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AE Theme Reveal – Forest

We got a fabulous theme this month from Sue, one that I have been looking forward to since she first announced it. I’ve not had as much time as I’d have liked to really explore my ideas though, I have classes and a fair happening as we speak and I’m trying to do a million things to prepare so this post will be short and sweet. Although I’ve been busy, I did manage to do a bit of multi tasking and incorporated the theme in to some of my work for the show.

My classes will be teaching Naked Raku, so it was the perfect opportunity to make some samples inspired by trees.

I really enjoyed making these jars. They’re a fun mix of wheel throwing, drawing and setting things on fire that give a really nice end result.

Next , I made some mushrooms…

These were made with earthenware clay and glazed with colour and a weird product I bought ages ago called fired snow. It bubbles as it fires and has a three dimensional finish that worked really well for the dotty bits. For a bit of contrast, I added gold lustre around the bottom of the stems.

And finally… this was supposed to be the best and final piece, but time got away from me. A forest diorama.

This would be my dream home if I were smaller!

There’s still quite a lot to do before it’s finished, there will be something in the cave, the tree will be filled with ivy, and mushrooms will be planted up the tree trunk and around the forest floor. I like how it’s going so far and look forward to having a bit of time to finish it off!

Thanks to Sue for a brilliant theme… I can’t wait to see what the rest of the team and guests made, I hope you’ll join me for the blog hop… follow the links below πŸ™‚

(I’m going to be a bit later than usual visiting everyone, but will see you all as soon as I’m home!)




Evie & Beth






AE Team

Caroline <<You are here.







12 thoughts on “AE Theme Reveal – Forest

  1. Those raku jars are fantastic! I love the drawings on the side of the jars.
    Your mushrooms are so cute – love those purple ones.
    I agree with you – I would love to live in that forest you have going on there – amazing work!

  2. Wow, Caroline, I just love those pots! And the mushrooms – I love that white bubbly stuff, it was definitely perfect, and I love the gold luster dots on the bottom of them. I can’t wait to see the diorama finished! It’s going to be fantastic! Good luck at the show!

  3. I hope the fair goes really well. Your creations are always so splendid, and these are no exception. I’m glad you were able to incorporate the theme into getting some of what you needed made. I really love that jar with the raven! Swoon!! But, the mushrooms steal the show for me! The addition of the little gold dots on the bottom is really special. LOVE! I cannot wait to see your completed diorama. I’m sure it’ll be fabulous!

  4. I sooooo want to take that class with you! Ahhhh…. why are all of you so far away? I love all your pieces and the mushrooms are simply adorable! πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my! I always love coming here to see what you have created. I LOVE the raku pieces. It has always been a favorite of mine. I used to raku fire weekly when I went to the clay studio. I would love to be there and take your class. These are phenomenal! I love all the raku jars but I think my fave is the raven one! Those little mushrooms are adorable. Your diorama is already such a lovely setting. My favorite part is the cave and those crystals! Although the tree trunk and the little door is superb as well. I can’t wait to see what else you do to it.

  6. The mushrooms look fantastic and your jars are great. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that goes into making them.

  7. What a great collection of Raku jars. Each so different in coloring and design! I loved wheel throwing when I took a couple semesters of Ceramics in night college many moons ago. And we had even done Raku, an interesting process, to say the least. And I love the beginning of your diorama, fairy doors are a fave of mine. The cave is mysterious and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out πŸ™‚ . I’m sure your classes and fair will be successful, given your talents. Alysen

  8. Those raku vases are oh so lovely and the designs are so elegant. The little mushrooms are delightful and I especially like the touch of sparkle on the stems. Your diorama in progress is already off to a wonderful start. It does look like a great place to live.

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