Chilling With Ceramics

5 Feb

Aaaah what a lovely evening yesterday, with a small group of people and local ceramicist Esther Ley at Waun Wen and Brynmelyn Community Centre. Esther and I are running arts sessions for the next few weeks for Swansea University (see below). Esther has devised this cracking one-off session for people to make their own porcelain cup and spoon. The pictures show, from the left, smoothing the interior with a weird spongy thing; trimming the edge of the cup with an old store loyalty card; and decorating the inside with tiny, tiny alphabet pasta. This participant spelled out Waun Wen. Fair do’s, it wasn’t easy using those teeny, fiddly letters.

The First Stages

The first four stages of making a cup

From the left, rolling a ball of porcelain clay; squidging it up the plaster mould; squidging it up some more; smoothing it to get it as thin as possible.

Still Time To Book A Place

If you fancy coming to one of the pottery sessions, there are a few places left for people who live in or near Waun Wen. Message me, but hurry up, they’re going fast ….

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

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