Catherine Daniel Ceramics

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Monday, 4 March 2013

If I Ruled The World ....

.... Every day would be the first day of Spring! 

And then I would blog everyday instead of hibernating for two months til the sun came out again. Sorry people!!
And today, here, is really the first day it has truly felt like Spring.  Glorious sunshine, milky blue skies, but still a bit nippy.  Not only did I emerge from beneath my quilt today, but I even ventured outdoors for a long walk and took this photo to prove it!

I have been having a well-earned break from the pottery, but the orders are starting to come in now, so I must get back in the studio and crack on.
I have not been completely pot-free though.  This is a plate I made for my lovely Aunty's 80th birthday in January. Regular readers know how much I enjoy making these, and it's all the more special when the person is someone close to you.

The wet clay stage - impressing lace flowers into the border.
Once fired, and glazing almost complete, ready for second firing.
And Hey Presto!  Out of the second firing and looking good.

My Aunty likes baking!

And Knitting
And staying in her caravan by the sea!

The seaside here is Bridlington on the East coast where I spent many a childhood summer holiday and so in turn did my children.  
See!   I'm looking forward to Summer already, now that I've come out of hibernation!  

Now - I shall pay a much belated visit to all your blogs to see what you've been up to.

x Cathy


  1. Oh fab, Cathy, I just love that plate, and I'm sure Auntie Elsie will love it too. Had been wondering where you were, was about to email you to make sure you were still in the land of the living. Good to be reading your blog again.

    We're back from NZ about 2 weeks - feeling the cold but enjoying the sunshine. If you pootle back through my post from New Zealand there is a lovely photo of your 'It's always ourselves we find in the sea' plaque actually insitu on Kit's wall! They are so thrilled with it, it's the first thing you see when you walk through the front door. Catcha!Lx

  2. Welcome back Cathy!
    I think your Auntie is going to love her plate, I love the design and all the personal bits you've included - and it's amazing how the colours come out after firing - thanks for showing how you go about making one, its fascinating.
    We've had a gorgeous spring day here too, and I've managed to be outside either working in the garden or dog walking for most of it. Heaven!

  3. It has been a very difficult grey Winter that seems to have gone on for ever- today it has felt like we are turning the corner at last. Was wondering how you were,good to know all is fine!

  4. Hi there,

    Thanks for your comment on my failed attempt post - I'm happy to tell you that actually, I am there! It has taken a couple of years and three attempts but I now have a place on a teacher training course and am still to be interviewed for another! I wrote a post about that on my other blog here -

    the post you read is a copy from that blog, from 2011 - I've just started the teacher training blog and am filling in bits from the past couple of years so I have a complete record of my journey. Soon I'll get on to waffling about this years successes and then I'll begin training later in the year :)

    That's a lovely plate for your aunts birthday :)

  5. Gorgeous plate! I think I'd get on very well with your Aunty Elsie - we have much in common. Eleanor xx

  6. That is a beautiful plate, such a lucky Aunt you have. How long does it take to create one of these plates? I think I would like to order one for my Mum's birthday in September. Glad to see you blogging again.

  7. Great plate.I just love your pottery.

  8. Thanks so much Cathy for your lovely comment on LillyBo Quilts. I'm glad I popped back to you and thus spotted Auntie Elsie's super plate. So special, quite a treasure!
    Jo x

  9. Wow - your plate is completely divine! The detail is so very beautiful.

  10. Glad to see you back!!

    The plate is beautiful!!!!

  11. Wow! I've just found you re your comment on my blog and am SO IMPRESSED with your pottery!!!

  12. The pottery is just absolutely amazing. I wish you were here locally; I'd be putting in order after order.

    No spring here yet in North Carolina. In fact, they are predicting a chance of snow this coming Wednesday.

  13. Welcome back, Cathie. I have been wondering where you went to. Glad to hear all is well.

    Spring is shy about coming. We still keep the wood stove going at night. And there is the potential for more nasty weather in the near future.

  14. Beautiful plate, I love the flowers all around it. What a lovely gift for your Aunty!

  15. Mischief, that's what we've been up to! Your Auntie's panel is quite delightful - I'm sure she loved it!

  16. Can't wait for the days to get warmer and things coming to life in the garden. Your Aunty is going to love that plate. I'm always suprised how things look boring until the final glazing, and they turn into a swan!!

  17. Thanks for the comment over at mine! Wow, that plate is incredible! I've never seen anything like it - it's amazing!
    Jones x

  18. Hola Cath!!! Do you read spanish? Soy Fabi, de Argentina. Encontré tu blog leyendo Attic24. I love your potter! I' m a psychiatrist and a ceramist too! What a great idea to do patchwork with clay!!!
    I become a follower!
    See you soon!

  19. Good to see you back !!!! I don't know if it is allowed to stay away for so long :)

  20. What Bozena said ;)

    I just love the colour palette in your work :D

  21. Oh what a lovely plate and a caravan by the sea sounds lovely. We enjoyed a foggy walk this morning and it is now raining both cats and dogs. Come on Spring, pleeeaaase get on with it.

  22. Glad your back with more colourful posts!

  23. I have nominated you for a Liebster award as I love to read your blog!

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