• 30 metallic handmade fish wall decor

    Koi carp are very important all over the middle east with some places considering them sacred. They are certainly thought to bring good luck and wealth into a home, and so many people have representations of them. This is my offering in that style. The fish have a wonderful sense of movement, so it is almost like having a living presence. This listing is for 30 mixed colour porcelain fish. Each fish is about 6 inches long, and each one is individually formed by hand. Quite a lot of them carry my palm print on their backs where I hold them to hollow them out. They are attached to the wall by very strong sticky tape which allows you to position them any which way. In the picture I have put them round a bathroom mirror (not included in the listing), in another they are all nose in to each other. If you would prefer not to use the tape I use blue tack or wall putty to fix them to my walls. This makes them easier to move around, and so far has not given me any problems. They are happy in any room of the house including the kitchen or bathroom as they are totally waterproof. Cleaning should be done with a soft damp cloth. The gilded ones can be scratched so extra care should be taken with them This picture is a mixture of glazed, unglazed, black, white and gold, and with and without fins. The prices for each fish vary according to the cost of materials and amount of work. If you have any strong feelings about particular colours or styles please contact me and I will adjust it accordingly. Because I may be making to order there is a potential waiting period of 3 weeks.
  • Handmade blue green mug with gold fish in ceramic stoneware, hand thrown pottery

    This is an adorable small mug with a fish design in gold. Goldfish swim round the the blue green sea of glaze! Each fish, piece of seaweed, or bubble has been painted on by hand. This gorgeous and unique mug was handthrown on a potters wheel in a buff stoneware clay. It is then left to harden up for a while, and when you handle it without it deforming, you turn it upside down and remove the excess clay from the bottom. After that you attach the handle and leave it to fully dry before it goes for its first firing. The first firing is called bisque firing, and is to about 1000*C. The mug is not fully changed from clay to ceramic at this temperature, and it is still porous. This makes it perfect to apply a glaze to at this point, so that is what happens. This mug has 3 glazes on it. Plain matt white on the inside and two different blues on the outside . I like to be a bit splashy with the glazes so you get unexpected patterns and interactions happening. The glaze patterns on this mug are unrepeatable since they are random, so each mug is totally unique. When the mug comes out of the glaze firing, which is to 1250*C it is fully ceramic. Even without a glaze it would now no longer be porous since it is stoneware, and as the name suggests it is really strong and hard. Most mugs are sold at this point, but I wanted to add some gold. I really love the combination of the quite rough and rustic buff stoneware clay, and the contrasting glamour of the gold. They are like fairy mugs to me 😁. There is a lot of work painting the gold on after all the other stages of creation, as well as the expense of the gold itself. So they are not cheap mugs, they are one off works of art, to be loved, and make each drink a special occasion. To achieve this they have to have a third firing. I paint the gold on in a liquid form. It is real gold - 22ct - and is very expensive. The lustre firing as it is called is a lower temperature, just 880*C. Sometimes this firing can affect the glaze colour and in this case it has turned the blues on the outside quite green. Lustre is tricky to apply, and it is always a heart-stopping moment when you open the kiln to see if it worked, or all your time and expense has been wasted. When it works it is like lifting magic jewels out of the kiln. 😊 Because of the gold being real gold it is delicate, and this mug is not suitable for dishwasher or microwave.
  • Handmade high gloss porcelain pot, vase, in blues and greys

    Fine art pot. This was handthrown in porcelain, then layered with high fire glazes. Because of the layering this vase is impossible to reproduce identically. It is very hard to get a good photograph of it, because it is so reflective and glossy. The finish is uniform across the pot, but the high level of reflection make it look as if it has black lines in it. These are the lines from the gaps in the wood it is standing on, and the convex nature of the pot has curved the reflective lines. The glaze is the same all round. The other things you can see in the refection is the window on the right, the round reflector on the left, and me in the middle. I have tried to give enough picture to get the general effect. It is a very beautiful piece that would adorn anywhere.
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    Large Sea Wave Bowl

    The bowl is just a beautiful object of display. I made it by first throwing an ordinary bowl on the wheel. When is had dried a little I carved the wave shape into the rim. This is a delicate business. IF the clay is too wet it will flop, but if it is too dry it will crack. If I broke any of the wave forms at this stage the whole bowl would be ruined. It was then left to dry completely and sent for its first firing. When it came out of the firing it was time to apply the glaze. The outside was easy - a glossy black, so that when you look at if from the side the dark shape of the wavelet is easily visible against the lighter greens and blues of the inside. The inside was much harder to do. I used a series of brush on glazes that are designed to be used together. I wanted to achieve the colours of the sea, and to manage this I used 9 layers of glaze, each one applied with a brush. It was a long and laborious process, but in the end, was completely worth it. It is 24cm (9.25") diameter and about 12cm (4.25") tall  


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