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Painting Moths

Hello friends! Sorry for the long silence, this year has been really hard for me for various reasons. So much so that I’ve given up drawing the IZS Comic for the time being. This was a really hard decision for me, one that I whipped myself over for months but for the sake of my mental health, I’ve given the reigns over to my husband and creative partner, Izak.

At the end of last year, I had a look at our savings and I was really pleased to see how far we’d come and how close we were to my dream of owning my own kiln. With my own kiln, I could properly run Little Life as a business, running workshops and creating work on demand. I figured that by the end of the year we’d have enough saved to buy a brand new kiln. However, we’ve had to put that dream aside for now as we’ve found ourselves suddenly on one income. This has been harder for me than I’d care to admit and has taken a toll on my mental wellbeing.

Little black ceramics pots have made it to the store!

I made the decision many years ago to be open about my constant battle with depression. And though my battle has kept me from feeling able enough to see friends and family on a more regular basis, I’m still blessed enough with the power of the internet to reach out to people. This blog post has taken me many sessions to write so please don’t think I am in any way put together. Also please don’t think I am in any great danger, I’m struggling to be sure, but I am always fighting.

I’ve written about depression before if you’re at all interested in reading about it, I’ve written a wee essay titled *ahem*

Depression; Why it’s a Fuck Face and Some Tips for Shitting on its Fuck Face
(You can read it by clicking the title above)

I’m currently struggling to take my own advice, it’s hard when your body and soul feels like melting into a sad puddle on the floor. The thought of fighting it is so far from your mind, instead, sad Eeyore-like thoughts fill your mind like a canteen. “I don’t mind if you step in this sad puddle as you walk on by, I’m only a puddle.”

Working on my artwork, or, not working on my artwork becomes a constant battle. On one hand, I say to myself, who am I without my work? On the other hand, I think I’d like to spend my spare time as an unhappy rainwater pool if you don’t mind. I have to remind myself that my worth is not measured in the work I produce.

 

I’ve been able to find joy in tending to my ever expanding collection of houseplants. Tending to their needs and checking them for bugs has given me something to take my mind off everything. I feel like I can set myself aside for a time and try to help something else grow. When one of my plant children puts out a new leaf I take great joy in it. I feel like they help me feel less self-involved, which is a very apparent problem for me at the moment.


Painting Moths

Moths appear time and time again in my work for many reasons, I think they are incredibly beautiful, extremely cute and often misunderstood. The main black spot on their records seems to be how they flit around our porch lights or how they come inside if you happen to crack open a door for more than a split second in the evening.

Moths fly using transverse orientation which means they navigate by flying at a constant angle to a light source like the moon. Unfortunately, moths and other insects get confused by our porch lights and end up trapped flying around in an endless loop. A bit like how my thoughts, usually guided by a bigger picture, are now trapped flipping uselessly around a barren lightbulb.

In Maori folklore, the Puriri moth is thought to be a spiritual messenger or the ghost of a relative returning to visit their descendants. Flying out at dusk to deliver their messages from the spirit realm.

They’re a little misunderstood, a little delicate, a bit magical and they like to be painted on pots.

To Long, Did Not Read Version:

I’m ok. I like moths.

Coming Up

Coming up for Little Life Workshop and IZS Comic is Hamilton Zinefest on Saturday the 12th of May (2018). I’ll be there selling some rad ceramics, stickers, zines, posters and we’ll have some brand new foiled prints available. The foiled prints look rad, check them out on my Instagram stories, come check us out at Hamilton. I’ll be there, IZS Comic will be there, Pepper Raccoon will be down from Kerikeri, Sock Review (aka Rachel Lynch) will be up from Wellington and Say Cheese Louise will be there. There is going to be some great speakers including, but not limited to, Ross Murray (and by god, you better be there for that) and Zenobia Southcombe from Blue Mushroom Books. Check it out, drive down from Auckland, drive up from Tauranga, wherever you are, you should come.

