It’s been a while…

I haven’t posted in a while, not for a lack of things to show, but I can get very lazy when comes the time to put things together on a page and write down some words. However, I’ve been busy, working from morning to night, often seven days a week. Once I’m finished with my web work (I create websites), I hop in the workshop, which is next to my office and start throwing/turning a pot or two, draw, paint, etc.  Here are a few pieces created in the last two months.

For Hello Every Sunday: In the Dark
Pastel on paper


Three colored bowls
Teal and Avocado glazes on semi-porcelain (#910)

Colored glaze bowls, teal and avocado, by La Datcha 

For Hello Every Sunday: The Gourmet Rodent
Graphite and pastel on paper

Gourmet rodent, by La Datcha 

Octopus bowl
Underglaze on grey clay (#542)

Octopus bowl, by La Datcha 

Rabbit bowl, Octopus tumbler and Ostrich plate
Sgraffito (dark brown clay #540 covered with white slip) and underglaze on semi-porcelain (#910)

Small menagerie, by La Datcha 

For Hello Every Sunday: Fox in the Mist
Graphite on paper 

Smelling fox, by La Datcha 

Three bowls
Transparent glaze on marbled clay (#910 and #542)

Marbled clay bowls, by La Datcha 

For Hello Every Sunday: Transparent
Graphite on paper 

Transparent, by La Datcha 

There are many more! You can have a look at the Hello Every Sunday blog that I share with Priya, My Flickr account, Instagram or Facebook.

Another variation on a bird

This is a bigger format on canvas, based on a drawing made for Hello Every Sunday, week 7.

Acrylic, pencil and pastel on canvas

It was a test before making an even bigger version on canvas. I wasn’t sure how the technique I use on paper would turn out on canvas.

Since working in small formats, mostly due to a lack of space, I’ve been using acrylic a bit like watercolor, and pencil to create most of the shadows. I like to smudge it to create texture and blurry areas.

This canvas is lot rougher than paper and the pencil didn’t hold well. I had to work with acrylic for the dark sections and shadows, which rendered a cleaner look (I prefer it a bit “dirtier”). I also found out that diluted acrylic is in part repelled on the type of gesso that was applied on this support and I had to paint the surface two or three times before I got where I wanted.

Black, Grey and White

La Datcha: Marbled clay bowls and a black plate
Transparent glaze on marbled clay (#542 and #910) and black slip plus transparent glaze on #910.

La Datcha: Marbled clay bowls

Marbled clay bowls, and a black plate that I’ve been wanting to make for a while…

And I was anxious to see how these would come out of the kiln, but I’m still not satisfied with the results. Here is the before:

Decorated plates and tumblers

And the after.
The goose was a total loss :-(.

If you read these lines and you have a recipe for a transparent glaze that will give crisp and clean results at cone 6, (or a special way to proceed), please contact me. I will be forever grateful!

DIY Postcard Swap 2017: Look What the Cat Dragged in

Postcard Swap 2017 and HES Week 16
Acrylic, pen and pencil on cardboard

Well, this is it! The drawings for the 2017 iHanna’s DIY postcard swap are done.

I strayed a bit from what I had in mind when I started, but color just had to find it’s way in. So did the cats (that I surprisingly rarely draw). Since there are only so many hours in a week, this is Hello Every Sunday, week 16 as well!

Postcard Swap 2017 and HES Week 16

Postcard Swap 2017 and HES Week 16

Postcard Swap 2017 and HES Week 16