My name is Yvonne Smith, I have been interested in ceramics for 6 years. First inspired when I took a course at Fremantle Arts Centre, W.A., then truly bitten by the bug continued back in England, going to a tutor every week and recently starting to work at home whenever I have a spare second. Every day I am entralled with the endless variety and possibilities of working with clay.
First pieces using the new stoneware clay - the texture is quite rough, so I don’t think I’ll be painting any designs on them….however, they are perfect to finally try out the initial stamp a friend made for me last year out of an old chess piece.  I’m pleased with these (2 mugs, jug, sugar bowl and larger bowl at the back).

First pieces using the new stoneware clay - the texture is quite rough, so I don’t think I’ll be painting any designs on them….however, they are perfect to finally try out the initial stamp a friend made for me last year out of an old chess piece.  I’m pleased with these (2 mugs, jug, sugar bowl and larger bowl at the back).

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
ancientpeoples:

Faience hippopotamus 
Hippopotami were feared by the Egyptians because these animals are very destructive and dangerous. By making these statues the Egyptian hoped to controle those dangers and keep them at bay. The lotusflowers painted on the animals are symbols of fertility and the marshes where hippo’s mostly stayed. The goddess Taweret is a pregnant hippo and was worshipped by pregnant women to protect their unborn child. 
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, 1960 - 1878 BC. 
Found in middle Egypt, Meir, Tomb of Senbi II
Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Faience hippopotamus 

Hippopotami were feared by the Egyptians because these animals are very destructive and dangerous. By making these statues the Egyptian hoped to controle those dangers and keep them at bay. The lotusflowers painted on the animals are symbols of fertility and the marshes where hippo’s mostly stayed. The goddess Taweret is a pregnant hippo and was worshipped by pregnant women to protect their unborn child. 

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, 1960 - 1878 BC. 

Found in middle Egypt, Meir, Tomb of Senbi II

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Monday, 21 April 2014

Picking vegetables at the Eden Project - St Blazey, Cornwall, England by franieK

Picking vegetables at the Eden Project - St Blazey, Cornwall, England by franieK

Saturday, 19 April 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
I realised I’d run out of clay yesterday, bank holiday looming, and local supplier closed closed until Tuesday! Cue panic! Ordered a bag at great expense online and then found a lady a couple of miles away who had a small stock. Came home with a bag of the most gorgeous plastic clay ever! Scarva Earthstone - check it out.

I realised I’d run out of clay yesterday, bank holiday looming, and local supplier closed closed until Tuesday! Cue panic! Ordered a bag at great expense online and then found a lady a couple of miles away who had a small stock. Came home with a bag of the most gorgeous plastic clay ever! Scarva Earthstone - check it out.

mmepastel:

Attention attention regardez bien !
Ces pots de lait sont en céramique. Je les trouve géniaux. Ils sont signés Hanne Rysgaard. J’en veux un. C’est obligé.

Sageceramics :-

Love these - this lady is based in Bristol I believe.

Thursday, 17 April 2014
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Bought these Mexican tiles in Edinburgh a couple of years ago and have been wondering what to do with them ever since - just loved the colours.  They fit perfectly into this old seed box so the plan is, to paint the seed box, stick the tiles inside somehow, hook on the back and on the wall they’re going!!

Bought these Mexican tiles in Edinburgh a couple of years ago and have been wondering what to do with them ever since - just loved the colours.  They fit perfectly into this old seed box so the plan is, to paint the seed box, stick the tiles inside somehow, hook on the back and on the wall they’re going!!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Really nice using stuff you’ve made yourself round the house. (vase and tea light holder).

Really nice using stuff you’ve made yourself round the house. (vase and tea light holder).

 
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