See you there!
xox
Becky Hunt

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Ceramics Illustration

My Broken Pottery Wheel

I wanted to do some personal ceramic work on Thursday (Jan 11), so I danced down to my studio, aka the garage, dodged past half a million daddy long legs the size of dogs to get to the power switch, turned everything on and sat at my pottery wheel. I started the machine up and …

THUNK.

Well, that’s not a good sound, I thought to myself. That sounds almost exactly like the drive head hitting straight into the metal of the wheel drive without the rubber tyre to stop it from abrading.

Maybe I didn’t think that, but the sound wasn’t good. I checked the inside of my wheel and yup, the drive tyre was lying broken on the floor like a sad, failed condom.

My wheel was broken.

 

 

 

So the next thing I needed to do was find a replacement part. After calling and emailing half the country on January 11, I found that the entire pottery community of New Zealand was still on holiday. I eventually discovered that Wellington Potters Supplies were up and running and they had the part that I needed. Hallelujah! The part was ordered and I sat by my door and waited.

When the part eventually arrived Isaac and I hurried to get downstairs to repair the wheel. Holy hell it was hard to get on. Our neighbours probably thought we were giving birth we made so much noise.

But eventually we got the bloody thing on, I adjusted my wheel and it was working again.

I then, get this, went back to hand building pots.

While I was waiting for my part to arrive, I acquired a rather beautiful banding wheel and began to handbuild my pots. I hand build all the time of course but this is the first time I’ve used a banding wheel and what a difference it makes! I’ve been so in love with it, I’ve continued hand building my pots after my wheel was fixed. Yes, I am a bad person.

Whos dirty little pot footprints are these?

I started to really fall in love with these little pots.

 

I’m finally bringing some more of my illustration back into my pots. The reason I’ve abstained from really painting my pots in the past is that I felt I really needed to improve my ceramic making abilities before I spent hours painting a piece. It has taken me years but I finally feel that my ability has improved enough for me to invest in my work and illustrate them. This is my first illustrated pot and oh gosh, I’m so in love.

Purirri moths, thyme and mushrooms. All of my favourite things on a pot.

The reason I’m wearing a mask in the above photo is to protect my lungs from clay dust. The technique I’m using is called Scraffito, the dust produced from scratching back through my illustrations will turn back into clay if it comes into contact with water. Something you really don’t want in your nice moist lungs!

If you ever get into making pottery, please protect yourself from clay dust! It really is very harmful and a lot of workshops and classes I’ve been to in the past fail to mention this to their students. If you’re working with any sort of dust, clay, glaze or otherwise, please wear a mask. If possible, one with a HEPA filter which is certified for dust particles. My mask was about $40 for Mitre 10. And bonus, it looks hella cute!

So my wheel is fixed, (I’ve used it exactly once since then) and my classes are starting this week. I’m excited to get back to Hungry Creek, work with some awesome potters and hopefully pump out some more work. I’ve got a whole bunch of these little moth pots in the works so at some point they’ll be making their way onto the website! Fingers crossed!

I’ve also have a commision to finish which has had some heartbreaking catastrophic failures so far. I’m praying that the kiln is gentle with me this term so I can get it finished, so many broken platters last term! All going well I can share that journey with you all by the end of April.

xox
Becky Hunt

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Ceramics

Exhibitions And A Weather Bomb

Although the year is only just starting, it has been an eventful one. Just before New Years my friend Rachel came up from Wellington to stay with us. One of the first things we did was head over to the Auckland Art Gallery to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition: The Obliteration Room. Before entering the room you get given a stickers sheet covered in colourful dots, you may use the dots however you choose when you enter the room. And wow.

We had a lot of fun in this room as you can see. The only real thing that stopped us from staying longer was the piano in one corner and the children who were willfully bashing the keys. After about 15 minutes of key bashing and that one child who knew chopsticks, I quickly placed the remaining dots and we left. Vowing to myself that I’d never have a piano in my house if I ever simultaneously had young children.

