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I set myself a challenge to make an Air Dry clay mini object every week for 12 weeks. I want to be spontaneous and see what happens. Maybe my objects will be greatly improved by the end.

Week 1 is complete and here is my first Mini Make of my 12 week challenge. I ended up making a simple plate which measures only a few inches wide. Keeping them small is one of the constraints I have decided to give myself.

I used white air dry clay that I actually brought from Tiger (so it’s really cheap and easily available) and made a simple ring dish, painted with pink acrylic. The dots were done with a black sharpie but when varnishing they bled a bit. This is definitely a real learning curve for me to see what works and what doesn’t.

I’m using this one to keep my rings in now because I love the colour and design of it.

Air dry clay is a wonderful material to use for beginners and young children. You don’t need any special equipment and your makes don’t have to go in the oven which is a big plus. It’s a great activity to do with any young people you may know as you could make decorations for christmas, gifts or letter to spell out their names.

If fun DIY’s are something that might interest you I would love to direct you to my Pinterest board called DIY And Craft. It’s packed with simple projects and includes some fun makes to do with air dry clay. This project is particularly fun looking and so SIMPLE! Who wouldn’t want to make a dish shaped like a pineapple, and imagine making a whole fruit range as a present for someone.

Follow along on Instagram using the #AlicesMiniMakesMini-Make_01_Alice-Potter_2016

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Today, I wanted to share my intentions for the next 12 weeks. My plan or manifesto, if you like.

I have been so inspired by all those taking part in the 100 days of project, but I wanted to do something that wasn’t daily and that had a more relaxed feel to it. I also wanted it to be a skill or material I have no experience with, so that by the end I may (or may not) be better.

That’s why, starting from the week of the 25th April, I am going to start a 12 week challenge where twice a week I make a mini object out of air dry clay. It’s a material I have recently come across but have little experience with, so it will be a time for learning and experimentation.

I have set myself a few parameters to keep it consistent which I will list below:

  1. I will make 2 air dry clay objects each week for 12 weeks (except the week I may be away, in which case, I will prep before)
  2. The maximum height will be 4″
  3. The maximum diameter will be up to 5″
  4. I will decorate each with a unique pattern
  5. Each ‘mini make’ will be documented weekly and put onto this blog and other social media channels
  6. At the end I will document all 24 (hopefully) in a beautiful final photoshoot. 

I have popped some of my main inspirations below which can be linked back via my ceramics page on Pinterest.

Follow along on Instagram with the #Alice’sMiniMakes.

Leah Jackson Ceramics

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Nordstrum

L’atelier des Garcons

Recently, I was lucky enough to be asked to work once again with the team at Bulletin Magazine on an internal editorial illustration. Last year I did a typographic cover for the magazine, which was my first cover art, and my overall experience with the team at the publishers, has led me to love the creative freedom they give their artists.

Below is my editorial spread for the article on therapists using Skype to offer one-one sessions with school students.

I wanted my illustration to convey the privacy of the sessions but also the remoteness of doing therapy via the internet. To convey this I used the image of a desk in an office with the computer screen showing the start of a session between a child and their therapist.

You can see below some rough sketches that were sent along to the client before I started on the computer. These are more rough than I normally would do, and I would generally tend to do roughs on the computer in line. You can see the theme beginning here in the roughs, and the client decided upon the bottom version which was my top choice.

Editorial Illustration for Bulletin magazine - rough illustration

Bulletin Magazine March 2016 edition

This is the final version in print in the March 2016 edition over a centre fold spread. I’m really happy with the simple colour scheme and overall effect of the finished illustration. Coming up with a solution to the subject matter was a challenge but I think I achieved a response that was both bold and sensitive to the theme.

Bulletin Magazine Internal Editorial Illustration by London based Illustrator Alice Potter

Bulletin Magazine Internal Editorial Illustration by London based Illustrator Alice Potter

It’s a real pleasure to work with clients who give creative freedom to their artists, and I hope to have the opportunity to work with the team at Bulletin again.

If you like this editorial piece and would like something similar, then please get in touch HERE.

Wow! This year has flown by for me. What has actually been 12 months feels like 6 and it surprises me how much you can achieve in that perceived time-frame. Below I am going to outline a few projects that have stood out  for me, and some personal things from this year:

1. WWT Waterlife Magazine

I was happy to start the year working on an editorial project for a trust that I admire and am passionate about. When I was 15, and in the first summer that the Wetlands Centre was open (around 2002 I think), I did my work experience feeding birds, planting rice paddies and getting sunburnt. It was wonderful! Having the opportunity to create illustrations for their magazine was like re-visiting an old friend.

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2. France

It’s become my second home this year having visited Paris, Lille, Epernay, Reims, Chalons en Champagne and Nime on multiple occasions. Here is a photo from my trip to the South Of France in July.

Le Grau De Roi

3. Make Art That Sells

At the end of October I signed up to the Lilla Rogers Studio Make Art That Sells course. That turned out to be an excellent decision, as during those short 5 weeks, my creativity improved and I had a new passion for designing again. I have since signed up for the Assignment Bootcamp starting in January, and will be joining Part Be of MATS in March. My drawing pencil is tingling with excitement already!

Week 2: Home Decor

Pretty Suzani_02

 

 

4. My Boyfriend

At the end of November I celebrated 1 year with my boyfriend, Aurelien. He’s French, which will explain all the visits to France this year. We have been very lucky to travel as much as we have and I look forward to more future adventures with him.

Eastbourne Portrait

5. Secret Projects

In November I worked on a really exciting project with a great client. The brief was wonderfully free and open, and I look forward to sharing the results in 2015. I also signed a temporary contract with Cinnamon Joe Studio, and have been busy designing new prints for stationery and kids clothes. Since MATS, I have a new sense of what I want my career to be, and being a full time freelance designer for a studio like Cinnamon Joe is that dream. If things go well with them, I hope to be able to share with you some of my sold designs out there in the world.

6. My Niece

What a gift she really is! It’s such a wonderful pleasure being an aunt and it has made family get together’s all the more special. When you come from an exceptionally small family like I do, any new addition is greatly received and my niece Phoebe has certainly had an entertaining 1st year. Here is a little picture of her about a month before her 1st birthday.

Phoebe

 

I was lucky enough to design a number of exclusive patterns for Issue 9 of Homemaker Magazine by Aceville Publications. The patterns are available in a pull out booklet along with a number of Habitat designs. Issue 10 will also have some more exclusive designs for you all, so keep an eye out for that at the end of August. For now, Issue 9 is available from all good newsagents and supermarkets from tomorrow.

Homemker Issue 9