Thursday, February 19, 2015

Easter at Fortnum & Mason

An Easter Chicken & Egg visual tag that I designed for Fortnum & Mason. They are on the shelves as of this week! Another joyful collaboration from start to finish!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tiles & Tribulations #3

Tiles & Tribulations #3 (Camel)

Another of the Delftware trial tiles I painted, and had fired, at Alby Crafts immediately before Christmas. Again, you can see evidence of the mysterious pooling of the tin glaze around the cobalted corners. That issue aside, the lines could be a little more finessed, and ideally I'd like a greater contrast in tone between the outlines and the wash fill on the design. And of course, this is a very traditional design - I have yet to make it mine, make it a Bommer! But these are small things - otherwise I'm pretty happy with the result.

Images are the tile before firing, and the transformation that high heat in the kiln can produce. The fired tile has been 'aged' with a few random knocks and a good rubbing with ash and charcoal to reveal the craquelure.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Address To A Haggis

My latest limited edition screen print celebrates 'Scotland's favourite son', the 'Ploughman' poet Robert (or Rabbie) Burns, and in particular his famous 'Address to a Haggis', the first verse of which is reproduced here. The young Burns here enchants with praise the noble and 'great chieftain o' the Puddin'-race' - before promptly dispatching him. A mouse - his 'wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie' - looks on.
Burns' birthday, the 25th January, is celebrated internationally as Burns Night and marked by a supper including Haggis, Tatties and Neeps (and much Whisky) and this rhyming toast.
This 2-colour print measures 42 cm high by 30 across (A3 - a standard frame-size). It is printed on 300 gsm Heritage paper in a strictly limited edition of 35, signed and numbered by the Artist. The print can be yours for £85 + P&P and is available for purchase through my BigCartel online shop and from other reputable outlets.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tiles & Tribulations #2

Tiles and Tribulations #2

Another of my recent ceramic Delft Tile trials. This one actually went pretty well - a little of the mysterious pooling and shrinkage that I plan to get to the bottom of evident in the corners, but otherwise, looking pretty much like the real McCoy (or the Dutch equivalent thereof)!

A traditional Mermaid design rendered in raw (unfired) cobalt. The black specks visible are charcoal powder, used to create a template for painting the image.

The same tile, fired and 'aged'. Note the desired craquelure on the finished article - Result!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Whitstable dash

A lightning visit to the Print Block in Whitstable Harbour to proof my latest screen print and sign a batch of Printers Proofs, and then drop in on the In-laws. Always a pleasure and an inspiration!

Tiles & Tribulations #1

Tiles and Tribulations #1

They say that the Course of True Love never did run smooth. That's as may be, but let me assure you, its as nothing compared to the Course of Glazed Ceramics!

However, I'm pretty happy with the progress I'm making, despite the setbacks. Here the particular glitch has been a pooling and distortion around the applied Cobalt Carbonate glaze - there are various possible reasons why this might have happened (I have been well informed by those in the know) and shall address them all, one by one.

Here, a Triton delft tile, before firing. The smudgy black dots are charcoal, used to 'pounce' the design onto the tile from a pricked stencil, or spons.

Here, the same Triton delft tile, after firing. The glitch is most evident on this particular tile. I am investigating ways to avoid it as we speak!

Art Angels

Ah! Look what came in the post t'other day! 

My first collaboration with Art Angels - my Tourettes de France design now available as a greetings card, and my Cockney Alphabet in green as gift wrap! I am delighted!