Tuesday, 15 December 2015

My first attempt at pottery

Those of you who read regularly (thank you :)) may remember me mentioning that a friend of mine had offered me the chance to try my hand at making a pottery poppy seed head. It took us a while to coordinate a suitable time, but I am finally able to show you my first ever attempt at making something from clay.

The initial shape. In retrospect, it probably should have been more bulbous, but .....

The top section

Assembled together and decorated

A close up before going off to be dried before glazing and firing 

I was surprised at the glazing paints as they don't look anything like the colours they end up as once fired. If I hadn't been able to refer to a paint chart on the laptop, I wouldn't have known at all! As blue is my favourite colour, that's what I went for of course. Multiple coats later, the pot was ready to be fired in my friend's  kiln in her garage. (I know, how lucky is she!) 

And here is the final result ready to be popped onto a metal pole and 'planted' in my garden. Ideally, I have another two as these things always look best in groups of three..... 

 I'm really pleased with the results and of  course I now want another go! 


  1. It's great. What makes it special is that you'll never find another identical one! I love individually crafted items. It'll look very pretty amongst things in your garden.

  2. That is a good first attempt. My first ones were chunky but got a little finer as I learnt, but on my course, it never became a favourite craft.

  3. I love it!!!
    The colour is gorgeous.

  4. wonderful, its a brilliant creation all made by your fair hand :-)

  5. I really like the dappled blue - it will look great in your garden. Jx

  6. I think you've found your new vocation. It's absolutely brilliant, both the concept and colour. 10 out of 10

  7. I absolutely love it. If you ever get fed up with it send it to Brixham xx

  8. I absolutely love it. If you ever get fed up with it send it to Brixham xx

  9. So wonderful. And three will be perfect.
    Glazes are funny. They do not look like anything like the final color.
    I used to have a kiln. I miss it very much.

    cheers, parsnip

  10. That is gorgeous. I have a real 'thing' for poppy seed heads, they are just so tactile and you have captured that perfectly!!