alithea: (Pottery)
I seem to be acquiring a yarn habit. To help finance it, I'm trying to shift some more of my handmade ceramic pendants - check out this blog post for details of a Valentine's special offer. Thanking you :)
alithea: (Pottery)
I updated my blog - new bead necklace making, knitting and future projects. Am debating what to do with it - give it a make over and post multiple crafts despite the pottery-specific name, or just start a new one. Of course, either option will probably be updated once in a blue moon so I guess it doesn't really matter...

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Aug. 15th, 2011 03:56 pm
alithea: (Pottery)
It hasn't happened in a while, but I finally got around to updating my pottery blog with some more thrown bowls I made before my college class ended.
alithea: (Pottery)
Mostly for [ profile] rosathome who commissioned some:

pictures of buttons and rambling about the joys of things not coming out how you expect )

I also have a pile of porcelain stuff, including these buttons and a stack of pendants so I'll be updating my pottery blog at some point. Anyone know of a good online source of silver findings for jewellery making, preferably in the UK? These definitely need something more delicate than the steel jump rings I used for my stoneware stuff.

alithea: (Pottery)
I made buttons - they are on my blog here. [ profile] white_hart has already laid claim to the set on the bottom left of the photo, so if you want one of the other sets, let me know (£4 for the 3 large ones on the top left and £4.50 for the 4 smaller ones, plus postage). ETA: only the other larger ones left now!

I have two leaf wall decorations to photograph and post too but the light is really crap here today due to fog and I'm still debating adding some gold enamel paint to both of them.

I also have these ivy leaf pieces for jewellery but I need some silver chain and earring fittings to make up the set. I'm wondering whether to do the earrings as studs or fishhooks - would you wear danglies that were only coloured on the front? I couldn't glaze both sides because the holes are too small to go on the bead rack... Although having said that, I suspect I may well end up keeping the set for myself, which means I'll probably go for studs anyway. The bigger leaf pendant just needs a little bead and a leather thong I think.

My tutor has us working with porcelin at the moment so I've made a load more ivy leaf pendants with that to experiment with stains and glazes, and brought some home to make beads over the weekend. And I've also been working on a vase made from 4 of my pressed moulded panels, which will hopefully be ready for biscuit firing next week. So all in all, I finally feel like I'm making some progress again this term, shame classes finish at the end of April!
alithea: (Pottery)
New blog post featuring the press moulded lantern and leaf mask from last year is finally up

Yesterday's return to class went well and apparently the college are thinking of offering an HNC in ceramics next year when we are based at the new campus. If it happens, and that is quite a big if because my tutor has said she won't teach it on her own, I'll definitely be interested in doing if I can wrangle it around work. It's likely to be 2 days a week apparently, which should be doable if I'm still pretending to be an academic by then ;)
alithea: (Pottery)
- Off to pottery shortly. Am thoroughly leaf obsessed at the moment. I discovered new glazes buried in the cupboard before xmas and they turned out wonderfully on a leaf mask thing I made (it was supposed to be a Green Man but it's not awfully face-like apart from having eye and mouth holes) so now I'm thinking of trying a leaf wall plaque similar to the expensive ones I saw at Potfest for the living room, and being tempted to break my rule about no more jewellery (except beads)... Must update my pottery blog with pictures.

- Am about to be reminded just how spoilt I am as The Boy is working shifts for the next 12 weeks. I have to cook my own dinner tonight and get the bus to t'ai chi and I won't be getting tea in bed tomorrow morning (I did say I was spoilt!)

- A letting agent has bought 2 flats in the building and is doing them up at present so we have the builders in nextdoor. The Boy got chatting to them on the stairs this morning and apparently the close is getting professionally cleaned, the security door is going to be fixed and the roof is going to be looked at. Happy-making stuff, I hope our guttering will get fixed too!
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*Twitter is a very strange thing - one minute I'm reading loads of worthy liberal campaigning stuff and the next I end up wandering into a love-in between random actor-types in LA... Did you know the guy who plays Damon in The Vampire Diaries has set up an environmental charity?

*I finally found someone who procrastinates more than me - Ben Goldacre. I wish it wasn't so hard to get into science journalism, I want to get paid for ranting about (mostly) science-related stuff online. Especially just now because I have an essay on food ethics rumbling around in my brain, inspired by a combination of stuff I'm doing for work (carbon losses from chopping down the rainforests to grow palm oil, soybeans etc) and observations on a friend's veg*n ethics, which unfortunately isn't enough work-related to justify spending the time on at the moment.

