Work in progress on Sheep for a Sheep yarn bowl. Almost all modelled subject matter that I make are cast into plaster moulds so that in the event of the design needing to be remade I don’t have to start from scratch. Detail is not required on these Sheep for the mould as the detail is added to them once they have been positioned on the bowl. Another photo will follow. email@example.com
Sketch of a forthcoming Octopus design yarn bowl. This is a custom bowl that will be glazed in strong vibrant colours and where the tentacles are employed to good use … holding knitting needles and curiously reaching to grasp the wool as it leaves the yarn feed. This is the first time that I will have made a bowl that holds needles as well as holding the working yarn. Further photos to follow… firstname.lastname@example.org
Lock and key cutout yarn bowl. A simple yarn bowl glazed in brown and off white. The cutout design also has small ornamentation around it. This bowl is available. £45 GBP +P&P available at earthwoolfire.etsy.com or via email@example.com
Dragon yarn bowls freshly glazed in purples and pale greens. This popular design of a Dragon emerging from a cave is modelled around the outside of the bowl. The Dragons wing is protecting its eggs and it’s sweeping tail is curled around the yarn feed to the left of the Dragons head. Lots of delicious detail to enjoy with this design. Made to order on earthwoolfire.etsy.com and via firstname.lastname@example.org at £75GBP +P&P.
Quill and ink splodges cutout yarn bowl glazed in black and white. The yarn feed on this simple design will make it appear as though the yarn is being written when it is pulled from the nib at the tip of the quill. This bowl is available at £45 GBP +P&P on earthwoolfire.etsy.com or via email@example.com
ccsjewelry asked: I love your work!! It is so beautiful! I have only worked with stoneware clay, does earthenware clay feel different when making pottery with it?
In my opinion earthenware clay is softer to manipulate than stoneware. To be honest the only noticeable difference I have found is that earthenware feels more ‘sensitive’ to throw than stoneware. It all depends on how soft or firm the clay is at the time you are throwing or manipulating it. I like throwing clay that is firm because it is less likely to give me a problem warping or collapsing when I’m on the wheel. When I am modelling clay I prefer it to be soft. It is a personal choice what type of clay you work with. I have tried all clays over the years and got bored with the technical chemistry aspect of preparing glaze recipes for stoneware pottery. I am no chemist. Stoneware glazes don’t excite me because they look dull. As a ceramic artist I expect pottery to visually excite me with cheerful bright colours. If the look of a pottery item doesn’t excite me then it is unlikely to excite others and in turn might not sell. This is one of the main reasons I like earthenware as fantastic glaze colours are readily available these days off the shop shelf. Alan EWF.
Biscuit fired yarnbowls ready to be spray glazed in different colours. I use white earthenware clay mainly because the glaze colours are always vibrant against a white background just like paint is upon a white canvas. I also prefer working with earthenware because it is a low firing clay which is cheaper to fire than its more expensive cousin stoneware clay. Low firings are also kinder on the elements in electric kilns which will last a whole lot longer than kiln elements repeatedly used for stoneware firings. firstname.lastname@example.orgIn reply to knittingneedlesandninjastars …Bisque firing refers to unglazed porcelain ..Biscuit firing refers to unglazed earthenware. Thank you. Alan EWF.
A pair of food serving bowls glazed in an aqua green gloss glaze. I don’t usually make kitchen pottery because it doesn’t interest me like making other types of art ceramics. The bottom line is that handmade kitchen pottery may look great but it isn’t cost effective to make because of the competition from mass production that dominates the market. I will make it occasionally if I feel like it …and if there was enough interest in my making them. email@example.com