My first love in the art world is Art Nouveau. The gentle flowing lines, the movement and suggestion of form, and the rich earthy colours in the designs.
|Art Nouveau Inspiration|
|Alphonse Mucha - Donna Orechini|
|Alphonse Mucha - Job Cigarettes|
|Alphonse Mucha - Zodiac|
When you look closely at his work, it seems deceivingly simple, a series of heavy lines, with washed pastel colours, but the sum of the parts is an incredible result.
|Alphonse Mucha - Posing a model|
Mucha regularly used photography as a tool for his work, building grand sets with his models, taking many photographs, and choosing elements from them to create his artworks. After school, I studied photography at college and have hundreds of pictures from which I regularly draw inspiration.
If you'd like to read more about Mucha's life and work, you must visit the Mucha foundation website, full of information and even colouring pages of his line drawings.
I also love to draw, and have multiple sketchpads full of work I've produced in pursuit of my own style.
The simple suggestive style really appeals to me and I've been exploring that with some new tile designs.
|Carved tile designs|
I'm really enjoying working on a larger scale and these designs include my love of carving, nature, photography and Art Nouveau.
Inspired by Jenny's post showing how she uses underglazes for her work, I decided to try it out myself for my first test. The carved tile was decorated in multiple layers of underglaze to create solid colours, outlined in black and then fired with a coat of clear glaze. I've found with my underglazes, they work better if you fire them bare, then fire again with the clear. The colours turn out much brighter.
For a second test, I tried single colours of transparent glaze. These turned out to be my favourites.
|Single colour glazed tile|
I've always had a thing for the way glaze breaks over texture, and in this version, the carving really stands out.
Not wanting to abandon beads altogether, I tried out some miniature versions of the tiles as pendants.
|Hand carved ceramic pendants|
Next I'm going to try these out with multiple colours, although on previous attempts, this hasn't always gone to plan and they looked a bit messy, maybe having a bit more patience might be the key!
And finally, as I really liked the smaller tile pendants, I tried out one of the design in bronze clay, using the same hand carving techniques I used for the clay versions.
|Carved bronze pendant|
I'd like to turn this in to some jewellery, I have bronze wire on order, just need to decide how to go about making up the chain! I'm thinking something with rich coloured Czech glass beads and wrapped wire.
And finally, a quick update on the mugs from my last post. They're still very much a work in progress, I've decided the handle on this one is too big, but I quite like the multi coloured glazing (which took forever!) I think with a bit of tweaking, and maybe an extra coat of glaze for a more solid colour on the purple, they will be pretty cool!
It's still great fun to drink out of something you've created yourself, even if it isn't exactly as you'd like it.
I'm really enjoying the journey I'm taking with my work, it's extremely satisfying to search for what it is that you love and express it through your work.
I'd love to hear what it is that inspires your work... don't forget to leave a comment!