Here's my last favourite product for my 5th anniversary. These lights are my latest addition to my collection. I started to design these last May and first shown the one on the left at Clerkenwell Design Week in London. The mould takes around 15 litres of casting slip. Pouring it in in one go is fun but when it comes to pouring out that's another story (try to lift 15 litres of slip plus 5 kg mould). I've got a little set up to get it out now. Glazing the inside is the same mission, too big to hold. I'm loving my new veneer handles made by @melverdesign cause I'm not good with wood. He's saved me on so many occasion over the past 5 years when I was having midnight studio meltdowns before deadlines. He always sorts me out. He's getting quite good at ceramics as well. Another huge thank you goes to the wonderfully skilled and talented assistant Emma @emmajohnsonceramics Silvia K wouldn't be able to function without these two treasures.
I hope you guys have enjoyed my mini celebration on social media. Studio is still open today from 11-5. Many of my lovely supporters have already visited and I had lots of great surprise visits in my studio. Here's to the next 5 years and ticking those goals on my business plan. Cheers!
Oops, almost forgot. Been busy watching the full moon and drinking wine (yes, I always have a good excuse). My next piece that I love making is this large bowl with leather handles. It's rolled by hand and pressed into a giant drop out mould. The mould is 56 cm and the bowl after firings ends up around 50 cm. It's a beast to get out of the mould, I'd compare it to flipping an enormous pancake while holding your breath, the bowl in one hand and mould in the other. I'm quite good at it now and do it without thinking. Sometimes it's best to get on with it without paying too much attention to what's happening.
Following up on my previous post... this is my second chosen piece(s). These two vessels were part of a collection that I took to New Designers One Year On in 2013 and won the OYO award. It was great and opened up many doors. But that's not why I like this body of work. It was lots of fun painting and carving tiny sgraffito lines until I got orders for too many of them and I got tired of making tiny lines... #terracotta#silviakceramics#Brighton
Here we go. This is my first favourite piece. All my large vessels are derivation from this form. Made in 2012 for my MDes final show at the University of Brighton. There's no glaze on it at all, it's polished and sealed with bees wax. It was pressed into a large two part press mould. The size is H 40 cm W 30 cm, made in terracotta clay mixed with crank clay, and slip decoration. Inspired by a shepherd's wooden bucket. The wooden pole is unknown wood to me. Just a tree branch I found in the park. I took the bark off, sanded it and thought "yep, that will do!" Why do I love it? It was a starting point for me wanting to work on a larger scale. Trying to make the mould for it was a nightmare (I'm still using the same plaster mould - it's my treasure). Oh yeah and it broke on a way to an exhibition.
Gotta admire this organic leafy unwaxed lemon on beautiful #silviakceramics platter. Thanks for my prezi @fedreu. Kiosk stocks the best of #britishstudiopottery . Go get them, Beccy @r_a_c_c will sort you out with all things beautiful!
Original @sarah.a.c.young #monoprint in ink and gold leaf #Minotaur#ariadne thread. For sale at our #studiosale this Saturday 11-7 at #atelier51 £200 Framed!!!
All prints, teatowels and other items will be on sale at at least 20% discount but you have to come to the studio - 51 Providence Place Brighton BN1 4GE. also taking part are our resident artists #Rhodakbaker#silviakceramics @elainebolt - there are some bargains to be had so do come earl!
I have lots of goals, many are small such as roll out clay today for x amount of cups or preparing for an exhibiton or simply making time for some reading. However I want to share a big goal with you all. This is a recent snap from an exhibition #curated by #saniapell Line Up. I would be so chuffed if I was to be featured along side other prestigious makers such as #silviaKCeramics#nicolatassie#drtimwilley#derekwilson#akikohirari and many more. It's small steps and time but maybe one day.
Admiring my Rhoda Baker paper balls from the Atelier 51 pv last night! Open from 12-5 for the next 3 weekends with work by 26 different makers including @sarah.a.c.young @elainebolt @emilykidson @alicewaltonceramics @forgecreative #silviakceramics & lil old me!