Friday, 2 December 2011

Teacosy Opening Night

Wow! What a fab evening, my feet are incredibly sore but it was all worth it for the fabulous preview evening of Teacosy Christmas in Aberdeen. It felt like I didn't even look up for 2 hours. I managed to get a few snaps of the other Teacosy vendors before it got too busy.....

Jenni from Mudpies and Teacakes who makes amazing bespoke tutus for wee people

Anne Marquiss Jewellery - amazing bespoke silver and semi precious stones as well as accessories

Elaine from Junction Arts which is Aberdeen's best stockist of local art and quality applied art - as well as being the best framer in the shire...

Aubin at Aubeebop Jewellery and fellow Affa Fine Quine - Aubin rocks, she makes acrylic statement jewellery using silver and semi precious stones.

Jenny and Angie McHardy who are Nervous Stitch and Clova Knits - very talented team of mother and daughter.  I own a set of Angie's neck warmers and hummel doddies - stylish and cosy.  My house will be filled with Jenny's soft soon as its fit for decoration!

Gabi eating a sandwich at her Small Stories table and third Affa Fine Quine! Gabi is a super talented illustrator, painter and designer and supermum! I dont know how she does it!

Kirsty at A Wooden Tree Wonderful upcycled textile animals and housewares.  I will be getting a tweedy stag at some point from this talented lady.

Lindsey who is The Apple Fell Down.  A photographer and textile artist extraordinaire.

Renee at Revinha Jewellery plus lovely bump!

My table! X

There were so much more exhibitors and lovley people but it was soo busy, I didnt manage to get everyone in. 
I would just like to thank the Quines at SMART Consultants for really making it all possible and putting us up in a fabulous venue, heres the link to the Teacosy Facebook page.


Well friends... its that time of year again and I have been very busy preparing for this weekends Teacosy.....
It reminds me of last year when we were all thoroughly snowed-in but 2 days of clear weaather allowed the roads to be cleared and Teacosy was on! What a great day it was, all cosy and everyone had a smashing time.

Lets hope this one is even half as good.
Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen (The building next door to the Art Gallery with the BIG granite lions outside!)

Tonight - Preview 6-9pm
Tomorrow - 10-6pm


Preparing, pricing and polishing.....

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Barge Engineer Commission

Here he is, the Barge Engineer...

The commission was from a gentleman who worked in the oil industry all his life - right from the discovery of oil in the North Sea.  He wanted a figure, of himself in his younger days with the full 'Canadian Tuxedo'  denims, boots, 70s shirt, moustache and a McDonald T hat.
The McDonald T was an aluminium hard hat which has long since been banned due to health and safety, but some do still adorn houses in the North East of Scotland....

My mum uses my Dad's old one as a hanging basket!

holding a coffee cup and a walkie talkie

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Finally finished making!

Well, I have finished making 4 figures recently - 3 were commissions and one is for the Winter Exhibition at Gallery Heinzel in Aberdeen.

Its been a bit of a 'lang haul' The people waiting for 2 of the commissions have been incredibly patient as I have had to stop in the middle of making several times for NEOS and London.  I even started one again as I was not happy at all with the way it was going.

The Filleter commission was perhaps the most emotive to date as it is a representation of the lady's Mother who passed away this year.  When I met her I got a real sense of who her Mum was and through looking at photographs and hearing stories, I built up a picture of her personality.  I very much hope this comes across in the work.  It feels rather like a huge responsibility but a massive privilege at the same time - who else gets to do something so personal and important?

The final of the four is Napoleon Bonaparte - as he was in exile, contemplative - this was also tricky as it was on request from my Other Half!

As always, they are currently in the kiln drying off before the long haul up to 1150C

Theres always a worry with commissions as if a person does not like what you have made, its not like you can add another layer of paint!
I suppose if I stopped worrying, I should stop making as its the personal, handmade and genuine love for what I do that makes it worth the money...

Another Oil Mannie - pandering to the local populace - and I like hard hats and boilersuits!

And Moustaches

Made and unmade - I'm repairing the ones at the back after an unfortunate accident with a closed jar of turps...

ready to start....

All the bits done but still needs the heavy grey coat....

Almost there...

really happy with the coat

The hat was a bit of a complicated nightmare too....

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Work in Progress...

Just thought I would update with some work in progress....

I am currently working on, A Rigger, another Oilman, a Fisher Quine and Napoleon Bonaparte (dont ask)

Quite pleased with how its going but its rather slow progress, oh well, better to be late than make shoddy work...

Im hoping to finish these figures and give the kiln a rest till the new year - the garage is getting re-roofed! (see other posts) thank goodness, so room has to be made to store all the stuff and wrap it up until its made watertight again. (not in chronological order!)

Can you tell this one is 1970s themed?

He will be holding a coffee cup

Walkie Talkie

Difficult hard hat

Tally -book in the back pocket

hard to get the 70s hair

Canadian Tuxedo