Although these methods created beautiful designs, after 5 years it nearly sent her potty! Not because of the obsessive nature of the work (we all know that Sue's motivation is fuelled by perfection, and a desire to make each pot better than the one before), but the problems she was having with the transparent glaze catching in the scratched out grooves and causing bubbling. Yet another box for the seconds cupboard.
Sue always strives for that perfect, silky finish and this was seriously making her bang her head against the wall.....we also had production problems, as unfortunately there is only one of Sue, and however hard she worked, she was only able to make 4 wee boxes in a day.
|Gizmo at work|
It was a steep learning curve for me, as I volunteered to work out how to get Sue's drawings into digital files and printed with ceramic ink ready for Sue to fire onto the pots. Without going into detail (sorry, we both have this trait), I have embraced Illustrator and Photoshop and we have a great little production line rolling. Sue is now able to do curves freely (previously most of her designs were straight lines) and the options for colour are endless!!
|Sue's anemone drawing|
|Sue's red lampposts drawing|