Thursday, 2 August 2012

Planning a ceramic model.

Planning a ceramic building:

Considering the paper sketch of the Boulevard Haussmann:


There seem to be at least 5 levels of relief:

the facade of the building;
etched lines to indicate window frames (see A. below);
the black window shapes which will be recessed (see B. below);
the decorative stone work above some of the windows (see C. below) which I think I will cut out of a strip of clay and stick on to the facade. Maybe I'll be able to fashion a small 'punch' like a little pastry cutter to cut out multiple versions.
Details painted on with a specialised glaze pencil (see D. below).



Regarding the recessed windows, there are numerous methods for achieving that: shellac or other resist techniques - not sure they're effective in creating sharp corners (see earlier blogs); digging out with a cutter - will produce crisp corners but would be very time-consuming. Will have to think more about this.

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Personality Development:

Last year, when dining in a certain Norfolk restaurant, we were served at different times, by a couple of very young and nervous waiting staff - obviously novices. The girl was tiny and almost anorexic - her uniform was twenty times too large for her. The boy was also pretty slim and hardly said a word.

They were both on duty this year - and what a transformation. The girl - still teeny and anorexic looking - was now almost snooty and very much the female maitre d', very much the boss of the establishment. It was a very gratifying transformation to behold.

The boy was still slim and fairly short but was now sporting what I can only describe as a large emerald in one of his ear lobes and had turned himself into Kenneth Williams - camping it up all over the restaurant floor. Seemed happy as Larry (Grayson, that is). Again, a really impressive transformation.

I await my own transformation with interest.

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Last night's dinner:


Chicken liver pate

Black sea bream and samphire.



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Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Edmund, Hunstanton.

Visited this lovely little church this morning where as per usual the only other person present was a parishioner doing voluntary cleaning.

Side chapel.

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