Thursday, 21 July 2011

Leafy tiles

I've been decorating tiles for a commission. It's an entire leaf resist panel that is going to a beautiful 17th century manor house. The leaves are from the surrounding woodlands of the manor. It's going to look mighty pretty I think. I plan to fire the tiles in the wood kiln and I'll place them throughout the chamber, so that they get different amounts of flame and temperature and as a result, a variety of tones from the same glaze and slip.Here I am, sticking the leaves to the tiles.
Here are some of the tiles - sorry it's a blurred picture.
I'm off to Holland on Sunday for a ten day family holiday, so it's been a busy time, trying to get everything finished. Not just pottery, but also the demo we've been recording with The Love Daddies.

Take That have nothing on us eh girls? Hmm.

I have to record two bass parts tomorrow evening so that it can all be mixed down while I'm away.
The painter Lucien Freud died yesterday. He's my older boy Luke's great hero, so Luke's understandably sad. Freud was the first painter he studied - you might be able to see his influence in Luke's most recent self portrait.
And here's Luke.

And this is Joe dressed up for the school ball - he'll go crazy if he sees that I've posted this picture!

I'm very proud of my boys.


Hollis Engley said...

You should indeed be proud of those two handsome guys. And a terrific self-portrait by Luke, too.

cookingwithgas said...

yes- you should be very proud.
Good looking lads that they are.
Love the tiles--

Ron said...

Have a great holiday. Hi to the boys and Hil. I bet those tiles are going to be super.

Tracey Broome said...

I agree with Hollis, very handsome boys, you certainly should be proud! Lovely tiles as well :)

gz said...

Lovely tiles and good sons. Enjoy your holiday...there are slipware potters in Holland too!

Was it last year that one of Lucien Freud's paintings was in the papers? One of his lover/wife? Warts and all as they say, but very sensitive and loving to.

Becky said...

What a fine family & all so talented! The tiles look fantastic and hope to see the finished installment - such a wonderful idea! Have a great holiday and my best to the Love Daddies!

Paul Jessop said...

Hi Doug, Your boys are going to go far, they are both talented lads.
Joe looks cool and I'm sure he had to fight the girls off, not that he'll admit to it. great to see you going to holland, I take it it's an antidote to the hills of Devon. see you soon.

Quietly Otaku said...

Love your tiles, the variety of leaves are so pretty! I'd love to visit Holland sometime, hope you have a great time : )

doug Fitch said...

Thanks all :)