Below are three examples of the work of Marco Toro, an established artist and teacher.

ceramic by Marco Toro ceramic by Marco Toro ceramic by Marco Toro
Next we have three pots by Massimo Saltini; first a terracotta bowl covered with blue slip, scratched through in places to give a fluid diagonal design; another larger such bowl, with red slip, also scratched away in places; and finally the first bowl with blue glaze fired onto it (apparently applied on the green clay).
ceramic by Massimo Saltini ceramic by Massimo Saltini ceramic by Massimo Saltini
Uta Saatz made the next three items; a hexagonal bowl with a variety of textures and colours, two 'shell faces', and finally a small glazed animal form.
pot by Uta Saatz pot by Uta Saatz pot by Uta Saatz
Next we have two bowls (the first is a square pot on spherical feet, and is a lot nicer than the photo suggests; the second has a blue-stained crackle in a yellow glaze) by Melodie Wong, and a ceramic plaque by Rochelle Scrivner.
pot by Melodie Wong bowl by Melodie Wong plaque by Rochelle Scrivner
Below we have a picture of the art room, with Elena Nemtseva finishing off a clay version of a Tetrapak carton before drying and firing.
tetrapak by Elena Nemtseva