I threw this piece a while ago and you may recognise the large form from an earlier post. Sometimes I have an idea of exactly how the design is going to work on a piece and sometimes it’s just a feeling. I knew I wanted to try somethings a little different with this one and decided to decorate it using two different types of butterflies and three different flowers. I’ve never done this before and I wasn’t sure if the colours would clash or would look a little messy together.
After covering the form in slips and marking out the design I always begin and finish the base decoration. If it’s a large piece I cover this with paper to protect the detail from little bits of clay or colour becoming attached while I complete the rest of the cutting out. If it’s a large piece like this one I have to stand and you can see me here with the form up turned in a ceramic chuck so I can draw and colour the periwinkles.
Here you can see a close up of me starting and finishing a rose keeping the rest of the form covered so I only see a window of the design. This can be tricky and I have to keep checking I’m sure of the right colour before I apply it to the area.
I was a bit surprised to find this piece took me over 90 hours to finish all the decoration and it was a struggle to keep the clay damp enough to work on. The final unveiling from the cling film revealed the finished design and I’m really pleased with how this has worked. I will now leave it to dry slowly under plastic for a month before I fire. I have titled the piece ‘A summer’s day’ and I hope it invokes that gentle glorious feeling of flowers and butterflies blowing in the wind on a late summer’s afternoon.
This piece will be travelling to Cambridge as part of my show which is taking place from the 6th of October until the 28th.