Thank you for censoring your face for the photo, young man

What I liked best about the room was how the artist was obviously playing with areas that were more “sticky” than others. While some objects were totally obscured by the dots, other showed their form simply by having less traction for our little dots. It’s truly an exhibit that you have to see in person.

While Rach was staying with us, we had time to create some ceramics together so I took her through the basics of clay and she made a very well made planter pot and a necklace charm.

Tell me your secrets little pot

As well as having heaps of fun creating these guys with the talented Sock Review, it was good teaching practice for me. At some point, I will start teaching classes, but that will be a wee while away.


Hitting The Road

We left Isaac at home and Rach and I jumped in my old white piece of sh*t Toyota towards Kerikeri to visit our friend Pepper Raccoon! The forecast was for rain but the weather was gorgeous so we decided to risk it, New Zealand forecasts are really just guidelines anyway, it was bound to change.

The first afternoon was stunning.

 

The next day was shit.

We decided to make the most of it by going to Rainbow Falls Tea House. Oh gosh, this place was so cute.

I mean, other than that gutter that suddenly exploded with water right where our table had been.

It was all a good laugh though, we quickly moved out table, helped by the lovely staff, and were served our tea.

The tea was glorious.

Pepper Raccon with her devonshire tea

Thank you for inviting us into your home and lives Pepper and Pete! We had such a wonderful time, even though the weather did not do our bidding. I can’t wait to see you lovely people again! xox

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When the Kiln Gets Too Hot

On Saturday morning I was recovering from a severe hangover by lying in my underwear and moaning loudly on our purple couch. A bird was chirping outside the window and although I was thoroughly out of sorts, I knew it was a bird I’d never heard before. I dispatched Isaac to investigate, he called through the window, “It’s a baby!” Walking outside in nothing but a singlet and a pair of purple undies, too hung over to give a shit about the neighbours seeing me, I observed that Isaac had found a fledgeling thrush. We took the bird inside and placed it in a box with a towel over the top while Isaac mowed the lawn and I lay on a different couch moaning and making sure the cat didn’t get too curious. The predator in question was indeed very curious but was also far too well trained to jump onto the table.

After the lawns were neatly trimmed be took the bird, safely in its box, outside to the hedge opposite our house. I watched (in actual clothes this time) as Isaac wedged the box high into the bush away from wanton cats, the fledgeling could leave if it wished or stay in relative safety.

It was about an hour later that we were confronted by this scene as we prepared to leave to go to my sister’s exhibition.
I’d just like to quickly mention that our cat is microchipped and wears a collar with a bell, which seems to have protected the birds in the area thus far.

Just before I snapped these pictures, Tandem had accidentally batted the fledgeling off the edge of the box with her tail without realising it. The fledgeling was fairly unconcerned, it fluttered down to the ground and took off into the bush to avoid the cat. Tandem proceeded to climb onto the unsteady box, cry, and search for the no longer present bird. The carton wobbled and Tandy attempted to back off, only most her weight was on the box already, she’d come too far, she was stuck. She cried.

And we laughed.

Where is birb?

Later that evening when we returned home, I spent some time brushing sticks, leaves and tree gum from Tandy’s coat. She liked that.

So many foxes to finish!
So many to put on the website!

I’ve had a problem in the past with finding an item on my web store that I’d just sold at a festival. I’d need to find it and remove it from the website so that it doesn’t get sold twice. It gets confusing when multiples of something have been made, I have to start looking for minute differences in the shape and paint. This has become even harder with the addition of fox and bear pins to the store, so I’ve started working on a SKU system.

Now every item in the store has a SKU code and I should hopefully never have that problem again! It’s been super fun to work on, building my own secret language like I did with my sister when we were kids. I’ve had so much fun with it that I’ve been procrastinating doing my other freelance work and I feel like I finally deserve every time I was dubbed a nerd in my life.

Look. I’m using pastel highlighters. It is very exciting.

