Saturday 2 June 2018

Still working - with three days to go!!

It's like a sickness isn't it?  I can't stop making baskets.

This is a produce basket I made yesterday.  So pleased with the results!  Hope you like it.

I leave for Castine in three days - could still make more!!

Thursday 17 May 2018

International Guild of Miniature Artisans - Guild School - Castine, June 2018

I have a little over 2 weeks before I head for Castine, Maine.  I am so honoured to have been picked to be one of the teachers this year - and am running two classes.  One is the market basket which is a 12 hour class - pictured below:

Finished basket

Showning handle detail

The second class is the Old Style Laundry Basket, which is a 24 hour class.  Most of the time will be spent on finishing the basket with a woven border - should be lots of fun!!

Old style laundry baskets

Working on baskets.............

well, a little anyway.  After the Sydney show my stocks were somewhat depleted so I have a bit of work to do before heading for Castine next month.

Flourish & Blotts - off to the Sydney Show

Still have to complete the gate down the side alley and fill it with trash, but these are things I can do a little later.  I'm very pleased with the first of the three buildings I'm doing for my Diagon Alley scene.  The next will be Slug & Jiggers, which is actually part Tanglewood, but I've added another floor on top and a carriage way down the side.  Can't leave well enough alone can I?!!  The third building will be Olivanders.

Anyway, the Sydney Mini show was great fun - always wonderful catching up with various mini friends and seeing what everyone is doing and making.

Tuesday 2 January 2018

My miniature potting wheel..............

has afforded me so much pleasure this past week!  Peter made it for me for Christmas
and I've had so much fun with it.

These couple of photos show the results of my first attempts at throwing a piece on the wheel.  I
used Creative Paper Clay for these which of course, is an air drying clay - and I painted them
with acrylic paint, aged with some pastels and then sealed with a clear varnish.

I was happy with the end results.  I think I'm really going to enjoy working with the pottery wheel!!