Having shared with you the artwork by my students at the end of September where we were already busy crafting things for Halloween (back then it was still unfired and unglazed), I thought I’d show you how it looks after they had some fun with glazes (more often than not putting the glaze on themselves than on their clay art):
Doesn’t the eyeball give you the creeps? The same student crafted my favorite little ghost in the back and the little figure with big black eyes in the front too.
The devil always knows how to dress in style and is wearing a top hat.
Clay pumpkins will last much longer than real ones and can be used year after year.
Wonder what happened to the owner of this hand…
The kids had lots of fun crafting these pieces of art and it was a real joy watching how they tried to outdo each other with their creepy ideas.
There’s a reason why Grimm’s Fairy Tales for example are still as successful as they were hundreds of years ago. 😉
At the street market
The weather has been unusually mild and sunny this October.
So instead of hurriedly running around at the street market, trying to get a real bargain in under three seconds and hurrying back home, I took my time that day and acted like a tourist, taking pictures for you with my phone to share some impressions of one of Berlin’s most popular street markets that takes place every Tuesday and Friday at the Maybachufer in Kreuzberg.
Because most of the stalls are operated by Turkish families who have lived here in Berlin since the 70’s, the market is colloquially called “Türkenmarkt” by locals.
Another big feature of this market are the cloth stalls. I usually go here when I need some cloth for a new project as they sell good quality at reasonable prices.
Sadly Berlin isn’t by the sea, so fresh seafood is hard to come by apart from a few stalls like these. I admit that most of the time I buy deep-freeze fish and prawns at the supermarket though, since it’s a lot cheaper.
Since the market attracts more and more tourists each year, you can also shop for special gifts like these little handmade bags that caught my eye.
Usually where there’s art there’s also a lot of kitsch to be found as well, and to my embarrassment I have to confess that I fell in love with this little bag.
And because I asked nicely the seller at the flowers stall allowed me to take a picture of these hydrangea and decorative cabbages.
After pushing and shoving your way through the masses for what feels like an eternity but might have been a mere fifteen minutes, a sight like this is very welcome and tempting.
And a look behind the scenes is always interesting. I wonder if they’d notice if I try to sneak an apple or so behind their backs? 😉
Okay, I admit I used a little filter with the following pic, but the clouds did look as fluffy as little sheep that day.
And what did I buy that day? Just some green tomatoes, fresh dates, fresh garlic and some parsley. 🙂
Almost every year my mum and I gather some autumn leaves to turn into clay art. This is something I also do with my students and it’s always a huge hit with them as it is fairly easy to do.
This year we gathered a few leaves from a Gingko tree that stands on the school grounds.
First you flatten out your clay with a rolling pin, then you put the leaves on, and roll some more.
After that you take a knife or a thin stick and carefully trace the leaves out.
The technique is not unlike cutting out cookies. 😉
A couple of days of drying, then I put them in the kiln.
If you’re curious on how they’ll look once glazed, stay tuned for the next post of The Changing Seasons at the end of November. 😉
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