Sunday, 19 August 2012

Home sweet home and other things

Yesterday we went off to Attenborough Nature Reserve.  Not our original destination but where we ended up anyhow.  The gravel pits have changed so much over the years.  When I was a little girl they were just pools with gravel paths, though even then a haven for wildlife.  Now they are managed areas with hides and viewing screens for bird watchers.  There is a centre for education and fund raising (opened by David Attenborough himself).  The centre also has a cafe, that sells sinfully gorgeous cake and coffee.

One of the managed reed beds, home to read buntings and willow warblers.

Cormorants, terns, sandpipers and others on a sandbar.

A conehead in the wildlife garden.
The area is very special; providing lots of ideas for the water sprite plinth, as well as many other sparks of inspiration for paintings and models.

So, once back at home, out came the clay and on with the modelling.

The clay is leathery at the moment and needs to dry out completely before painting.  I will need to make a felted base for the plinth, that will both strengthen and protect the base.  Then he will need a layer of glaze, something protective.


  1. Love your photos of the nature reserve, it must of been nice to get near water. Especially as you have made such a fantastic piece. He has such an interesting face,I wonder what he is thinking?

  2. He is amazing Charlotte ........ very alert and alive. He may hop off that plinth at any moment!


  3. A water sprite! He's looking good, what a great idea. :)
    Jess x x

  4. Thank you kindly everyone. I have really enjoyed making him and may find, for all it's downsides, room for more airdry clay modelling.

  5. I'm just curious to see how it will look like finally. He is a good-hearted fellow but seems to have had bad moments in his life... It's so nice to visit places that may inspire you!

    P.S. Did you read my answer to your comment?:)

    1. He does look at bit sad doesn't he. It was not intentional at all, the pattern of the face just developed as he came out of the clay.

      I did read your lovely comment and also enjoyed your puppets in the mountains post.
      Best wishes, C xxx

  6. it does sound like a wonderful place to explore and eat ;-)
    your inspiration has breathed life into an awesome base for your plinth!

  7. Charlotte, the plinth looks like the perfect spot for the water sprite.
    The nature reserve looks like a wonderful place to visit and with cake and coffee
    as well .....perfect.

    Claire :}