When The Kiln Gets Two Hot
a tale of woe

I’ve had plenty of ceramic disasters this term, from the kiln running too hot, my ceramics getting a little too close to the kiln sides, to utter and total ceramic shattering failure. After one particularly gruelling week, the week that I went home to cry in the arms of my husband, my tutor congratulated me on coming back; “you know someone is a real potter when they face that kind of heartbreak, pick themselves up and keep potting.”
I walked away from that conversation and said to Isaac, “did you hear that??? He called me a potter, I’m a real potter!”
Put that on my gravestone guys, I’m a real potter now.

This is a good example of a small failure. I won’t share my worst story because that one deserves a fucking essay of its own. I’ll share that story in the new year, once my heart has healed. This cup was a commission for my neighbour, I spent some time illustrating it with dice, this was to be his DnD mug after all! The purple paint is made from cobalt oxide and goes a beautiful navy blue once fired.

But alas, the mug was over fired and the detail was lost. Still a beautiful mug and makes a gorgeous “ting” sound when flicked, but the illustration is now a sad blue smudge marring the side of the cup.

This happened because the glaze is essentially glass, the hotter the kiln gets, the more the molten glass wants to run down the side of the cup, pulling my hard work and all my dreams down with it.

Some victories

I’ve been working on this pot for the last couple terms, I’ve had to put it off for ages to finish my commissions but now she is finally out of the kiln.

I created this planter from a black clay imported from LA. It’s an interesting clay to work with and takes to hand building well. Its high magnesium content makes glazing difficult though so I left it unglazed and decorated it with white slip and white underglaze. Around the side of the pot is a quote from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and illustrations of the native New Zealand puriri moth.

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”
Sylvia Plath

I may have accidentally left out the word “old” but let’s pretend I didn’t fuck up one of my favourite quotes. The pot now houses my chain of hearts which is looking rather magnificent cascading down the livingroom wall.

This next piece has my logo slapped over the centre to keep it a little bit secret, but this is for the commission I’ve been spending the last few months creating. This is the job that has caused the most heartbreak I’ve ever had from a piece of ceramic but it has also been an incredible learning curve. I will go into more detail in another post, but for now, I’m just glad some of these fuckers made it through that goddamn kiln alive.

This is quite possibly my last post for 2017 so I’m going to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year! I hope to see you all back here in 2018. ~~<3

xox
Becky Hunt

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The Process Behind Making Ceramic Pins

My ceramic pins are a lot of fun to make, I originally made a single fox pin for my sister (which I believe I kept and never gave it to her), I received so much positive feedback about it that I decided to keep making them. They always start off as a ball of clay which I mould into the shape of a bunny, fox, wolf or bear with my hands. I pinch my fingers over the nose and push down to make the back flat, this also gives their brows definition.

Once I’m happy with how the face is shaped I set them aside to dry, once dried they can be fired for their first of two firings, this is called the bisque firing. Once bisqued, the piece is no longer clay but ceramic, it is at this stage that I paint them and dip them into a glossy clear coat of glaze. I’ll either use underglazes to achieve the colour of the painted foxes, an underglaze pencil to get a pencil like finish or a combination of the two. Once I’m happy with how they’re painted I’ll glaze them and they’ll go into the kiln once again.

The final firing will go up to 1222.C and the pieces come out (fingers crossed) beautiful and glossy. I can then go about gluing pin backs to them. The pin backs are glued using a two part glue which needs to be mixed up and takes 24 hours to set. This glue can supposedly take 115kg of weight so in theory, these pin backs won’t be able to be removed without some serious force. I let them sit upside down, blue tacked to a piece of card for a day or two and let the glue set up before I take them off and photograph them.

Why yes, I did draw a cartoon version of my face on that paper

Photographing my products has definately been a learning curve for me, at the moment I only have my phone to take photos with. This might sound silly but I’m better at using DSLR cameras that phone cameras so it has taken me awhile to get used to this thing. Eventually I want to get my own DSLR but for now this will do. There are still some items on the store that need their photos retaken, I need to find time for that!

