17 October 2014

Off to Coraki

It is a cold and wintery spring day in my suburb today.  Big storms last night with flooding and power outages in suburbs around us.  Fortunately we seemed to have missed the worst. I did put my winter clothes away too soon though.

I went to the post office this morning and sent off two packages to Coraki.

They are my sculptures for the Coraki Art Prize in northern NSW.

One is called Free Range and the other is called, Spot and Miss Piggy @ The Breakfast Club Diaries.

The Breakfast Club Diaries is a Facebook Group where the members post images from their morning walks and the owner of Spot and Miss Piggy often posts pictures of her pigs.

Here is a preview of  my interpretation...

"Free Range"  Handformed on wheel thrown base.  Stoneware clay, terrasiggalata, sawdust fired. 2015

"Spot and Miss Piggy @ The Breakfast Club Diaries"  Hand formed on wheel thrown base. Stoneware clay, underglaze, tissue prints and glazes.

Travel well little pigs.

29 September 2014

in the gallery

Isn't it lovely how ones work is transformed when on display in a gallery?

"Cos all the trees have vanished" (acknowledges poem, Big Pigs Picnic by Mark Hopwood)
The Port Hacking Potters 48th National Competition once again attracted excellent ceramic works from across Australia and I'm very pleased to have been part of it again.

The work of packing up will be on Wednesday this week and then that will be it for another two years.

The work behind is called "Village 3" by Alison Tucker, a NSW artist.

UPDATE:  MY SCULPTURE WAS SOLD.  I'm very happy it has found a new home!

21 September 2014

Pigs at Hazelhurst

You will know from my previous posts that I am involved in the Port Hacking Potters Group and its 48th National Pottery Competition which is on show right now at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre in Gymea NSW.

I have also entered a small sculpture and while I had no thought of being given any prizes I did think some might like the sculpture.

There are some amazing talented and skilful ceramic artists represented in this display...

I'll take some photos when I'm on desk duty later this week.

Here is a close up of "Cos All The Trees Have Vanished"  the title is a quote from a poem, Big Pigs Picnic by Mark Hopwood. 

detail - "Cos All The Trees Have Vanished" quote poem by Mark Hopwood.

15 September 2014

behind the scenes

When we send our pieces off for exhibition we give little thought to the work involved in setting it all up, especially when the exhibition is run by a community group

today my husband came along to help myself and other members of the Port Hacking Potters Group prepare for their National Competition which opens this coming Saturday 20 September and runs to the 30 Sept with bump out on 1 October...

06 September 2014


very old metal garbage bin
 I am preparing to submit a small sculpture to the Port Hacking Potters National Competition...

Being winter and a very small fire in a container, I am finishing the piece by smoking it..

The piece was coated with Terrasigilata prior to being bisque fired.

I use clean sawdust, paper and some kindling.

Put the piece in the old garbage bin, light the fire, wait for the sawdust to catch and then place the lid on top.
Lid placed over to reduce the flame

Here is a sneak peak of the result
hand formed with stoneware clay, coated with terrasig and then bisque fired.

26 August 2014

Teapot Show sales

I just found out my second teapot has sold at the Teapot Show, yay!

I've sold both that I submitted plus the tea-bowls that went with the Lilly Pilly Chartreuse pot. The image below exaggerates the size of the tea-bowls.. they are actually more in keeping with the teapot.

"Violets are Blue"  stoneware with underglaze decoration 2014

"Lilly Pilly Chartreuse" stoneware with underglaze decoration 2014

Excellent news and the Inner City Clayworkers Gallery are to be commended for the great show they organize each year.  If you go to their website you can see the stunning winning entries, HERE.

24 August 2014

waiting on firing

I still don't have my own kiln so I am waiting for my two pigs from Facebook fame to be fired and also my second sculpture which will then need to be smoke or sawdust fired.

In the interim I have got back into my sadly neglected garden...

I had a pond in this garden bed which I moved out and put my water lily plants into a large pot.  That worked well but now I have a large hole to fill in the garden bed.

I am also redoing the planting style.  After seeing all the cottage gardens in the UK like this one:

Corner house in Dalish Wake Somerset UK in May 2014

and flowers like these:

Clematis vine on fence in Wales

Black Tulip - Somerset UK

Orange double poppy - Somerset UK

I am determined to have more flowers in my garden.  Just have to buy more soil to fill in that hole and get planting.  Of course we don't get the rainfall here that Somerset and Wales would enjoy but I can adapt and still enjoy more flowers.

refurbishment under way..  note the big hole in front of shrubs.  The nandina bush was moved to the back to allow planting in front of it..

17 August 2014

Pigs on Facebook

I spend way too much time looking at images of other potters work on Facebook but have also found a group called the Breakfast Club Diaries.  Here people post images of their morning walks.  Well one person is posting images of her pet pigs!
What a find.. it is so good to have current images of life size proportions that have inspired by latest pig sculptures...

What do you think..

Here is Spot
and Blackie

and here are my inspired versions

my hand formed pigs are quite small but I'm very happy with them so far..  fingers crossed for the firings and setting them on a stand which I threw on the wheel today..

11 August 2014

2014 Teapot Show

Well at last I have some images to share with you...  technology has not been my friend of late but we seem to have come to an understanding at last ..

Currently I have two teapots at the Inner City Clayworkers Gallery in Glebe NSW.  This is a highlight for makers and collectors with all types of teapots on show. (click on the gallery name to see winning entries).

I was delighted to have one of mine sell on opening night...

"Violets are Blue" sold opening night - a lovely red sticker

I also have a second teapot on show along with matching tea bowls - I hope it finds a new home.

The show runs until 31st August 2014

06 August 2014

no posts for a while

Sorry about not posting for a while... first my computer needed to be replaced and now I have to learn how to download images to the new one..

here is an old one to keep you going...
hand formed pigs on thrown and altered base.  Iron base glaze fired to stoneware in reduction...2012