Adventures in Ceramics


This semester I took my final university unit for my degree. I had expected to graduate at the end of last year, but realised at the last minute that I had one extra introductory elective unit to complete. I'd never done ceramics during my degree so I thought it was probably my last opportunity to give it a go and it was quite fun (with a healthy amount of frustration and failures). I thought I'd share some photos of work I completed. Most of my work is hand built or slip cast (there was no potters wheel instruction in this unit unfortunately). I really enjoyed the glazing process and played with mixing underglazes and stoneware glazes and my friend Holly and bought an underglaze pencil off eBay which gave a really fun naive hand-drawn effect on the ceramic.

Hand formed ceramic beads.


Hand formed ceramic beads.

Slip cast Lucky Buddha beer bottles. Unfortunately the plaster mould I made wasn't great so I didn't get to cast a whole bottle - just the fronts.


Slip cast Lucky Buddha beer bottles. Unfortunately the plaster mould I made wasn't great so I didn't get to cast a whole bottle - just the fronts.

I filled all of my little planter vessels with succulents I collected from along my street (I didn't steal them from people's gardens - just where they were growing in abundance alongside the road) and topped them with colourful aquarium stones.


I filled all of my little planter vessels with succulents I collected from along my street (I didn't steal them from people's gardens - just where they were growing in abundance alongside the road) and topped them with colourful aquarium stones.

My collection of 'failure' vessels. I don't hate them, but they just didn't turn out the way they were supposed to.



My collection of 'failure' vessels. I don't hate them, but they just didn't turn out the way they were supposed to.

I made lots of faceted gem stone brooches. I'm thinking of giving some of them away as Christmas gifts.


I made lots of faceted gem stone brooches. I'm thinking of giving some of them away as Christmas gifts.

I made a cheeky pair of penis shaped vases for my friend Jaine. I had to get my lovely gay male classmate to help me to form them because the first few I made looked demented.


I made a cheeky pair of penis shaped vases for my friend Jaine. I had to get my lovely gay male classmate to help me to form them because the first few I made looked demented.

Little nesting cat bowls.


Little nesting cat bowls.

I had a lot of fun in this subject and I do hope I get to play with clay again sometime.