Tuesday, 15 December 2009

I can't believe how busy it has been!

The Christmas rush is slowing a little now, as most of my customers are in the US. I had a little help today from a Japanese work experience student Kozue, and finally feel like I am getting up to date... She was great, really lovely, extremely helpful, and an extra pair of hands was appreciated! She helped out with some gift wrapping and sorted out some of my stationary so that I now feel free to actually make something- I haven't touched any clay in weeks!! It has been non stop admin and parcel wrapping round here, and it has been great, but there is some creative frustration bubbling away under the surface... watch out for some new pieces early in the new year...
I have a happy story today! - someone showed me a photo at theknot.com which is of two of my bird bowls which were used as ring bowls at a wedding - here it is...

It is such a huge compliment when someone uses my work for such an important function, and is a rare treat to see them in use. Thanks also to the lovely Ai Ling Liaw of Ling Photography, St. Paul, MN who was their wedding photographer. I was really touched. I have had a bit of a run of this lately - here is an image of a ring bowl I made for a very lovely lady's wedding recently. So recently in fact, that it is on a plane on its way to Australia as I write...


I used a silhouette that they provided of themselves, and recessed it into the clay. A slight toasting can sometimes occur in the kiln around the glaze, and on this one I think it gives a fitting, warm glow around the bride and groom. I felt that it added to the piece, and I hope they will agree. Ring bowls are definitely something I am considering doing more of in the new year! It was lovely to work with them and create a piece that they had some input into.

So with things calming down here a little, I am hoping that I might just get a little Christmas shopping done by the end of the week :)

5 comments:

Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics said...

Glad to hear you've been busy too.

I know the feeling... I haven't touched any clay for weeks either, and I know I won't get a chance until the new year now! My head is bursting with new ideas at the moment, it always seems that way when you have a bit of a break.

Love your wedding pieces, such a nice idea. I'm sure the couple will love it!

Charlotte x

Robin said...

wow your bird bowls are gorgeous...Love your blog..!!

Elizabeth Prince Ceramics said...

Thanks guys - hope you have a great Christmas!

Knock Knock said...

Oh wow - I love that silhouette ring bowl!!

Elizabeth Prince Ceramics said...

Thanks for stopping by Ngoc - I just saw the images Ai Ling did of you guys - wow is all I can say! They are unbelievably beautiful :)