Saturday, 25 February 2012

Creative Play: Bryony Burn workshop

Today I've had great fun with ceramist Bryony Burn in her lovely Herefordshire studio.  I stock a little of her work in my shop so it was a great opportunity to gain an insight into how the work is made.

 Firstly we had a little go on some test pieces, mark making using an assortment
of tools & cutters...

Then explored applying the coloured slips...

After rolling out the clay - creating lots of patterns!

It's really enjoyable to work with a soft material for a change instead of resistant metals, although some of the repeated patterns are similar to those I apply to my copper & brass wall pieces.
Next came the coloured slips, I've used grey, white & black..& maybe some yellow!?
I can't remember so it will be a surprise!
After cutting to size the 'platter' was placed into a bowl to create the form
& will be left to dry before firing.  All of the spare pieces have also be used:
Either for a wall hanging or I might frame the discs?

After lunch we moved onto a different method of working: slab building. (Forms inspired by Bryony's work of course!)
After applying the coloured slips again (orange & grey this time)
I then scratched through to further decorate the bird designs.  I've put different images on both sides of the pots & the opposite colour slip inside each one.
When fired the base will be white. 
I should get the pieces back in about a months time so will post the finished results.  Bryony often runs workshops & classes so check out her website for future dates - I'd really recommend the day (fab lunch included too!) & would be tempted to take part again.

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