Taking photos is always fun because I can almost guarantee that my cat, Tandem, will turn up and demand attention. If attention is not given, she will climb into the light box and make me laugh. I love that cat.

Once the photos have been taken and brightened and resized in photoshop, they go on the website and the pins are ready to be sold.

I hope you liked this post, I hope it inspired you to make something awesome. If you’re on twitter my handle is @snailprophet, I’m always keen to see what people have made!
Have a lovely week and remember to be kind to yourself.
xox
Becky Hunt

 

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Ceramics Illustration

The Beautiful People of Wellington

We arrived in Wellington midday on Thursday and the sky could not have been bluer. Upon arriving we pulled our luggage out of the overhead lockers, I turned to Isaac as I donned my straw hat, “I wonder how long it will take for me to lose this to the winds of Wellington.” We then disembarked onto the tarmac and my hat was immediately whipped off my head by the aforementioned winds and took off down the runway. I was both amused and mortified to see my bonnet roll off like a tumbleweed on speed towards another parked airplane, the staff member standing with us on the tarmac was equaling amused as she spoke into her walkie-talkie. As we watched, Isaac laughed while I wanted to melt into the concrete of guilt, a highlighter yellow four-wheel-drive chased my shame. A man jumped out of the vehicle and chased it that final 10 meters as the treacherous hat was making one last concerted effort to escape. He brought it back to us in his bright yellow car. I have rarely been more embarrassed.

And that that how we started our Wellington adventure.
(the hat of shame was not worn again for the duration of our trip)

rustic ceramic pots with their new cactus friends

On friday we caught up with Pepper Raccoon for lunch at Origami on Cuba street. I say “caught up” but really we were meeting for the first time in person as we’d only chatted online previously. It’s interesting when you meet someone for the first time after only ever chatting via Twitter and then Facebook, just before we had lunch Isaac expressed that he was worried Pepper and her husband wouldn’t like us. I was a little worried myself until I remembered that my twitter cover image is a giant squished snail face, I think it gives a good first impression along the lines of ‘I’m lovely and equal parts strange.’

 

Pepper and Pete are so wonderful, we had a great time chatting them and eating all of the sushi. So much sushi. Pepper is the mastermind behind Pepper Raccoon and designs enamel pins, patches, and apparel for individuals with flair. She’s a badass babe who is a hugely talented illustrator, designer and is just simply the loveliest person. Check out her website; www.pepperraccoon.com, find her on twitter; @pepperracoon, and buy her stuff, she is one kiwi artist worth supporting!

We have been talking about potentially doing a collab project sometime early next year. No promises yet, but I think working with Pepper will be a lot of fun!

 

Check out www.pepperraccoon.com for some sweet swag!

After having lunch with Pepper and Pete, we were invited back to their car to do a shady carpark pin swap. While we were chatting, a dude was manhandling his car and swearing quietly to himself directly behind us. He felt it necessary to explain to us what he was doing, we felt that was a good time to say our goodbyes and leave weird man to his car.

That evening we got to spend the evening with Rachel Lynch, also known as Sock Review! We spent the evening eating a ridiculous amount of fish and chips (was that necessary considering our large lunch? Probably not) shooting the shit together and we put Isaac to work stapling Rach’s zines ready for Zinefest. We were there for the conception of Rach’s new zine, the Lemon Zine. A proud zine parent moment for us.

www.etsy.com/nz/shop/sockreview

Wellington Zinefest was awesome, we met so many cool people. We also sold out of one of our prints for the first time. I had several people buy my ceramics through various methods, I even managed to send a paypal invoice so someone could buy a couple of necklaces. That was a hilarious ten minutes trying to quickly write an invoice while ignoring everyone else at the booth. It was a good day.

