After making cards for my Mum and Nana for Mothers’ Day, I couldn’t miss making something for Fathers’ Day.
My dad is a scuba diver in his free time, and last year, for my birthday, my Dad took me diving, which was quite an experience. I’d definitely try it again, but I think I’d prefer warmer water (rather than a quarry in the Lake District in the middle of October).
One of Dad’s favourite activities is travelling to the Red Sea to go swimming with sharks. Personally, I’d give it a miss, but he seems to enjoy it! Last year was his first trip to the Red Sea, during which time he was lucky enough to meet these guys:
What I still can’t believe about diving is how heavy all of the kit is! His shed at home is packed to the rafters with a variety of wet and dry suits, in different weights for different water temperatures, goggles, canisters and breathing equipment, flippers and gloves, and weights to put round your waist to pull you down in the water! In my opinion, this goes against all logic on how to spend your free time! However, it keeps him happy.
Dad was shark diving again over Fathers’ Day this year, so I made him a sign for his shed door, by rolling out a slab of clay and painting it in underglazes. You can’t quite see from the picture, but I textured the surface of the clay by pressing fine, gauzy material onto the sign in the middle. The idea was to make it look like ship’s netting. As it was underglazed, my tutor, Colin (pictured) dipped the finished item in transparent glaze before firing, to set the colours.
Happy Fathers’ Day, Daddy!