Friday, 22 February 2013

Deep Deep Concentration. These are my kiddo's

Its half term, the children's break and mine too if they allow it. 
I always try to get them to unwind and just keep themselves busy for at least two "stay at home days" this invariably includes the usual distractions, garden, Lego, Xbox, reading, (baking, not me!) and with some encouragement something creative usually goes on, although as they get older they know what they want to do, so I try to just let them get on with it.

Ned is making tiny toadstools and acorns from a buff clay, he has decided he only likes the smooth stuff now and won't touch anything that has a coarse grog in it.
 He knows what he likes.

Just look at the concentration!
He makes lovely things but just won't go to it enough, I really have to temp him, then he just gets in the "zone" and he's there for an age, making away with his tiny fingers.

Noah's not so keen on the aftermath of using clay, partly because it means he's going to have to wash his hands at some point, less he does that the better for him, he thinks, grubby littlest one!
He uses fimo clay and spends most of the time warming it up in his hands.
 He is making germs, yes you read it right! germs, the microscopic ones that look quite beautiful under a microscope. There is a photo of them a few pics down.

He is making the lined underside of the mushroom with an old iTunes card.
Yep, hes been watching his mother!

One of Neds acorns.
His little germs are just below the box

Molly doing homework based on Hunterwasser. Line drawings using pencil 
then black liner over the top.

Molly's in the "zone"
She reminds me so much of myself when I was little, I always worked on the floor,
never  at a table, always under one,
and I always used my knees as a rest for whatever I was doing and still in my PJ's as she is.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Low Winter Sun and rough edges at my Work station

A few blog posts ago I mentioned that I had brought some clay inside as it was just too cold to go in the workshop and the clay had just frozen in the bags making it impossible to cut any off.
 So I set up a little nook inside, in the warm where I have a few boards, tools and have been making small things with a new porcelain white earthstone clay, which I have to say I have already fallen for as it is so very nice to make things from.
These little heart cubes are going to be attached to the lids of the tiny
 kraft boxes I have started using with my smaller bowls and jewellery
There is a photo at the bottom of this post of boxes they will be displayed on.

Here is one of my You & Me.. bowls with the lettering just finished.
I like the rough edges at this stage but just can't live with them so they all get
refined and smoothed off at the next stage.

I like the colour of these photos, I have been working at tea time and the
low winter sun has given my photos a warm sepia glow, I will have to remember to take photos around this time again, it makes a change from the cool blue light so typical of England.

These little hearts are quite solid and I have used a vintage button and pressed it into
 these hearts with some lace. They are a nice little size and good for valentines gifts,
I will be presenting them in the little boxes. I have used oxides on the pattern, infact
they are firing now I hope they turn out ok.

Note to self...
Im going to make some extra effort to blog more about my staged
projects and my display boards I am working on at school. Ive been involved with
boards for Drama and Music department and am going to get some pics of the boards to
show you just as soon as they are finished.


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