Ceramic Workshop

Hello! Me and a friend from my course organised a ceramic workshop for everyone on our row. It was nice to spend a day out of the studio learning a new skill. It was really fun and i am keen to finish my ceramic makes. I made a few tiles using (i think) stoneware clay and then decorated them with embossed papers, smashed sea shells and mark making. 

I also made a vase and with left over clay, i made a food bowl for Ruby! I didn't add markings on my vase as i wanted it to be smooth. For ruby's bowl I used lasor cut wooden letters and pressed them into the clay. I aim to paint them both after firing.

My ceramic makes will now dry out over the couple of days and then they will have their first biscuit firing at 1000 degree celsius!!


My work space
Lately for my Innovation project I have been busy in the print room experimenting with techniques such as Direct and normal Screen Printing with Binder FF and Puff, Natural Dying, Foiling and even hand painted back into different fabrics such as Calico, Cotton, Silk, and furnishing fabrics. I have just began to fuse my samples together using bondaweb and a touch of embroidery.
Furnishing fabric samples
Colour samples are coming together nicely 

Natural Dye workshop
Natural Dye samples, dried and cured

Natural Dying fabric with Conchineal - Female Bugs!
Direct Screen Printing
I am yet to experiment with Devore, Ceramics and working back into my prints using the Lasor Cutter. Reflecting on my attitude - i think i have been more organised, positive and have put extra effort in. I truly hope it shows and pays off!


Priceless and Worthless is a mini recycling exhibition where students from my course take something worthless and upcycle it so that it becomes priceless. There was no set brief really, we just had to find the beauty in something that needed a new lease of life. It's really fun and we all ate cake, drank tea and socialised with students from all levels of my course. My piece was a rosette that i put together using applique with odd sorts of fabric and embroidery thread i had collected from charity shops.

Lasor cut wooden flowers and upcycled bottles by Jodie Smith

Screen printed coat upcycled by Amy Hodkin

Train tickets upcycled by Katie Punton

A mug, sauce and plate upcycled by Megan Read

Notebooks handmade from raw materials by Isabella Solito

A sloth made from a pair of socks by Emily Pearse
There were so many innovative ideas, these were just some of my favorites. It'll be fun to see what next year's exhibition brings.