Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Clay relief pictures

Playing with clay slips and carving into plaster. This piece of Manchester Town Hall is fired to earthenware. I like the way the honey glaze pools and picks out the relief.

clay relief (Anna Violet)

Friday, 3 March 2017

Illustrations for 'The Singing Tortoise'

Yay, The Singing Tortoise (author Kate Scott) is out, illustrated by me in diluted inks. Published by Oxford University Press (Oxford Reading Tree, All Stars, level 11), a young reader's book aimed at 6-7 year olds. Here's a taster from over 50 b&w illustrations.










Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Playing with clay and plaster


Secateurs Landscape, porcelain and iron oxides

Manchester Town Hall, clay slip onto carved plaster, unfired

Ceramic Stone, terracotta with slips and oxides

clay slip cast from plaster mould of glove, unfired




Drawing into Clay

Dorian Gray, drawn into smeared clay
Dorian Gray, allowed to gradually dry out

Dorian Gray, allowed to gradually dry out some more

clay print onto carved plaster (clay casting slip), unfired

clay print onto carved plaster, oxides added and fired 

clay print onto carved plaster, oxides added and fired 

oxides onto rolled out clay and scaffitto


drawing/carving into plaster

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ceramics textures

Having a play with stretching out painted oxide patterns on rolled out clay and pressing into moulds.








Saturday, 24 December 2016

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Workshop making clay mice

Thrilled to run a drop-in mouse-making workshop for children last Saturday at Bolton Museum, as part of the opening of their new exhibition, 'Animals and Us'. The exhibition features Leopold the mascot mouse (drawn and designed by me in black and white).

We made over 60 little mice, using self-hardening clay, string, pink cardboard, small hazel twigs, paper and pencils. Clay is great to use with children because it is so malleable.
Leopold the mascot mouse @annaviolet