Rach (aka Sock Review) with one of my handmade pins

I’m now at risk of making this post too long so I’ll do some quick highlights. The Wellington Zinefest after party was great, performances from Scarlet Lashes and Nat Attack left us in tears it was so funny. At one point my husband and I found ourselves clutching each other, crying/laughing on the floor of the Pyramid Club in the middle of their song, “I Only Fucked You As A Joke”. Scarlet Lashes was followed by Gold Medal Famous, who were also friggen awesome.

Rach bought a ceramic pin, then Becky from the Zinefest committee bought a pin, then ALL of the staff at Unity books, seeing Rach and Becky’s pins, bought all my fox pins. Rach, Becky, I want you to be my agents.

The beautiful staff at Unity Books. Far right is Becky and Rach
Thomas looking suave with his brand new fox pin

We pretty much spent the rest of our trip in Wellington at the heals of Rachel, who showed us the town. We went to the Wellington City Art Gallery, the home of Garage Project and ate way too much fish and chips. It was awesome.

Needless to say we came home with a new respect for the awesome people of Wellington and Rach and I are already planning a summer road trip. It’s going to be the best summer ever!

 

Thank you to all the people who came and said hello to us at Zinefest, thanks for liking, buying and supporting our work. Thanks Rach for showing us Wellington and introducing us to all your awesome friends. Girl, you have the hook ups!

Until next time
xox
Becky Hunt

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Featured in M2 Magazine

I’m super excited to announce that one of my illustrations has been printed in the November issue of M2 Magazine along side an article written by my husband, Isaac. We were super lucky to be able to get our hands on a Wacom Cintiq Pro 16″, it has completely changed how we draw.

 

 

I’m quoted at the end of the article, “It’s the digital version of eating really good russian fudge; melt in your mouth good.” It has turned drawing into something smooth and natural again, I really can’t stop talking about this piece of tech. Below I’ve put a couple examples of our art since drawing with the cintiq. The first is a drawing of Isaac’s, his backgrounds are getting richer and full of life. The next example is from one of my comics, Boots the cat getting a better line treatment now that we have the Cintiq.

 

In other news, Isaac and I are flying down to Wellington at the end of this week for Wellington Zinefest. We’re super excited to be in Welly again, this will only be my second trip to our capital city! So excited to be back, it’s such an amazing city.

We’ll be on a table for IZS selling zines, prints and pins, but I also plan to sneak a few of my ceramics on the table so if you’re a fan, make sure you check it out.

I’d just like to gush about the Zinefest scene in New Zealand for a quick moment. Since we’ve started attending them, we’ve met the coolest collection of people and made some really awesome friends. At every Zinefest I’ve been to there has been such an awesome vibe and such an appreciation for all artforms, from stall holders and festival goers alike. Being native to Auckland, this will be our first time going to Wellington Zinefest and I simply can’t wait, it’s going to be a fantastic event. I’m really looking forward to meeting new people, catch up with friends and hopefully put some faces to the names I see on twitter every day. If you know us from our comics or my ceramics, or if you’ve seen us loitering on Twitter, please come say ‘hello’. My husband and I would love to meet you!

I hope you all have a lovely week
Peace out babes
xox
Becky

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Summer on the Way

I know I always say this, but it’s been a busy month for us! I’ve been busy this weekend packing up a few orders and working on a ceramics commission, which is exciting. More details about that later. I’m also working on getting more earrings onto the store; I’ve been making some in black clay with a mind to keep them unglazed. That way the price point will be lower because I’ll be able to fire a whole bunch of them all thrown in together instead of glazing each one and meticulously hanging them on a rig, firing only a few at a time. It’s a laborious process and makes the cost of producing items go up. Really my work should be priced higher than it is but I want to make is available to as many people as possible.

I'm a plate not a potato chip!
Taking a #shelfie

I’ve been taking classes at a local art school (thanks Hungry Creek!) and using their facilities to fire my work, at the moment however, we have a gap between terms so I’m busy getting work ready for the start of next term. With the coming of Summer I’m in my workshop a lot more and my head is full of ideas. My next project will be a set of cactus planters made in black clay, which I plan to put on the store.