Also, completedly unrelated to this post, but I must really get around to updating my pottery blog!
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The Boy is the sort of person things happen to. I don't know quite how he manages it. This week, he had lunch with Brian Cox (the actor not the Professor) and got hit in the mouth by a hailstone, which managed to break a filling and crack one of his wisdom teeth. Cue neither of us getting much sleep on Tuesday night because he was in agony :(

On Wednesday, I just about made it through pottery, although all I did was glaze a bunch of beads (don't get excited, they need to go in the kiln on their own so whether they'll be fired before xmas is anyone's guess!) and manage to rub what I later realized was probably Norwegian Blue glaze over something thinking it was iron oxide... that'll be interesting when it's fired! And we did make it to t'ai chi because we didn't want to miss the next section of the 108, but I yawned all the way through and Kev was high on painkillers!

Yesterday, we caught up on much needed sleep with a long lie-in and then pottered into Broughty Ferry, intending to buy a rug or two for the flat from the Gillies clearance sale but it turned out the style we wanted was still Very Expensive, so instead I bought a denim skirt, a brown and cream tweed skirt suit and a copy of Wolf Hall from various charity shops. Which I think neatly proves [ profile] mimmimmim's theory that if you give stuff away, good things come back to you :) Although, the skirt suit needs some work as the jacket could do with being cinched in a bit at the waist while the skirt is too tight (strange really given they are the same size) so I think I'm going to hack it off at the hips and redo the waist band. We really need to get the sewing machine fixed!

Today, I need to have a good crack at the much overdue report for Tim, although the fact that I'm typing this with a Gizmo laying over my right arm is not going to help on that front...
alithea: (Pottery)
My ceramics stock page is now up to date

I'm quite chuffed, I have two parcels to take to the post office this afternoon and quite a bit of other interest, and my blog has had more hits today than ever before (even if most of them are [ profile] stylishly_yours peeps looking at [ profile] white_hart's bead necklace).

I really must do some actual work now however, lovely as it is to sell things I've made, it is never going to pay the bills... The college fees maybe, but never the bills.
alithea: (Pottery)
Another ceramics blog update, showing off the finished bead necklace I made for [ profile] white_hart.

Also, I have stacks of pendants sitting around gathering dust so I'm offering free 1st class UK postage on all jewellery orders of £10 or more. Personally, I'd like to ban all mention of it before November but I know hyper-organized people who are already doing christmas shopping so if you want something a bit different for a friend or family member, or a treat for yourself, why not consider a piece of handmade ceramic jewellery?

Here are some pretties to tempt you:

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I've actually updated my ceramics blog with pictures of the raku pieces I made before the summer!

Also, I've been playing with beads for a choker for [ profile] white_hart, this is my favourite so far:

And I have my termite mound vase completed too! Not very termite mound-ish any more now that it is blue and grey rather than raw clay coloured but still. Photos to follow, I haven't managed to get a decent one of it yet. For the past 3 weeks I've been working on a candle lamp using 4 of my press moulded panels stuck together with sections cut out. I can't check on it next week because the college is closed for half term *fingers crossed* it won't have cracked while drying out.
alithea: (Pottery)
I haven't written much about pottery since I finally got back to classes back in December but it's been going really well since I got back in my stride. I was thoroughly thrown at first by not being allowed to work on my own choice of projects but actually the change did me good. Having a new tutor gave me a different perspective and reminded me that I took pottery up for fun and as an artistic outlet, not to make stuff to sell. So while I still have plenty of necklaces lying around if anyone wants one at any point, I've started to redo my craft blog so the focus is much more on blogging about pottery rather than trying to flog stuff. I've finally put up the pictures of the first set of wall plaques I've made using my plaster press mould this evening and I'm planning a series of posts covering some techniques rather than just showing off finished pieces. We are doing raku now so I've been busy making rough tiles and things as test pieces for new glazes and this afternoon I made another two wall plaques to try raku firing, threw 3 pots on the wheel, and started making a mask. Raku pieces aren't waterproof or food safe so I'm working on some more decorative pieces. Next week we get to make our glazes and then the first week back after the Easter break will be the first firings. Very exciting!


Mar. 10th, 2010 02:48 pm
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I am declaring it to be spring, although having my lounge window open didn't last long because the traffic noise started to grate on my nerves immediately. However, it is lovely and sunny, much milder than it has been, and the crocuses were in full bloom when I headed up to the college earlier.

Also, I finally have something to show for having spent 3 weeks making a plaster press mould last term, but photos will have to wait because I've come home early from class to get on with some work.

As you were.
alithea: (Pottery)
Looks like my pottery instructor will be holding some classes at her home workshop so *fingers crossed* I will get my pottery fix after all, although delayed by a few weeks while she gets it sorted.

