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The Teacup and Saucer.
All quiet on the blog front as we hurtle towards the end of September. This quietness is down to having nothing to show & tell, that is until now. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’ve been trying my hand at teacups, and oh how teacup crafting has consumed me!
Being preoccupied with the task at hand, I didn’t want to shout about making my latest range of moustache cups until I had something show.
As I had the summer holiday off work, I decided to try to expand my capabilities with clay and this batch of cups is somewhat different from the normal routine: in the sense that these cups also required a saucer to accompany them. Having never made a run of cups & saucers i braved up and took on the challenge.
Teacups & Saucers: The Next Moustache Cup
These creations require greater handiness and much more thought as the cup & saucer have to relate to one another, both in form and decoration, a new consideration to take on board.
This has proved challenging, with some mishaps and a few making oversights that, in hindsight, probably shouldn't have occurred. Although these mishaps can be disappointing, I try to put them in perspective, as this is par for the course with developing new skills: as critical analysis and physical abilities jockey for superiority.
This is a somewhat negative appraisal however as going through the process (good, bad, indifferent) is what causes positive changes in my level of skill as you start paying attention to aspects of making that were once overlooked. Dedicating time to making one form makes it more familiar and thus your ability and confidence at tackling it soar.
Taking a slight pause in proceedings to not only write this blog but, as the new school term begins, return to my other job hasn't dampened my desire to make some more before a kiln firing is commenced; Quite the opposite, I’m raring to go, but with a bit more enthusiasm and skill than when I started several weeks ago.