Saturday, 10 July 2010

*MY SIMPLE CROCK CANDLE LAMPS*

HANDCRAFTED BY A DEAR FRIEND..

I wanted to share the story of my simple crock candle lamps..I am so lucky to live where I live as I am surrounded by some very talented people..Ann lives 2 doors down from me and walks her dog along the road past my home everyday..She is a retired art teacher and now has her own pottery and art studio..she sells her wares at local craft shops and at the mo her paintings are on exhibition in Italy..I wanted to make a couple of simple crock lamps for my home and mentioned this to her one morning on passing..she said she would be delighted to make the bases for me on the condition I helped..
They started life as a lump of clay and Ann molded them into shape..not an easy task as I discovered..
This is real precision work and I was amazed at how they were formed.It did take quite a bit of time as they had to rest in between stages..we would call in on our way home from school to see what they were doing..He is Finley my youngest son watching Ann..
They were then dipped in slip to give them the creamy grey colour I was after..
They we rested for another week and then I painted the simple design on the crocks..that didn't take long as you can see only a couple of stokes LOL..
Ann glazed the crocks and fired them..On the morning of my birthday she said they were done but wasn't happy as they had taking on a crackle look..I was absolutely thrilled they looked so worn..perfect I said..I brought them home and fitted my candle lights..
They have tucked in along side my other crocks perfectly and look great..I just love them..Thank you Ann.. Hope everyone is keeping well *~*Blessings*~*

7 comments:

Olde Spoon River Homestead said...

They are wonderful! I love them! I bet your so happy! Love your blog!!!!

Traci said...

Hi Angi,
That was very kind of your friend Ann. I love the way your crock lamps turned out and it sounds like they took on primitive character as if they knew that's what was expected of them. I have always wanted to try my hand at pottery but wouldn't even know where to begin! Blessings, Traci

The Crafty Crow said...

Isn't that just amazing, what an art, love them..thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
~Ronda~

Carol/Firecrackerkid said...

How neat to see them being made. Turned out awesome! I had a ceramic craft class in high school so long ago. LOL. Thanks for sharing Angi:)

Ann said...

Angi, Your lamps are very neat. How cool is that - you got to help make them and they are one of a kind. ~Ann

Calico Rabbit said...

Angi
LOVING the lamps, isn't it great to have talented friends!
also makes them special!

Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Kerri
thecalicorabbit.blogspot.com

Angie Berry said...

How wonderful of Ann to help you make some beautiful crocks! Such a nice birthday present, eh? The finished product is lovely, looking wonderful along side your other crocks.