Florence Meade

Things I Make and Do

Category: Pottery

Still Life

Inspired by fat lava

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!

A perfectly ordinary 1950’s semi…

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.

Copper toned tapestry, a work in progress...

On the landing window: A print by Robert Jones titled ‘Edgelands’ and one of my wobbly pots with winter branches.

One of my wobbly pots and a print by Robert Jones

The sunlight moves around to this window in the evening

Light 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’

Some bathroom pieces and my hand mixed paint colour affectionately named 'Nanna's Girdle'

A still life at Beaujeu

Meadow flowers with ivy and olive sprigs, a bowl with a river smoothed pebble and a piece of irradiated quartz. Watercolur and bodycolour on paper
Cropped

New Pot – Flowers and Yellow

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.

Verdigris and Flowers

New pot – White and Verdigris

I used Antique Pewter and white glazes to produce the verdigris effect, which on this particular pot is more of an aquamarine colour than the mossy green that I always seemed to get thereafter.

White and Verdigris 2

Black Urn

Black Urn

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.

“Anthony people will always need plates”

Maureen Lipman consoles her grandson in this classic BT advert from 1988.

Chimney

Chimney

This 37cm high coil pot was made in soft clay in under 2 hours. Coils were dashed together with a wooden tool and textures developed more in the top 1/3 of the height. A semi-metallic glaze was applied in 100% and watered down proportions.