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August 15, 2013

Mad Hatter teacup set009

I started a big clean up in my garage and decided to use all the leftover clay before it dried up!  Experimenting with form and surface decoration,  I utilised the Op shop found doilies to print onto the various clays and used a slab building technique for these pieces.

I found a great source for Hand Built ceramics  on Ceramic Arts Daily from artist Sandi Pierantozzi. the tea cups are made with paper clay and are modelled off Op Shop found cup and saucers. I often scour the Op shops looking for interesting shapes and have built a little selection of odd cups and saucers.

Creating a paper armature of the tea cup, I cut out a pattern and used this as my template, on clay slabs I cut the shapes and sculpted the pieces, which I like to call my Mad Hatter’s Tea Cup. These will later be used to create a plaster cast mould and slip cast.

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handbuilt stoneware. Using all my leftover clay to create some handbuilt cups. using old crotchet doilies to imprint the clay. Cant wait to see them fired and glazed!

handbuilt stoneware. Using all my leftover clay to create some handbuilt cups. using old crotchet doilies to imprint the clay. Cant wait to see them fired and glazed!

My admiration for crotchet derives from watching my Hungarian grandmother display her crotchet skills in the numerous doilies made for our home, I remember the extraordinary tablecloth that was only used for special occasions, she would labour for hours creating this masterpiece. Whenever she was resting in a chair ( which was rare as I remember her as a very active woman ) , a ball of yarn and the crotchet needles would come out and she would busily create lovely lacework.

Wedding photo

Marika and Mihaly Heves
25/11/1925

My mother is of Slovenian and Italian descent, recently my mother’s sister and her husband visited Australia for the first time, gifted to me was a lovely hand crotchet lacework from Slovenia that now sits proudly framed in my home.

The craft my mother passed onto me was tapestry, knitting and sewing, I recall the hours of sitting together with my sisters and mother completing our needlework, sharing stories and spending time together.

My favourite photo of my mother taken by my father when they were dating.

My favourite photo of my mother taken by my father when they were dating. c 1960 Slovenia

Nostalgia sets in when you start to work with familiar crafts incorporating into my own craft, I pass a little family history on for my nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews of a time and place, and of people in a culture that belongs to them.

©All images remain as property @marikaceramics. ©Design and concept elements remain as intellectual property @marikaceramics as per copyright laws.©

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