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Monday, 29 March 2010

New work - penguins

I've had a productive and enjoyable weekend working on my penguin series. On Saturday I threw some thick porcelain bases and then altered or added on different landscapes from my imagination. The images shown here are quite geographical - mountainous, lakeside and volcanic. You can see elements of the Giant's Causeway on the first image. I intend to dry these pieces slowly then fire and glaze them. The glaze will be a high gloss white and my own special aqua glaze. When everything has gone to plan (! - it could be a long and painful process until I'm happy with the results) then the penguins will arrive and investigate their new surroundings. If you'd like the have a look at some finished penguin pieces then take a look at my website.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

New Ceramic Course

I've started running ceramic courses from my studio at Islington Mill, Salford. These courses are an introduction to ceramic techniques and cover hand building and throwing. The course has a maximum of two people and are held at weekends from 10-4pm. I'm enjoying these courses as it allows me rediscover techniques that I've used in the past and to share my facilities and ceramic knowledge.

If you would like to book a course or find out more details then please check out my website.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

The smallest gallery in the world?

Apologies for my late post. I have tried to direct my website mail through Outlook Express which sounded really easy and beneficial. Alas no, my messages are going somewhere but it's a secret place that I'm not allowed to know about! Aargh!!!! Three days trying to find out but I'm still none the wiser.

Anyway, back to the post. I have an acrylic box in my living room where I display items that I've collected on my travels and such like. Currently showing in the box are some glass cups and a decanter from the Ultima Thule series by Tapio Wirkkala. Is this box the smallest gallery in the world? I really like the work of Tapio. He had a great understanding of materials and design.

Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish designer and sculptor, 1915 – 1985)

“All materials have their own unwritten laws… You should never be violent with a material you’re working on, and the designer should aim at being in harmony with his material.”

Ultima Thule

‘An exclusive design reflecting the thousands of hours spent perfecting the glass-blowing technique required to produce the effect. This distinctive classic from the 1960s contributed to Iittala’s international breakthrough. The patterns gradually change as the glass burns the surface of the wooden moulds.’
Ref: http://www.iittala.com/

Sunday, 7 March 2010

New shop on Folksy

What a glorious day!

This week I set up a shop on the craft shop site, 'Folksy'. Here you can see and buy work that I have been selling at craft fairs and that is not available through my website.

Check it out on: http://www.folksy.com/shops/BeverleyGee