Friday, 31 January 2014

End of January...

and its a dark and gloomy morning whilst I sit and write this missive. Spring is so near, yet so far as the buds appear, lambs tail dangle from the trees and the first snow drops bob their heads in the cold easterly winds.A morning for wooly jumpers and scarves wrapped tightly to keep out the chilly air. A cup of hot chilli bang bang tea sits beside me ready to warm the cockles of my heart ! After a little lull in the creative spirit my batteries have recharged and ideas are flowing. The studio is beginning to fill with little characters and quirky teapots a theme emerging from the dark that will in time blossom  ready to show the world. In the meantime  I have been cheering everyone up with photos of my tea related ceramics. Everyone who is following my journey on facebook is enthralled and delighted by the colours and embellishments so I thought I shall sit and write to you and add a collection of my memory jugs.
These jugs have been one of the first things I created since finishing my studies, patterns and glazes developed with stories evolving. They are filled with a roll that is stuffed and padded of vintage fabrics with pockets for cutlery. I have been asked why they are filled why not just make jugs but for me they are a 3D collage, a story of domesticity imagine a painting coming to life reflecting all sorts of historic objects. If I hadn't filled it it would have been incomplete and just a jug to fill with pencils, bits and bobs maybe if its lucky flowers...but I see it as part of a story the fabric enhances and makes it complete. They are vibrant, with text to suggest a past use, buttons referencing textiles,  I hope you enjoy and think soon of Spring and colour !

all photos taken by Caroline Burley

      a pink and grey jug on box drawer collage

Pink flower jug with teabag pot

Turquoise blue and brown jug with polka dots

little tea tray table and jug


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    1. thank you Marilyn , hope it cheered your soul on such a wet day :)

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  2. Karen, you create absolutely the happiest things on earth.

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    1. What a delicious compliment Marilee, just whats needed before i pull on waders and unmoor the boat for my afternoon walk !!!

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  3. Made me smile all day long. Thank you. Jacqui

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    1. thank you Jacqui, i am delighted it made you smile :)

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  4. Just completed reading all of your blog posts, Karen! I had Some catching up to do. Such a pleasure to have seen the road that you have been on and imagine the ones the you Will go down! :) Laura

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  5. as you say about keeping yourself open to encounters helps lead you to these treasures, finding your work and blog is likewise a bit of a treasure for me. glorious work, karen!

    sherry

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    1. just discovered your comment Sherry thank you so much .

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