It has been a bumpy start to the ceramic year because, for the first time in about 25 years, I experienced the torture of kiln troubles. I was unable to fire regularly for almost two months, which has led to a huge backlog in my production. All this seems to be over now and it is full steam ahead at Louise Gelderblom Artworker!

 These beauties came out of the kiln this week. The smooth and sometimes slightly textured surfaces on these elegant vessels are rich with crackled glazes in milk, cream, pearl, cloud and smoke; some areas are shiny, others a very tactile semi-matte, but all in all it is a satisfying series, which make a statement viewed from a distance and invites the viewer for a closer look and a bit of a feel.

I find it very difficult to keep my website updated. (No surprises there!) Recently I found a treasure trove of images of my work on Pinterest, and nowadays I refer clients to this page if they want an idea of what I have been up to in the past. Very convenient!

Thank you Pinterest!

Have a look here

Every year I suggest a theme to explore during the year for the lovely people who come to my studio for some clay love. This year the theme is HEADS UP. Fantastic heads are emerging the whole time, each unique and reflecting the personalities of the makers. Here is a head that I made recently. It has a little spirit animal attached to the scull to keep it alert at all times, and the mouth is uttering an astounded “O!” in bright red Helvetica Bold Condensed. It is slightly larger than life size.

I am offering some special short courses for those people who would like to dip their toes in the ceramic waters:

This is a great option for people who are already clay savvy and want to do a specific project, but are not sure they want to commit to a longer period.
It can be structured to run over 6 weeks, or in a shorter time period, with several sessions per week.
R 2000

Two months or 8 sessions is all it takes to learn the basics of hand-building. Learn in a jovial group environment and produce lovely, usable “things” as you learn. Suitable for beginners, inquisitive types and those people who are not sure of their technique or need a bit of a refresher.
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