This post is dedicated to a couple of my closest friends….
I’m sure you have at least one friend like these ones – the loyal, encouraging, supportive and brutally honest types? The ones that ask those tough questions most ‘normal’ people just keep to themselves?
At a recent catch-up, they commented about a recent giveaway I ran on fb – gifting one of my Christmas decorations (congrats again to RH on guessing the exact number – 382). My friends fawned over my Christmas designs but didn’t like the price tag. ‘Those tags would be easy to make’ was the exact declaration.
[ And all the hand-makers, crafters, artisans’ heads hit the table ]
With a small smile, I start to explain how each tag is made – lucky for you, here’s some pretty pictures to help you see the process…. (if you click on the photos, they’ll expand)
After the glaze firing finishes, and the kiln cools down (often taking 12+hours), we take out the tags and sand their edges and backs to ensure a smooth, touchable surface. If required, we thread a ribbon through the top to complete the tag.
That’s how my Christmas pretties are made. Each tag, ornament and decoration has its own subtle differences – be it in their shape or text arrangement, the glaze finish or how they hang from their hand pierced hole. It does take time to make each tag. A lot of time, its a hands on affair. They are to be treasured, displayed, hung up…
And in response: ‘Oh. They’re bloody worth it then.’
Ah, brutally honest and concise. Love my peeps.
I hope this post helps you to understand a little more about the ceramics process and exactly what is involved when making seemingly simple ceramics objects. Oh, if you’re really interested in ceramics, check out the mudcolony blog for more insight into practices and processes of studio ceramics.