Sunday, 29 May 2016

Speed Craft #1 - Ceramic brooch

Last month I was telling you about the Speed Craft day that me and my mum went to at Debbie Bryan.  5 tables, 5 different crafts, 45 minutes per craft.  You can read about table 5 here, table 4 here, and table 2 here.  I've had to do them out of sync as 2 of the crafts had to dry / be fired and collected later.

Today I'll tell you about table one which was ceramic buttons with Katie Almond.  We've taken classes with Katie before, making a 2-tier cake stand, a set of plant pokes and brooches and at the last Speed Craft we may little ring bowls.  This time we were to make a set of buttons, or a large brooch.


I chose the brooch.  It's about 2" diameter and is made of porcelain.  The above photo shows the brooch pre-firing.  I used a papercut to roll the pattern into the clay, then added punched out flowers and a heart.  This time I found it a lot easier to use the glazes and I'm really pleased with my painting.


What I'm not so pleased with is my photos of the finished object.  I just couldn't get a close enough photo where it wasn't blurry or a white mass of light!  I really need to do a photography course, but you know what?  Photography just doesn't interest me.


Here are a selection of photos anyway to give you an idea.


This one includes my feet.  I hate photos with feet in them, especially when the feet are neatly together and posed, but none of the feetless-photos worked at all. And anyway, I had a pedicure 2 days ago, I can get away with it!


I couldn't resist taking a photo of Colin lying in a patch of sun.  I have been out in the garden checking on Harry and Kate every 10 minutes (they have just been bonded and came home, so I'm keeping a close eye on them in case there's any fighting) and each time Colin just got longer and lower and more relaxed!

Only one more Speed Craft post to go, but I'm going to post about something different first!

10 comments:

Christine Barnsley said...

What a pretty little brooch! I really love it! Cute photo of Colin too! Hope your health is improving! Christine x

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

That is a really pretty brooch and your feet look nice too :)

Rachel said...

It's turned out beautifully. I see what you mean about the photos of the finished piece, but anything white and glazed tends to be problematic to photograph, and I've no idea how to solve the problem!

Jane Galley said...

oh, that's pretty

margaret said...

that is a very pretty brooch you have made and like your set of photos, very nice toe nails too!

Liz E said...

Nice brooch! A lot of folks seem to get decent results taking pictures with their phones. I have an inexpensive Panasonic camera, and with just a little patience it takes pretty good pictures. The main thing is making sure you don't have too much or too little light. You don't need to delve deeply into it, sometimes an automatic setting gets you where you need to be.

Magpie Sue said...

I know what you mean about needing to take a photography class in order to get better pictures but not being interested in taking said class. I feel exactly the same way. :-) Pretty brooch though!

Sarah in Stitches said...

It's so pretty! Great job :D

Sandra :) said...

Cute brooch - cute pedi - cute Colin - I hope Harry and Kate are getting on?

Sandra :) said...

Sheesh - I hope Harry and Kate are getting ALONG, not getting on!