 

My wonderful husband is helping me save for a kiln so at the moment all my spare money either goes into resources such as clay and glaze or it goes into my savings. Having my own kiln will make a huge difference to us as I’ll be able to produce work at a faster pace and not be reliant on classes or community kilns. I’ll also be able to teach classes!!! This is something I’m really looking forward to; I’ve already got some great ideas for the workshops I could hold.

 

Provided of course, that I first learn how to run my own kiln.

I’ve turned one of these into a reed oil diffuser

I’d like to say thank you for all the support of my friends and family and the wonderful people on twitter who like and share my work. Thank you for those who have purchased my work, that money has gone straight into saving for a kiln and the future of my little workshop!

xox
Becky Hunt

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The Website Launch!

The website is finally fit to be seen! It’s pretty exciting and scary for me, I’ve been putting off the launch for a wee while due to nerves, last minute changes and being insanely busy. We’ve had an intense few months! In August we went to Tauranga for their Zinefest which was just so much fun, I wish it lasted a week! I’ve also been hard at work promoting the IZS comic and our new enamel pin (which you can buy here).

We’ll be updating the IZS store and website in the coming months so that’s another project on the to do list. As well as all this, the comic has just turned two years old! So Isaac, Kristof and myself organised a killer party and had the Magic Photobooth come to record the event. We had such a great time, thank you to all the wonderful people who came! And to all the people who couldn’t make it, there is always next year 😉

So much fun.

I’d also like to mention some of the beautiful people who are now wearing my creations. Thank you so much for supporting me and what I do <3

 


It makes me so so happy to see my work being worn, so don’t be shy about tweeting @ me! My handle is @SnailProphet (because snails are awesome).

Thank you for everyone who has supported me and encouraged me to keep making. You are all so wonderful xx

Becky Hunt

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Ceramic Brooches – The First Batch

Recently I’ve rekindled my obsession with enamel pins and started to grow my collection again. When I was a teenager I used to collect badges, with a few enamel pins thrown in when I was feeling flush. I had them all pinned to a scarf that hung in my room and later I transferred them all to my favourite shoulder bag which unfortunately, was stolen. I was so gutted at the loss of the pins and badges I had collected over the years that I stopped collecting and that was that.

Last Christmas I joined New Zealand secret santa, which is run through Twitter and NZPost, and received two of Pepper Raccoon’s enamel pins from my secret santa.

It was such a great experience, I had a lot of fun researching what I was going to buy/make for my secret santa by reading their tweets, I definately recommend joining in if you live in New Zealand.

I decided after buying a ceramic brooch made by Susan St Laurence, that I’d try my hand at making some ceramic brooches of my own. The fish are shaped by hand not from a rolled out slab of clay so they have a little more weight than necessary. I think when making them in future I’ll roll the clay out thinner before I start.

Although a little large when pinned to a jacket, it is mostly the weight that makes this guy a little cumbersome. The other pins I’m wearing are both from Pepper Raccoon, the “Swearing is Caring” pin I won recently by retweeting her giveaway on Twitter. I won it on my birthday so I was pretty happy about that. This next fox pin does not have a back yet because it was too small to fit the ones I had. When the backs arrive he’ll have the same back as a standard enamel pin. I love this little guy so much and I’ve had such an awesome response to him that I’ve already started work on making more.

I would just like to share the trials of taking photos while my beautiful but overly curious cat is around. If she wasn’t sniffing the subjects of my photography, she was sniffing the camera. I eventually gave up and took photos the next day on some gold paper when she wasn’t around.

Although she occasionally sticks her head in photos, she is such a cutie. Whenever I’m on the pottery wheel downstairs she pops in to say hi.

The culprit; Tandem Dingleberry Taylor

Just did a quick search through my phone and found these other encounters with Tandy Panda and my creations.

Have a lovely week!
xox
Becky Hunt