The Craft Showcase changes every month, displaying a variety of crafts.
All items in this showcase are for sale at the Alfred East Art Gallery.
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Ise & Nene Valley Turners
Ise and Nene Valley Turners were formed three years ago by five enthusiastic wood turners, after realising there was not a wood turning club within a 30 mile radius of Kettering.
The club meets on the third Thursday of each month at Cranford Village Hall, where they hold demonstrations by either professional turners or club members. The club is extremely friendly and welcomes new members of all abilities. The club has been recognised nationally in the national woodturning magazine as one of the few clubs in the country where the club membership keeps growing.
On the back of his last years near sell out solo exhibition, 'People through time - an artist's perspective', Michael Wright returns with more observations of life which reflect the modern times we are living in. From the humorous to the political and from his beautifully sculpted white figures to his carved wooden sculptures, this is a craft case people will not want to miss.
Enamelling is essentially the art of firing glass particles onto a metal surface. There are many methods of application, and several different metals can be used. My preferred technique is to sift dry powdered enamels onto copper bowls and dishes. These are then fired in a small kiln at temperatures between 800°C and 900°C. Several applications and firings are carried out until a pleasing result is obtained.
Enamels can be transparent or opaque, and are supplied in many colours. Sometimes the colours change in the kiln as the enamels react with the copper, the heat and each other.
I am currently experimenting with raku firing of enamels. This is a technique more usually associated with ceramics, but can produce exciting effects on enamel. It involves removing a hot piece from the kiln, and dropping it into a tin of combustible material such as papers or leaves. The atmosphere inside the tin is starved of oxygen, called reduction. The fire draws out the oxygen in the metallic oxides within the enamels. This gives a metallic sheen to the piece.