Ti kreative folk som inspirerer oss denne våren

VÅREN HAR endelig inntatt landet vårt, og årstiden har også inntatt sosiale medier. Vi har funnet noen favoritter blant vårlige og inspirerende instagrammere!

1. All things Kita

Jessica bak All Things Kita har spesialisert seg på kaktuser – heklede kaktuser. Med grønne og friske farger lager hun kaktuser for salg.

2. Florian Gadsby

Pottemakeren Florian Gadsby har en instagram full av jordnære naturtoner. Han lager lekre kopper og kar i leire. Legg også merke til at han deler detaljert fra prosessen bak.

New batch of narrow store jars. While I was happy with my last batch, they still weren’t exactly how I had pictured them, I wanted cleaner lines, especially on the lid and a sharpness of rim. I had rounded partly the edge of the top on previous batches, but kept that as close to a right angle as I possibly could. Although difficult to see in this photograph, the top of the lid has a very shallow concave surface, intended to encourage glaze pooling it also effects how they feel when held and used. Like most other lidded forms I make, I throw the lids locating flange very slightly larger than it needs be, perhaps by only a millimetre or two. I tap centre the lid on the wheel-head, upside-down, and turn a sliver away at a time, testing it by placing the body of the pot onto it until it fits without any rattle or tightness. The whole pot, lid and all is then centre and held in place by a few lumps of soft clay. At this point the lids top, what you see here, hasn’t been worked, it’s often wider than necessary and the wiring marks still run across the top. Because the lid fits so tightly I can just turn in together with the base, which makes getting both pieces the same width far easier. I turn them together, using a long flat edged metal kidney at the edge to make sure both the lid and pot follow the same outer line. The pots I make are clean, the surfaces, lines and forms they take tend to be very simple – single planes of clay. In comparison to the soda ware I make part-time, these take more time as every surface is treated and considered, any blemishes left by hand, tool, or speck of clay stuck onto the base when the piece is set down are removed. There’s countless checks and the boards they’re finally put on to dry and swiped clean of any dust or burs. This doesn’t mean that all marks from making are removed, the rough lines from turning remain on the outside form, and throwing rings still remain inside, as they run up the form. Finally, when these have turned bone dry I check the lids fit again. I turn the lid in place, grinding away any minuscule warp that might have incurred as the pieces dried together.

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Handled stoneware mugs, finished and left outside for the wind to dry the handles a touch. Any pot I make that involves having two parts put together, handles especially, I always dry slowly overnight wrapped up beneath plastic sheets. These pictured have only just been assembled, so the handles themselves are very wet and soft, placing them underneath plastic right away would mark them, so I leave them outside just long enough so they develop a firm surface, so the plastic wrapped around them wont damage them. Overnight the two components will acclimatise to one another to the same firmness, thereon it’s all about drying them evenly to ensure there aren’t any cracks. Cracks around handle joins often show after they’ve been attached and left out to dry unevenly or they occur if the handles were joined when the body of the mug was too dry. You can in reality dry pottery quickly, as long as it’s done very evenly, we often rush pots dry by putting them on a board with gaps in above a heater, a close eye is kept on them and they’re moved around often, but you can get away with murder. That being said, cracks that come out of nowhere, even when you’ve done everything right still happen. If a pot has been handled poorly when it’s leather hard it can show as a crack as it dries, but there are some that just seem to materialize for no reason. Porcelain is of course more susceptible and does require special attention, compression when throwing and turning is important and it takes time getting used to working in that way. The stonewares I’m working with at the moment, especially the grey grogged body we use for the soda fired ware doesn’t need any compression and can be thrown without much care. The only cracking I’ve seen on it happens around the handles, but it only occurs when they’re slipped after the clay has begun to turn bone dry. My own clay, that pictured, has to be treated a little more carefully. Every clay body has to be learnt about, it’s nuances, and it certainly takes time to really understand each.

