Catherine Daniel Ceramics

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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

How to Mend a Broken Heart

These are the latest versions of my hanging heart decorations. They are purposely made in two pieces and then sewn back together again with thread. I like this idea as it is in keeping with the patchwork/textile influences at the root of the work.

If only it was that easy to mend a real broken heart!
I then veered away from the patchwork idea and made a few flowery hearts, using my own handmade stamps to impress the design into the clay. These little bits sell well and are quick and easy to make and fill all those little corners of the kiln so that no space is wasted.

Packing a kiln tightly is an art in itself. Its a bit like a giant game of Jenga or Pick-up-Sticks (do they still make that game?). Anyway, sometimes accidents do happen and the large Christmas angel below suffered a bit of a blow to the head ... which basically decapitated her. So, she didn't get fired and is just sitting there with her head tucked underneath her wing!

I can mend broken hearts but this is quite simply a write-off.
Hey Ho ... some you win, some you lose.

Talking of winning and losing, check out Driftwood's Blog to win a fabulous give-away. I hope I win as I need cheering up after my angel lost her head.


  1. oh dear, poor angel, I hope you win to cheer you up xxx

  2. I don't know if you know each other but you both have a lot in common :)

    Why not to make a whole serie of "angels who lost their heads" ?

  3. Love the hearts, they are so pretty, poor, poor headless angel.

  4. Aw. Poor angel. Hearts are beautiful.

  5. Poor little angel. I like the stitched up hearts, what a lovely idea.

  6. Catherine- I love your bits of pottery for Christmas- especially the mended hearts. The way you mix your colors makes is quite fun and lively. I like the idea about making a whole series of angels that have lost their heads- funny.