A few weeks ago I attended a workshop “Painting ceramics” by artist José den Hartog, which was held on account of the Handmade expositie in Museum Boymans. Of course.. I was not satisfied by the result that day. The background was smudgy and too dark. The ‘delfst blue’ color looked purple and too light to see the drawing, which made it difficult to paint:
But how surprised I was to see the result after glazing and firing, a few weeks later! The colors turned out to be perfect with a sharp drawing on top of it. And of course.. looking closely I see a lot of flaws. It was so difficult to make straight lines with the thin pencil. (And I even missed a few lines, did you see them?) So, it’s not perfect, but hey, it’s handmade!
I love the blog of Caroline Sleijffers: lillelykke. Every post is another: “Oh”, “Ah” and “Wow..! She ‘s able to pick up the latest trends or the original DIY ideas. Today I found these new beautiful ceramics via her blog! It looks like vintage Scandinavian ceramics, but it turns from the 2013 collection of Arabia. It deserves a place in my own digital cupboard as well!
This post doesn’t really fit with the concept of my blog: posting about the beautiful things around me. But, fair is fair, I also post about my creative excesses, and that just doesn’t go together with beauty all the time. So, here is the result of my baking failure of yesterday. This morning I immediately saw that the colors of the result were worse than the previous two times I experimented (see here and here). Worse! If only I saw a little bit of progression in this learningprocess, this would’t be problem. But, worse than last time.. Should I continue? Yes, I’m convinced it’s possible to get control over this simple old kiln I own. Next time I’m going to bake on a lower temparature and most important: not with my most beautiful piece of ceramic.
I’ve bought this beautiful cup & plate from the Danish illustrator Paul Høyrup for Nymolle on Etsy. I can’t find any other illustration of him (besides the ones of the same ceramics line), so that makes me even more curious about his work.
So nice to see another interpretation of reused vintage plates. From Little Owl Design.
Last weekend Jens got ill, this weekend it´s my turn. Luckily, the kids are having a great time at their grandparents house, so we were able to sleep untill 10! Although I´m still having a terrible headache, I try to ´enjoy´ this free moment as well. Yesterday, I filled up the kiln and saw the results this morning. And just like earlier attempts, I like the bright colors of the ´before´ photo´s better. It seems every color fades away and turns into blue-grey. But apart from the comparing, they turned out quite nice.
If you do like blue and grey, and don´t mind a few minor flaws..I would love to make you happy with this bowl or plate! Leave a message this week (untill next sunday) with perhaps some tips or just which of the two you like best. Perhaps next monday it will be shipped to your adress!
I like the fact it´s still light when I´m cycling home from work. Spring is in the air, or am I being too optimistic now?
The tulips in my home also contribute to my good mood. And suddenly, from a different angle, (because it´s not really common for me to stand on the dinertable), I saw the ressemblance. Now I know where Björk-Forth got inspired by:
Finally, after looking a lot at the beautiful ceramics of Nina van de Goor, I decided to buy one of her new plates. This time it was for my own good that I´ve waited so long with ordering. I happened to be the 500th buyer from her shop, and Nina decided to make something especially for me to celebrate this! Today I recieved my happy treehouse plate and present: an illustrated matching cup and saucer. Great, isn´t?!
The current post of mamutopia, inspired me today in an unexpected way. Maartje posted about the cd of Eefje de Visser she was listening to. I was impressed by the design and illustrations of Eefjes website and her cd-booklet. It turned out to be the work of Iris Deppe. (The also beautiful typography and layout of Eefjes cd is from Larisa Wiegant.) Iris´ work shows a wide variety of projects she works on: websites, cd-booklets, postcards, illustrations for magazines and so on. I think it would be great if you can make beautiful things without the limitation of just one medium. Here are some nice picks, but there´s more interesting stuff to see on her website.
Then, looking through her portfolio, I discovered we had a mutual interest and that we´ve even met before! Iris also joined the workshop illustration on ceramics by Kim Welling, I attended a while ago. Back then, I liked the idea of the design she was going to make for here ceramics. She took a drawing from her childhood and transferred it into a design to put on her plates and bowls. I didn´t see the result of her work untill now. It looks so nice! Great that an old drawing can inspire like this!
About meI'm Carly, living together with Jeroen, Hidde (5) and Jens (3) in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I like art and design (from illustrations and ceramics to interior) and also giving it a try to give my own creative ideas a chance. Of course you can mail me!
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