In less good news, I feel really rather rough today and am concerned I am coming down with the lurgy again :( I am really fed up of recurrent viral ick. Maybe I'm just going to have [ profile] thebirdwoman's cold from spending Sunday evening over there. That wouldn't be too bad, it was probably worth it for the lovely dinner she cooked ;)
alithea: (Bones (made by seeaseye))
Short work contract came through, unexpectedly full-time, so I've been a bit snowed under. Still, the money will be good :)

Pottery has finished for the summer hols but I still have some things to put together and my next big project is photographing everything and getting it for sale online. I finally picked up the other painted stoneware pendants I'd been waiting on for months yesterday evening, so they will hopefully be going up on my blog over the weekend.

Was very good last week and did 60 lengths in the pool twice, but haven't really done any exercise at all this week :( Flat wrangling was achieved at the weekend though, in that the kitchen has been re-arranged, and it is loads better for it - looks so much wider with the fridge at the end of the units and my mock dresser (old pine desk with narrow shelves sitting on top) opposite the sink instead. Bathroom has temporarily stalled due to lack of suitable wood trim for the top of the tongue and groove, but hopefully we'll start the painting soon.

Last weekend also involved a cycle ride in the pouring rain, which reminded me of some of the ones i did as a kid during the school holidays, and we finally got to meet baby Samuel, albeit it fleetingly. Not sure what will be happening this weekend - apparently the weather is going to improve (the rain is lashing down just now, and has been on-and-off all week!) so hopefully we'll manage a countryside excursion for Mid Summer.

Oh, and I highly recommend Stephen King's Dark Tower series to anyone who hasn't read it yet; I'm on book 5 and loving it (and there are only 7 in the complete series incase you were concerned).
alithea: (Spring (from nomnomicons))
I'm in a contented little bubble at the moment because I'm not actually unemployed until a week on Friday but I don't have any work to do until the funders come back to us with comments, which won't be this week because our contact is on holiday until Monday (yes, for once in my life I submitted something earlier than necessary!).

Weather is rather lovely, sunny but still cool and too early for hayfever. Pottery is back on after the Easter hols tonight so I get to catch up with my girls and get my hands dirty :) I have a long To Do list but it's all domestic stuff or pottery-related, like updating my blog with new photos, setting up an online store, and emailing a guy about making him goblets and stuff for LARP.

In other news, we are once more a car-enabled household so are plotting an outing at the weekend to celebrate. At the moment I'm torn between Perth, Elcho Castle and maybe a walk in the Moncrieff woods, or St. Andrews and either a coastal cliff walk or up the Tay estuary to the ruined monastry. Need to start getting out and about in the countryside at the weekends again. And doing some exercise! The only damper on things is that my t'ai chi instructor appears to have quit since I last made a class back in January - I hope she isn't ill or something, must find out what has happened, I was going to go back next week :(
alithea: (Pottery)
My new pottery blog/website is here - I would very much appreciate it if [ profile] thebirdwoman, [ profile] catfink, and [ profile] wendelah1 would comment on my opening post or about page to say how pleased you were with your pendants - thank you muchly!

I've had fun and games getting my head around Wordpress but I hope you think it looks okay. I've got more pages than posts up at the moment, but I will be blogging there too once I have more time.

Now I just need to get some business cards printed for Amy to give out at the event - I thought I was going to get some utterly bargainous ones online and then realised having them printed and sent out in time was going to almost triple the price :(

Oh, and actually do the job I'm being paid for...
alithea: (Pottery)
[Poll #1364896]

Please bear in mind that the chosen name will be part of a web address, so shorter may be preferable. Also, I don't want to use pendants or jewellery, for example, because I also make vases, goblets and other stuff, which I may want to try selling at some point too.

ETA: Thanks for the help, the wordpress page is under construction now, I'll post a link when it is up and running :)


Mar. 13th, 2009 01:50 pm
alithea: (Spring (from nomnomicons))
It was so mild yesterday, despite being really windy, that I walked home from the pool with wet hair and no hood on, so I've decided it is time to banish the ice berries for a few months and break out a spring icon. It's looking quite spring like around here - my clivia is in full bloom, I have pretty little tete-a-tetes flowering, and the tradescantias have been at it too, and the mystery pink thing is still full of flowers! And the park is full of crocuses, still a bit early for daffs up here though, I think. Also, we can tell it is March because Gizmo has decided 5 am is breakfast time...


Back to the to-do list anyway, have been too distracted by pottery-related glee the last couple of weeks.

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