Saturday, August 7, 2010

GPS or Tea leaves?



New work for this month includes these 'pathway' mugs, I was thinking about how many decisions and choices we make every day, most we don't even notice, some make grocery shopping a nightmare but just as many are about the type of people we are, or think we are and where we want to go in life. I started to imagine having a morning cupppa that helped make some of those decisions for the day, perhaps I should make some for those smaller choices as well...cereal or toast...car or train...heels or flats...










I also finished those vases, these
2 worked well





























...this one looks good from the outside, however inside is a different story, it's covered in what I can best describe as 'boils'! I must have not let the slip settle enough before I poured it, another hard lesson learned!





















I've been making brooches for a long time but have recently though that I would develop some more jewelery designs, partly because it gives me access to different markets, I can sell more through places like Etsy as the postage costs are not as high as for pots, and of course there is always space in the kiln for small pieces so firing costs are minimal. These dragonfly brooches are the first step down that road and I have lots of ideas for pendants as well, so watch this space!

5 comments:

ang said...

wow thats a big commitment from a morning cuppa!!! nicely done alison...:P

Rhys said...

If you class all those "decisions" as "value judgements" then the process becomes fun, I think; and now the motif on the morning cuppa cup becomes quite important - you have the responsibility to design an inspiration! A BIG commitment!

:-D - Rhys

sunshine gb march said...

those mugs look great! love the aesthetic as well as the idea. truly art - in a mug form.

Alison Arnold said...

Oh my goodness, I'm feeling a sense of responsibility I hadn't expected, I just hope that the users don't feel weighted down by pressure from their tableware!

Erin Lykos said...

Love these mugs Ali! Great idea.