Friday, February 20, 2015

Scorpio Rising (again)

The black leather jacket has been the siren of cool for decades. As some or you know I ride a Sportster Harley Davidson and that means I get to hang out in the biker world from time to time. This involves a lot of cruising about in the sun and going on long trip to buy petrol.  Spain is a good place to do this and the groups of bikers who congregate here are the same the world over, so is their apparel. Although here in the heat, they do tend to rip off their sleeves, but the colours and the back patches still blaze out.

Leather jackets were first made in the standard issue sense as protective warmth for pilots in World War 1.  It was a logical step for the long jackets to be shortened and adapted with wind-fighting belts, buckles and asymmetrical zips for motorcyclists and they made it part of their identity ever since.  I am investigating, with this work, the biker jacket as a form of armour, the individual identities of the wearers is also very clear. They are like charm bracelets for bikers in many ways. Interesting too are the performance and stage jackets worn by musicians and actors, they are like magic cloaks, but in the same way a biker wears his jacket to afford some element of invincibility, so too does the performer.  

Monday, February 9, 2015


Huge FAB plate not yet fired. I am hoping this one will go into a box frame!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Work for the New Pot

I am starting to work out the new pot on edible and poisonous mushrooms. There is a long way to go, but the pot is built and quite a good size at 45 centimeters. More updates as they come. Waiting for this book below to arrive, a fairly rare edition and took forever to find, 1894.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Have you seen your Cat

Have you seen your cat? (He's my cat now and he LOVES me.) Another cat head for the "Wall of Cats"

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bird in the Astrolabe

I am quite startled by this plate; I wanted to do something with planets for this bird, but not realistic illustrated planets (maybe that comes later). So I looked at Astrolabes and sky maps as a starting point. Then I reinvented a completely fictitious night sky for this bird to rule over.

To me astrolabes are completely captivating; I think it is the idea of holding something so small that is the key to something so vast in your hand that starts the magic off. It is a Greek word and it translates to mean “Star Taker”
The astrolabe is a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time. Then when you have sorted out the time you can use the astrolabe to show how the sky looks at a specific place at a given time. It was not usually used to navigate, but more as an instrument to find out a specific the time of a celestial event.

A very good explanation of the astrolabe here from Wikipedia 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

More Bird

I am managing to get a bit more time on this bird today. Actually getting any time in the pottery is proving to be very difficult at the moment, but weekends are easier for me to get some hours in. So here she is and below with red stripped socks on. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Bird Starts Life

Day one. Very fast drying on the plate (hot day) has allowed me to get a base white on the background and loosely paint in the outline for the next bird.  Start on feathers tomorrow.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bird in Black Stockings

A new plate of quite jazzy colours just off the bench measures 20 centimeters across.  This plate starts what I hope will be another series of small and large plates of birds "what I have known". There are another three on the bench waiting for paint tomorrow.

The temperatures are in the high 30’s Celsius here and tipping up to 40 on Wednesday so the clay needs very little time to get to the right dryness for working on. The house is nice and cool and so is the studio.  There is very little light in the house as a result and I am back to the swathes of sopping wet towels in the studio to try and control the humidity.