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Traditional Tuesday – Gzhel Porcelain

Traditional Tuesday examines a beautiful old porcelain technique developed near Moscow in the 1800's. Although Stoneware had been produced in this region since the 1400's, it wasn't until 19th century that the Russians perfected Chinese porcelain techniques in Gzhel. This traditional legacy continues today.

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Why Make it Yourself? Travel theme – Handmade

When it comes to darning socks, almost no-one does it anymore. Cheap items and time poor couples with high disposable income, have relegated simple repairs to low priced essentials, to the pages of history books. Shouldn't we be overjoyed that we are freed from the yoke of menial tasks?

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Upcycling: Folk art – Tole painting on metal jug

  Despite the intense heat of the last few days, I did manage to produce a small item of decorative art. An old metal jug/watering can needed a facelift.  A simple daisy flower painted with a technique of using progressively lighter overlaying shades of acrylic gouache, some blended dry brushed leaves and some flyspecking with… Continue reading Upcycling: Folk art – Tole painting on metal jug