Saturday, 3 January 2009

Slow Cloth and Practical Pottery

low fired stitchery

The problem is going to be narrowing a very wide field - I've found enough ideas to make this a lifetime work.

Also have a title - how is this LOL:

"The Handbuilders Approach to Soft Pottery and Slow Cloth: including Kiln Building and Low-fired Stitchery"

I tried some fabric dyeing with iron oxide yesterday, but the results were disappointing, the very vivid looking red on the wet fabric washed out to a pale pink.
I'll do some more and try setting it in the micro-wave before washing.

The iron oxide seemed to have a reaction to the vinegar I had soaked the cloth with, and gave off an irridescent sheen which looked really good while it was still wet.

dyeing fabric with iron oxide

dyeing fabric with iron oxide

dyeing fabric with iron oxide


Jackie said...

I saw some work by Pollie Uttley and husband, a few years ago who makes 'fabric' from porcelain. I looked them up to give you a link and find I am in the same exhibition as them! (I didn't go to the preview!)Anyway its here

Erica said...

Jackie thank you for that link, what beautiful work they make! the wall pieces really look embroidered. Way back when..I experimented with dipping fabric and lace in liquid slip clay and firing it, the lace and fabric burn out but the resulting pieces were very fragile, I also pressed laces into clay to make patterns as the Uttley's have but never got to the breathtaking point that they have reached

Morag Lloyds said...

I Love your notebook its a piece of artwork on its own! great blog realy interesting work.

Erica said...

thanks Morag - I've just had a chance to look at your blog, I've been tracing family history so am always interested in seeing photos of Scotland, loved looking at yours

Anonymous said...

It is certainly interesting for me to read that article. Thanx for it. I like such topics and everything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more soon.

Erica said...

thanks "anonymous"

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