Ceramics for the textile focused crafter

For the last two years, I have been going to evening classes to learn more about the challenging skill of ceramics. Ceramics does not come easily to me, but perhaps this is why I'm drawn to it.  I struggle to roll out coils for hand building with any consistency, my slabs seem to come out lopsided even when I use guides, I glaze unevenly which causes crazing, and I grapple with the wheel on most occasions.  But there is something so absorbing in the processes involved in ceramics, and when one item comes out better than expected among the multitude…

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Wabi Sabi – embracing the beauty of natural imperfections

Wabi Sabi – the Japanese art of embracing the beauty of natural imperfections – is something I’ve stumbled across this month. Wabi Sabi in craft terms appears to be finding the beauty in the handmade elements.  I wish I’d discovered this art while I was learning ceramics earlier in the year as I could have defended my wobbly pots when compared to the much more symmetrical looking results from other students in the class!  It’s nice to know there is a philosophy which prizes the uneven glazing, wall thickness and overall performance of the complex ceramic process. I’ve also explored…

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My college of handcraft
My craft studio

My college of handcraft

Hello! Welcome to my blog. The goal of this blog is to charter my journey through my own rather roughly laid out 'craft school'! Last year, faced with yet another temporary job coming to an end, I decided to apply for a part time position instead.  Sure, not the best option when you are renting, have no savings and your boyfriend is due to finish his PhD in the next year! Okay, so this may turn out to be a financial mess in the end!  But on this occasion, I have decided to follow what I want to do and enjoy,…

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