another month comes to an end.
spring is here. magnolias are almost gone. time for jasmine now and everything is so beautiful and full of life all around.
in my studio I practice, the succulents are watching and I keep the hyacinths and daffodils bulbs in grocery paper bags in a dark place. a farewell until autumn again.
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for as long as I can remember swallows have been a symbol of the return of spring. since I was a little girl I liked to imagine them to be the carriers of the warm weather brought from far away, exotic places where they had spent the winter months. it was the time for lighter, country filled flower days which would roll into sunny and hot summer days.
I made these simple porcelain swallows, or andorinhas in portuguese, inspired by traditional ceramic black, quite realistic swallows we used to have hanging outside the entrance door in our house when I was very young. it was common to find them in households throughout the country in those days. there was a belief they would bring protection to the home and those living inside.
my version of small porcelain swallows are now available to order from the shop.
they are individually made from creamy white slip cast porcelain using plaster molds I made myself and are then hand finished with a clear glaze on top and left with the smooth touch of polished porcelain underneath. they carry a little hole so you can display them on a wall next to your favourite paintings and prints or even around a lovely mirror. they can also be placed on a little wooden stick and live among your cherished plants.
they love to live in groups instead of being just one.
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18 March 2010
spent the last couple of days working. yesterday made quite a few tests for glazes and decorations and packed the kiln. only tomorrow will I be able to find out about the results. the kiln is taking around twenty four hours to cool down, apart from the ten hour cycle I set up for the firing. one has to be patient, although the temptation of opening the kiln before it is completely cold is high but very risky. I resisted!
this is probably the most anxious moment in ceramics. the kiln always has the last word. specially for a novice like me.
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thank you for your kind comments on yesterday's post.
today there was a slight perfume of sweet freesias enveloping the air as I went out. it felt like a good sign.
the weatherman says it is going to be sunny and cold during the weekend. I will be working, go for a long walk and possibly do a bit of sewing for myself ... how about you, planning something nice?
wishing you a lovely weekend!
images from three years ago