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Boards of glazed pots, powdery to the touch, each waiting their turn to be packed into the kiln. The feldspathic glaze, after it’s been given a number of days to dry out becomes very fluffy, a fine layer of dust is left on my fingers as I handle these, and it chips without any pressure at all. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that one of the most irritating annoyances that can happen when making pottery is when the glaze on the rim flakes off as you knock it going into the kiln, meaning you have to either patch it up frantically, or replace it with another pot. As it’s so powdery, leaving pink fingerprints on the white ware can be an issue, so I carefully try to wipe them away before I pack them, but I’m certain I miss a few. It’s worse with the soda fired ware, the cobalt sprayed pots are the same and it smudges endlessly and leaves countless fingerprints on the tan pots. It’s much harder to remove too, so we often just forget about them, or, if we’ve thinking more clearly, place them in spots likely to be hit much more by direct flames, to hopefully deposit enough molten soda to cover and hide them. The hues at this stage are wonderful, the pink and red and soft white really look quite startling against the moss covered wall behind the kiln. The change they undergo when exposed to fire and an oxygen starved atmosphere for close to twelve hours hasn’t ceased to amaze me yet. While this photograph might be from last year, I am in the process of making another few kiln loads worth of work. So I hope to have a few more shop updates in the coming months, I’m also making, finally, a dozen or so watercolour palette sets. They wont just include the board and the few inlayed pots, but will have external pieces, such as a hand thrown ink dip pen, inkwell and a larger brush holder. It’s been an age since I last made a set and I want them to be just right.

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3. ONR Shop

Rachel bak ONR Shop deler lekre, vårlige bilder med pastellfarger. Hun designer kort og pins. Vi har lyst på alt sammen, selvfølgelig.

4. Myselfie Cottage

Hos Myselfie Cottage går det i både glansbilder, stationary, planter og smårare og morsomme smykker – alt vist frem på svært lekre bilder. Vi aner riktignok ikke hva hun skriver om, fordi det er på italiensk, men sjekk ut de bildene:

[Repost @emilyquinton ].Non sono mai stata brava a dire grazie a parole, o meglio, spesso un "grazie" detto a voce mi sembra sempre insufficiente per esprimere davvero la mia gratitudine. Così nel tempo ho capito che la mia creatività poteva colmare quel senso di insuffucienza. Creare e regalare Myselfie a persone a cui devo molto è il modo migliore che ho. @emilyquinton è per me una vera maestra. Mi ha insegnato che la bellezza non è mai statica e noiosa ma vivace e vitale. Le dovevo un grazie. L'ho fatto così è lei mi ha restituito questa foto meravigliosa. Buona giornata ♡ ~~~~~~~ I've never been good at saying thanks and I've found in my creativity a way to fill that lack. @emilyquinton has always been a great teacher for me. She tought me that beauty is vivid and spontaneous. I had to thank her. I did it this way. Have a great day. #MyselfieNecklace #ilcuoredellemyselfie

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5. Emmieeverlasting

Den norske fotografen Jeanette Carlsen deler nydelige bilder på sin instagram. De kan også kjøpes som print, og er til god inspirasjon:

6. Norwegianmade

Norwegianmade er en samleside som legger ut en rekke flotte bilder fra ulike kunstnere og håndverkere. Her er det scandi-stil og nydelige bilder som gjelder.

#norwegianmade ?? #norwegianmadeaccessories Made by @vonremvik

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#norwegianmade ?? #norwegianmadewoodwork #norwegianmadeinterior Made by @freywood.no

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#norwegianmade ?? #norwegianmadeartandillustration Poster by @wallstoriesoslo

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7. Juju Irene

Norske Ashley Wiik deler bilder av prossessen bak de nydelige akvarellene hun maler. Bør absolutt sjekkes ut!

8. Yao Cheng

Kunstneren Yao Cheng deler også utrolig flotte bilder fra kunsten sin og prosessen bak. Hun bruker sterke, klare farger:

Daydreaming with cherry blossoms…#workinprogress #watercolor #creativezone

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