taking shape

For my sins I spent half a day at Ikea this week searching - amongst others -  for shelves to kit out that little studio of mine. Came back with some (still feeling halfway human - phew). They are now making themselves useful. 

Threw - that's potter lingo for whacking a lump of clay on the wheel and shaping it into a pot whilst the wheel is whizzing round - a load of bowls which now have to dry out completely (hence the shelves) before going into the kiln. That takes AGES - there's too much moisture in the air.

Did I mention that I now live by the sea? I love really wild weather. Took this photo the other day when it was nice and windy. I know it's not funny when bad weather causes hardship. But I can't help finding high and gusty winds exciting. I also love the colours of sand and shingle beaches, the sea in all seasons and the endlessly changing colours of the sky. I'm dreaming of getting those shades onto my pots. Here are bowls and beakers with my latest glazes.

I think I'm making progress :-)) 


  1. I love those glazes, I can definitely see the colours of the sea and sky in them :)

  2. Those glazes are exactly the colour of the sea and the sky at this time of year!

  3. Oh, I adore beaches too. I am envious of you living close to the sea. I love the colours in your pots - definitely reminiscent of beaches x

  4. Oooh i love those glazes - all the shades of blue against the grey are so reminiscent of the sea and sky. I love dramatic weather too, its exhilarating isn't it! :)

  5. They look beautiful, really stunning changes in colour. Well done for surviving IKEA too

  6. I love to see the waves crashing on the rocks and shingle, I love the noise too. Your glaze colours are perfect.

    Jan x

  7. Lovely pots, and I do like your photo of the waves.

  8. I love the seaside too, my other half, who grew up at the seaside just can't understand why I love it so much. Your pots and sea shot are gorgeous!

  9. beautiful pots and lucky you for living by the sea, that's my dream. What kind of kiln do you have?

    1. An electric top loading kiln, Wendy. Not too large so I can run it off an ordinary socket. :)

  10. Hi Mecki,
    Thanks for your comments on my blog; especially your suggestions on my craft fair experience.
    I love your work and especially these beautiful pots and cups! I think you really hit the mark with the glaze: they make me think if the sea too.
    And I hear you on the Ikea thing... I lost a child there once. Never been so scared in my life (it all ended well but it still makes me shudder).



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