Early Christmas gift

La Datcha's gift tags 2016

Here’s an early Christmas gift for you: five printable gift tags for the Holidays!
Click on the link above or the image at the end of the post to download the PDF.

Also in the spirit of sharing, here are the links to some of my favorite works of art.
Maybe they will make you dream, travel and think, just as they do for me.

Joanna Concejo, all of her series for the Little Red Riding Hood, but especially this one
Betty Goodwin, Carbon
Priya Sebastian, Flight
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Falling Garden
Fabienne Verdier, La faille and Mélodie du réel

La Datcha's gift tags 2016

Throw baby, throw!

My Shimpo

Guess who found a nice second-hand Shimpo wheel a few weeks back? :-)
I’ve been throwing* ever since.

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These are due for a first firing

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And from this summer

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Black slip and clear glaze on speckled clay

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Matte white glaze (inside) and clear glaze on clay

Discover Lucie Rie

*Throwing: the Old English word thrawan from which to throw comes, means to twist or turn. Going back even farther, the Indo-European root *ter- means to rub, rub by twisting, twist, turn. The German word drehen, a direct relative of to throw, means turn and is used in German for throwing. Because the activity of forming pots on the wheel has not changed since Old English times, the word throw has retained its original meaning in the language of pottery but has developed a completely different meaning in everyday usage. Those who say they throw pots are using the historically correct term. Those who say they turn pots are using more current language. Both are saying the same thing.

Excerpt from ” Why On Earth Do They Call It Throwing? An investigation into the origin of words, by Dennis Krueger”, on Ceramics Art Daily

Speckled

Tea cups, La Datcha

We had to move back to Montreal last October. I much prefer the countryside to the city, but I tried my best at seeing the positive sides, like living closer to friends and family, getting a lot more choices for all sorts of services, and also, access to ceramic classes with almost daily free periods in the workshop.

Here are a few pieces that came out of the spring session.

Trimming
Trimming

Bisqued pieces
Bisqued pieces, before glazing

Ceramics, by La Datcha
Glaze + final firing

Tea cups, La Datcha
Matte white glaze and transparent glaze on speckled clay

Coffee cup, La Datcha
Scratched matte black glaze on speckled clay

Coffee cup, La Datcha

Coffee cup, La Datcha
Rutile glaze on speckled clay; the bisque was partly soaked in water before being dipped in the glaze.

Coffee cup, La Datcha

Heureux lapin

Roupie and Belu
Countryside or city; some things never change.

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April Challenge: Last but not least

April Challenge: mushrooms
Lead pencil on paper

Last but not least, since we’re talking Mushroom. Yes, it’s worth a capital m and bold letters. These tiny and delectable beauties are a big thing in our house. I could tell you how every year, during several months, I loose Nicolas to the silent hunt. Priya wrote a beautiful post about it, after experiencing one of these expeditions with us last Fall.

April Challenge: mushrooms

So, I’ve done it! 30 days, 30 creations. I thought I was done, but then Carla Sonheim‘s newsletter came in and there was this link about 100 days of making? Hummm….

April Challenge: Week Four, Abstracts

April Challenge: Week four, abstract
Acrylic, lead pencil and micron pen on paper

April Challenge: Week four, abstract

Only four days left before the end of my April Challenge!

Up to now, creating every day has been really good for the mind, especially with these abstract drawings. It was more spontaneous; no plans, just letting go and exploring other forms on top of the basic shapes I started with.

April Challenge: Week four, abstract

April Challenge: Week four, abstract

April Challenge: Week four, abstract

 
Have a look at the playful work of:

Kim Baise
Cubicle Refugee

April Challenge: Week Three, Animal Party

April Challenge - party animal
Acrylic and pen on paper, April 2015

Already week three of my April Challenge: create something new every day of this month!
This week was all about animals.

April Challenge - party animal

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April Challenge - party animal

The thought is to combine them all, which will happen in May. I tried various treatments and decided on the one below. I like how the black extremities contrast with the unfinished parts of the sketch.

April Challenge - party animal

 
Have a look at the work of:

Faye Moorhouse
Olya Leontieva