Friday, 28 March 2014

10 Years of Clay

Hello all! The last few months I have been otherwise distracted from my bloggedy blogging, however if you want more regular updates as well then follow me on twitter @RaggedRobyn

Last night I was having a Facebook natter with Kim of Numinosity and I realised I have been specialised in clay for 10 years now. Someone once told me that it gets in your blood! Well that would be alarming wouldn't it!! Mud in your blood! YIKES...

I thought seeing as I'm always going on about uni etc, that perhaps I should share some of my works history with you so you can get an idea of my development as an artist. I recently came across some photos that show me as a young whipper snapper and a few of odds and bobs I have made, about four projects altogether. Unfortunately I cannot find any pics of my thrown work, so perhaps that is for another time.

So...with no further ado.... prepare to be flabbergasted, dumnfounded and possibly alarmed by the ceramics shenanigans and goings ons...
and excuse the 'happy snappy' photography ;)

SLAB JUGS with oxide. The top right one was the very first pot I ever made. I was 16 yrs old

Me being DRAMATIC (for costume design)...those were also my first dreadies, not many photos of those frizzy fella's. I was never very good at sewing, never had much patience with it. Also I am all knuckles and not always good with fiddly work.

I think this was my first uni project - it was meant to be like a butterfly on the pebbly beach of a river...just  passing by....(gross brown glaze, should of done a matt grey) 

All these African water pot inspired terracotta knobbly pots were made in the first year of my degree... so I was 18 yrs old...always loved the squishy finger printy quality of mud :)

DOUBLE snout pots...with nipples

BIG nipple pot!

OUT for a wander

Pondering LIFE
(The red is handmade felt inlay-ed into a groove)

I have done a lot of 2D works on the figure and somehow even now the human form inspires the beads and jewelry I make....MORE on that in my next blog.

Studio shot of one of my earlier figures

Final Exhibition day

And this is me in a Saga friend Bex (who owned it) was not impressed when she seen this photo. AH WELL, we are still good friends now and the pot survived the weight of my scrawny limbs and second set of dreads - I'm on my third set now.

So there you have it. Of course there is millions more but I cant find the discs with the photos on and I'm hungry and I hope your not too bored after that...must go make venison stew :)

See ya!


  1. I adore your work, and I love to see where people have come from. when you have art in your blood, there is no denying it. and I enjoy seeing peoples evolutions. LOVE your knobby pots and figures. thank you for sharing

    1. Thanks Satcilouis thanks for commenting. Its good to see you found my fb page as well.xx

  2. those organic alien seed pod vessels are so cool!!!!!!!!!1

  3. So cool to see little you and the big stuff. i love how you did the hands on those figures, Did you get to keep one or two? that brown glaze looks like a curly burl in these pics. O like all the nipples and bumples too. I think you're pretty good with the fiddly work which is how I feel when I work small with clay.It's fun to go on these journeys back in our artistic past isn't it!

    1. Yes Kim I have two figures now. I'm very happy to report that all the others sold :)

  4. your adorable and your work amazing...especially liked the figures with the felt..very impressed wee Robyn...