Friday, 27 November 2015

Creating and Hibernating

The dark days of Autumn 
(or is it now Winter now that December is nearly upon us?)
always bring out the creative urge in me. 
And they don't feel gloomy at all. 
They feel productive and happy.
Leather hard stage - drying before first firing

Staying in and playing with clay 
whilst listening to my favourite podcasts
is bliss.

Detail - birdies, houses, hearts, autumn leaves

On days when I haven't been for a run,
I'll take a break and go for a walk round the country lanes.

Fired once, glaze applied and ready for second firing
Then back to work, sitting in the warm, 
glazing pots and daydreaming, and drinking tea.

Opening kiln. Three layers, sometimes four, packed to the hilt.
Excitement comes on those days when I open the kiln.
Oooh!  Wonderful.  Just what I hoped for!

Detail.  The colours just sing out!
Let's have a closer look .....

Some favourite motifs
A beautiful Autumny piece with all my favourite things on it,
from apple trees to sailing boats.

Yep.  Pleased with this one.

No ... I don't mind a few months of dark days,
when I can hibernate and create.

What about you?

x Cathy


  1. Busy creating decorations for our Christmas Craft Fair - sewing and knitting [and dreaming of my post Christmas break in Norfolk] That bowl is beautiful!

  2. Beautiful work! You're dark and cold and we're 40deg plus!

  3. gorgeous. you're making your own sunshine right there in the kiln x

  4. Lovely to follow the process through Cathy and a great result. I love grey days when I can happily stay indoors sewing and not feel guilty about all the work that needs doing in the garden! xx

  5. love your work at the leatherhard stage...but that's just me!
    Steadily packing for the next move, trying to stay warm and dry

  6. A very successful hibernation for creation! Well done!

  7. That is so pretty! I don't hibernate - no point in being gloomy as i can always find something to be happy about!

  8. Such gorgeous colours, it's amazing how much they change after a trip to the kiln. Hibernating obviously has its positive side! We've had a beautiful day today here, sunshine and blue skies as well as the mild temperatures, so I made the most of it and spent pretty much the whole day in the garden, but it's tipping it down with rain again now so probably we'll be back to wet and windy tuck yourself away inside weather tomorrow. I think maybe that's the key to Autumn/Winter weather, get out there when it's good, but then probably that's the key to British weather generally!

  9. Cathy! I've just found you! Again! Just about to catch up on your last year - lots to read I can see…. I'll be in touch again . L xxx

  10. Catching up with some belated blog reading Cathy + what a joy to see your work through each stage. Clever woman X


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