I’ve been looking at lots of mid-century ‘fat lava’ pieces recently… and a Sgrafo Modern item from my collection (pictured). I’ve also found myself quite taken again with one of my own pieces. There is something about the slightly lumpy off-putting texture of this vase that works really well with smooth furniture. It’s supposed to look a bit like a mushroom!
So I’ve been putting all my energy into making my new place habitable…. Here are some of the first results! There is possibly more filler than actual plaster left on this wall and Dad did a great job with the sander. The carpets were a major milestone. The paint is an optical grey that I chose because it is very receding.
Work continues on this tapestry; I’m working copper coloured paint and thread onto a calico backdrop that I hand-painted in taupe and dyed with a pale blue wash.
On the landing window: A print by Robert Jones titled ‘Edgelands’ and one of my wobbly pots with winter branches.
The sunlight moves around to this window in the evening
Some bathroom pieces and my hand-mixed paint colour, a flesh tone that I’ve affectionately named ‘Nanna’s Girdle’
I discovered this applique technique just before finishing the course and I wish I had had more time to explore it further. I also developed a new style of lip with this pot by thinning and cracking the dry clay. I had previously discovered that glaze Antique Pewter produces a green verdigris colour when mixed with ordinary white glaze, so I applied it over white glaze to produce the green colours on this pot.
I admit I’m getting too much mileage out of old stuff recently (this is from 1995) but I am posting this to set the bar; I really want to get back into regular practice with water colours.
Maureen Lipman consoles her grandson in this classic BT advert from 1988.