I’m loving our new theme challenges over on the Art Elements Blog. They’re providing so much inspiration and this month is no exception. I have many fond memories of clambering over rocks and dipping in pools as a child… I have quite a few as an adult as well. It really is something that you never grow out of.
I was always fascinated by the tiny underwater worlds that would change bringing new treasure with each tide. It was fun to poke around, hoping to find a mermaids purse or a live sea urchin. And away from the beach, I loved to read through my nature book, especially the life in a rock pool page.
Although they’re probably viewed as one of the most boring things on the beach, I’m always drawn towards limpets and barnacles. I love their camouflage, looking as though they’re part of the rock, and that they can survive by sealing themselves until the tide returns.
They’re actually pretty cute too!
I had a few limpet shells hanging around so I made a plaster mould by covering them in mould soap and pushing them in to wet plaster just as it was starting to harden. Once dry, I could reproduce as many limpets as I liked. I’ve been doing a bit of multi tasking as I’m getting ready for a show, so I decided to run them through a raku firing with some of the beads I was making. They were glazed in a turquoise blue to (hopefully) look like watery pools. And a test one was done in a lustre glaze just to see.
I was thrilled when they came out just as I’d imagined.
I love that raku firing gives such unpredictable results and the gas firing has a wonderful effect on the glaze altering it from a flat colour to a beautiful and varied finish.
And the lustre test… I thought when I first pulled it out that it was pretty, but boring…
But when I turned it in the light it had the most gorgeous finish, like sunlight on the water. Bet I can’t do that again!
Lustre glazing really brings out my inner magpie! #nofilter!
Thanks to Lesley for a brilliant theme for this month… it’s been fun and really got me back in to raku firing. I’m looking forward to working more with this idea.
I hope you’ll join me in the blog hop… I’ll be away at a show as this is posting, but I’ll be round to visit and see everyone’s rock pool creations first thing next week when I get back! Just follow the links below 🙂