New batch of neriage cups made this week. They're thrown from off-cuts from layered nerikomi bowls and plates. I've started adding some kneaded mixed offcuts, the light brown colour, and some fresh clay, the grey, to make throwing them a little easier. If they're made entirely from offcuts, sometimes it's impossible to centre in a short time, because the clay isn't uniform. If too much time and compression goes into centring the clay on the wheel, then the offcuts begin to merge and blend. If not centred properly then they'll likely collapse before reaching full height. I much prefer distinctly seperated twisted patterns with no or little merging. With each batch I improve at this balance. It really is quite comforting knowing that the latest batch made is probably the best in terms of craftsmanship.
The piece central was my favourite of the batch. It's very difficult to know if it'll remain that way once fired. The clays will be black and white, and with the addition of a glaze line the balance of colour could completely change what subjectively looks good.
I've one more order to finish off before I head to the airport to pick Cheryl up. It's been a great weekend in Ducketts Grove, lovely to see everyone. The studio will be back open next Saturday with both myself and Cheryl there. I will be in the workshop working on a bespoke project bright and early.
NAVRATRI 2017 Day 4- EVENING PART III My #ootd is a fabulous 12 year old cool Grey #kanchipuram#silksaree with dainty floral creepers in jarugeh(zari) on deep maroon double borders. This too was part of my wedding purchase from Pothys in Chennai but for my dear Mother in Law. I had personally chosen this #saree for her and she was overwhelmed by the magnificence of the pattu(silk). She wore it with it's own blouse a couple of times but found it very heavy for her frame. After her sad demise in early 2008, my athai(aunt in law) handed over this sari back to me saying 'you are the rightful heir to this'. I too wore this on a couple of occasions when my athai suggested to do something with this sari to suit my age. She thought it made me look old! Thankfully my good friend @chhaya_mehrotra_official did a wonderful job by enhancing the sari colours with a gorgeous Turquoise shaded narrow raw silk strip on one end of the border and a faded mauve raw silk strip embellished with tiny pearls & turquoise sequins on the other end. She picked up the faded mauve from the inner tassels of the saree end and only then I realized that this was a dual shade Grey! Faded mauve and pale white threads woven together to create this pleasant Grey with a tinge of mauve purple dhoop-chhaon effect! Not only was the sari transformed but Chhaya made me the perfect blouse for this 😊 And here you see the results! Now that's a damn good designer and her design sensibilities! See how beautifully the colors work together? And of course the stunning jarugeh pallu! Uff! 😍 Please swipe to view the pallu motif. This certainly is a hi quality Kanchi Pattu as my amma says that original Kanchi silks should be heavy and wrinkle free despite multiple wears or rubs. This is one such sari 😊 (Not that I don't love my soft silks!) #indianweaves#indianwear#festivaloutfit#handloom#handwoven#sareeindia#sareelove#sarees#sareeblouse#iwearhandloom#craftsmanship#design#designer#sareeborder#kanjeevaram#grey#ninedaysofthedevi
Donation from - UTE DECKER @ute_decker_jewellery
Title - Minimalist Geometric Torque
Description - sand texture, matt with burnished edges in 100 recycled silver
About - "just as the silence between notes in music is vital, I strive to create harmony between the solid form, minimalist lines and the empty space within and around them to magnify the intensity of expression." #designerjewellery#design#jewellery#craftsmanship#giving
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The auction for @auctionforaid closes this evening at 10pm. Just a few hours left to make a winning bid for one (or more!) of the pieces which have been donated by both UK and US jewellery designer makers. All proceeds to go 'Help Refugees' and 'MOAS' (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). #designerjewellery#design#jewellery#craftsmanship#giving
I wear this piece so often that some of the Japanese seed beads have lost their coating, changing this piece in #subtle , beautiful ways. If your eyes can see the difference there are over 10 shades of (different) seed beads in this section alone. I think because people aren't used to seeing my work, or #craftsmanship like this they don't know that every single bead is chosen, counted, and deliberately placed. That I've beaded since I was 8 years old and have a lifetime of knowledge behind what I do (and I'm still learning). People ask me if it's tedious and the answer is always "no". What's tedious is people's attitude laced response when I tell them it's not for sell, or after they push me to give them a dollar amount, are visibly annoyed with the answer. Or asking me to sell my work for pennies on the dollar. I rather keep my shit for FREE, than let someone who doesn't understand my artistic worth strut around the world in my fly ass beadwork for all to admire. #shameless#idgaf#mine#noregrets#seedbeads#beadwork#beading#beaders#folkartist#expert#professional