A few weeks ago, wonderful mum and I went to a ceramic workshop at Katherine Fortnum Ceramics in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Her workspace was lovely, the other 3 participants were lovely, Katherine is lovely and a very good teacher, but I was ill. I was having a really bad time of it and perhaps I shouldn't have gone, but I thought it might cheer me up. Hmm. When will I ever learn than depression can't be cheered up.
We were making a ceramic bird feeder in the shape of a bird. Now, I only get pigeons in my garden and I don't want to feed them, so I thought I'd just use it as somewhere to put pretty things on display. We were using earthenwear clay and started with a big ball, flattened on the bottom. We added a tail.
And a head. At this point, things started to go wrong as my tail kept sinking, I held it up with a plastic bag, but I should have made it smaller and thinner.
Next we started to carve out the wing shape using the tool you see in the photo above. We had to go in from both sides and carve very carefully.
After this I have no more photos as at this point both my head and tail started to fall off and I got frustrated and upset with it. I went outside to have a ciggie and Katherine fixed it the best she could. When they were finished, we glazed them, but again, I have no photos.
I think we collect them in a week or two so I'll show you the results then - I'm expecting my head and tail to have fallen off and possibly for the body to have collapsed...