Catherine Daniel Ceramics

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Little Houses Quilt Block Bowl

I've called this one 'Little Houses' but it is adapted from this pattern which I saw a few weeks ago on Rachaeldaisy's Blue Mountain Daisy blogspot.  She lives in the Blue Mountains about an hour outside Sydney, Australia - so you see how far this little bit of inspiration has come!

All the way to Norfolk, England - which has no mountains whatsoever  -  of any colour! 


Obviously this is a pattern meant for quilts, but ... you know me!  I loved the little houses round the edges, and got to work measuring out my own version onto a slab of wet clay.



Once the design is marked out, I flip the whole thing over (tricky!) to put my potter's mark and stamp and date on the underside of the piece.  My potter's mark is a 'C' and a 'D' overlapping and was one of the first homemade stamps I ever made.


Then I pushed the piece into a lined mould and worked on the edges.


Then, once the clay is bone dry, it goes into a bisque firing kiln - you can just see it underneath all the other bits sitting on top of it.


 Twenty four hours later - out it comes, ready to glaze.


Once glazed, below, it is ready to go back for a second firing.  The raw glaze colours do not reflect the finished colours - thankfully!


And then another 24 hours, until it's completely cooked, and out comes the final piece.


I am really pleased with it. I decided to make the pointy bits look like a sunburst, as I think it's a lovely, sunny, cheery design.

Thanks to Rachaledaisy and to the inspiration to be found in all corners of Blogland!

x Cathy

26 comments:

  1. This is a delight. I love the way you translated a quilt design into pottery....and those little houses! Yes!

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  2. Absolutely love it.Hoping to get up to Norfolk in September...might have to come home with some ceramics...

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  3. Ah this is lovely, Cathy! Clever ole you! Yes, sunburst works - Ive just had a look at the original - I'm guessing they're meant to be trees. You could mix and match!

    So, another good one for the pot, as it were! Lx

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  4. I love this, so very very pretty. :-)

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  5. I love this! And wonderful to see your creative process.

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  6. That's so pretty and great to see the different stages involved.

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  7. I LOVE your bowl!! Everything about it is absolutely brilliant!!

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  8. Wonderful bowl. I love the inspiration and the adaptation into another medium. Nice seeing your process as well as the finished bowl.

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  9. This is gorgeous! I love it!

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  10. This is a great translation in a different medium, well done you!

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  11. It's delightful to see how inspiration circles the globe! Such a lovely translation of the quilt pattern to clay.

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  12. Just brilliant! You did a beautiful job with this - so much fun!

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  13. I'm always very impressed with people like you who work with colour but have to cope with the colour going on looking completely unlike it will look when finished!

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  14. Wow! I am so impressed, this bowl is beautiful.

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing how you do your work! I really enjoyed reading about the process and seeing the photos of your work. I like how you interpret quilt blocks into your work.
    Enjoy your week,
    Judy

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  16. Cathy this bowl is so gorgeous - you are very clever! Absolutely love it - will it be a design you will make to sell? x

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  17. I love it Thanks for sharing

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  18. Cathy it is great, I love little houses,even have a pinterest board for them. Can,t believe the difference the glaces are after firing.
    Gillx

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  19. Absolutely brilliant. Rachael Daisy has brilliant ideas

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  20. Absolutely brilliant. I think it's lovely.

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  21. It's delightful, and I really like what you've done with the 'sunny' center :)

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  22. Love it, love it, love it! Wouldn't you consider to be inspired by something from me? The way you "translate" textile to clay is simply amazing.

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  23. I loved this quilt block on Rachael's blog some time ago, so I was very excited to see your ceramic inspiration. Wonderful work, Cathy!

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  24. C'est super joli !!!!!!!!

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  25. Wonderlike idee! Pragtig uitgevoer!!

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