Sunday, 22 November 2009

Finished!

I finally finished these two sgrafitto pots at 4am, so suffice to say, I'm a wee bit tired today.



This is a close up of Mr Buzzard, who has his beady eye on a pigeon who is flying nearby. My drawings are far from anatomically correct, but that's not something I'm too worried about, as long as it's clear what they're supposed to be. The black lines are where I roughly draft out the shapes before I cut into the surface and will burn away in the firing.



The old harvest rhyme on this one says, 'The potter fashioned me complete as plainly doth appear, for to supply the harvest boys with good strong English beer'











A while ago I was walking to work and came across the magnificent spectacle of two cock pheasants having a fight. They may be some of the stupidest birds around, but they certainly know how to scrap. For some reason I decided to try and draw them onto the side of this puzzle jug. Whether they really look like pheasants is questionable - I might just have to pretend it's a pair of phoenix(phoenixes, phoeni) having a squabble.

13 comments:

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

You know, I found your blog one Sunday morning while having some tea and surfing on the internet for English pottery. Here I sit, a year later, Sunday morning, having tea and reading your blog, while Wesley is learning a new song on her violin.What a nice way to start the day. I'm off to my wheel to try and save a large platter I started way too late last night. Cheers!!

Anonymous said...

amazing, not the sort of thing you can do before the lights turn from red to green. Where do you get the patience ? Fantasic.

Tim

Hannah said...

squabble. there's a great word don't you think.
Fab jugs, great pheasants, got a couple in the freezer here, they don't look like that anymore though.
x

Kitty Shepherd said...

Utterly stonking harvest/puzzle jug you have there! (I have had to add the word stonking to the “Word” dictionary software; it appears I have never used it before, which I find hard to believe). I love Buzzards we get Eagles round here! I was put in mind of the stupid Pheasant on Friday when I was out walking; very unusually a car came up the road and I just could not remember which side of the road I was supposed to be on so I did the Pheasant dance – stupid or what!

FetishGhost said...

Love it! Your imagery really compliments your form.

paul jessop said...

Great Pots, I mean Really Great.

ang said...

freeky detail mr fitch... lovin the flying beasts.. very actiony pose!! bring back porridge....

Hollis Engley said...

Stunning stuff, Doug. Eager to see it fired.

James H said...

Wow - what a cracking pair of JUGS!

Alex Mason said...

They look fantastic!

Nicola said...

4am thats devotion for ye x

St Ives Birds & Photo Journal said...

The pheasants are great Doug.

Richard LAw said...

Absolutely worth the early hours. Amazing!