29 August 2016

Handbuilding versus the wheel

For the last few weeks I have been doing some handbuilding at a local community college (see previous two posts) and quite enjoying getting to know some new clay buddies...

However, when I got home last Saturday I had a yearning to throw some pots..

The clay is a new batch and quite wet which is good as it is a grogged clay (it has bits in it) which can be rough on your hands but this was OK.

The first pot was very cooperative, I lost the next one after trying to turn it into something that lump of clay did not want to be..

The third go was good and I have a nice shaped bottle underway...
Now if only I can trim them before they dry too much.  That is the struggle with clay all the time but with wheel throwing the timing to trim the pot is crucial...  too wet and it will be messy, too dry and you will blunt your tool and take much too long trimming or the tool will just bounce off and you will have to give up.

If these work I'll be putting them aside for a raku firing in the future.

20 August 2016

Playing with clay on a cool Saturday arvo

After class today I still had some clay I'd rolled into a slab and not used (because underglaze painting took up most of the class time).

So when I got home I decided to have a play with it.

I'd often thought to try this technique but only have a small piece of this egg carton foam...

I quite like the result so far... these little teapot shaped dishes (to hold that used teabag) are cut out with a nice big cookie cutter, placed on the foam and then I used a plaster cylinder to press down in the middle and presto, a nice little dish...

I'm not quite sure what will become of the cactus... some glaze tests perhaps?

Have a great weekend everyone

14 August 2016

just quietly carrying on

things are a bit quiet on the making front at the moment as I am busy with the preparations for the Port Hacking Potters National Competition... not making for it but helping to put the show on...
so much goes on behind the scenes...

If you are an Australian potter you should consider putting in an entry - link here to learn more about it: http://porthackingpotters.blogspot.com.au/p/2016-national-competition.html

so I am doing some handbuilding just to keep the clay withdrawal symptoms at bay...

the surface is stamped with the design shown which is a bisque fired stamp of my own based on the lilly pilly fruit.

we have several lilly pilly trees in our yard but this one gets the most fruit.

09 August 2016

Teapots on Show

My teapots are now on show at the Inner City Clayworkers Gallery in Glebe

See my previous post for more details...
These are the ones to look for as they are throughout the display...

In the foreground is an owl teapot by Tanya Bechara of Hop'n Frog Pottery with her Butterfly teapot at the back.  Mine is the buff coloured one with red hearts in the middle.  

Here mine is the one with orange decoration around the lid.

This is my favourite this year... titled "Hibbertia" the decoration is based on a local yellow flowering creeper, commonly known as 'Guinea Vine'.  

If you are in Sydney do try to get over to Glebe to see the show... there are some amazing creations and the show runs until the end of the month.

02 August 2016

a Busy Weekend - exhibition, stall, prep...

I'll have a busy few days this coming weekend...

Friday night

Official opening and prize giving at the Innercity Clayworkers Gallery, Glebe.  I have fingers crossed for my pottery friend Tanya of Hop'n Frog Pottery. My own teapots might find a new home to go to perhaps.

Saturday morning

Stall to support Assistance Dogs Australia at the Shire Farmers Market in Sutherland

Saturday afternoon will be the handbuilding class I started last week... (teacher: Anna what are you doing here you have so much experience already?  Me: its somewhere warm to work! )

Sunday afternoon:  Meeting of the Port Hacking Potters at Hazelhurst Arts Centre to start preparations for the community activity to make a garden sculpture while the National Competition is on.

I hope to sleep in on Monday!

31 July 2016

#Sunday Selections

I don't always have photos of pots to show my followers so thought I'd pick up on this meme I found on the blog of Elephant's Child...

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.
 Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River. Clicking on any of the photos will make them larger on your screen.

These were taken at a beach a couple of hours drive up the coast. Not bad for a winter's day... we have very different weather today - all grey gloom, so it's nice to look at these and feel a bit happier and even a little warmer... have a good day wherever you are in this wide world.

28 July 2016

Winter nostalgia

These violets are rather special on a few levels.

The original plant was grown by my mother (now passed) when we lived on a dairy farm.  My older brother took some runners and grew them at his place.  As they needed thinning he put some in a pot and passed them along to me.

They have taken a year or two to flower but are doing rather well this year.

My husband gave me a big bunch of violets on the day we bought my engagement ring and on top of that his mother's name is Violet.

So when I updated my Facebook avatar these were some of the flowers in my vase.

20 July 2016

some test results and making jewellery

Another week gone by in a flash and don't you find the second half of the year speeds by faster than the first half?

 The iron oxide tests gave me some interesting results... it will need to be repeated though as I messed up the quantities on the second batch..
Still the 2.5% of iron oxide in a clear glaze base looks nice and speckled which is worth mixing up a larger batch to try.  What I thought was 6.5% is actually 9% - it's a while since I mixed test glazes...

I'm preparing for two events.

First is a stall with the local potters group on Thursday 28 July in the foyer of Sutherland Hospital, 9am to 2.30pm.

Parking is awkward but we often sell to staff as well as visitors.

I've made some new bracelets and brooches...

in addition to some pendants...

then there is the biggy
The Sydney Teapot Show

Here is a link to see where it is held in Glebe at the Inner City Clayworkers gallery.

It is open on the 5 August...


I hope you can come along and say hi

09 July 2016

#Saturday Shelfie July 2016

Over on my Facebook Group called Anna's Aussie Ceramics (click to link) we have a thing going called Saturday Shelfies...

This is my contribution today... hop on over and join the Group and see what others are doing today in their studios...

Bisque firing loaded and turned on this morning
I was happy as the sun was shining to help the solar panels along and keep the cost down.

While it is running I don't work in there as even though I have an extractor fan I don't want to be around the fumes just in case...

So I did a little gardening and planted some seedlings for Spring or late winter depending on how they go... this little white Cosmos is confused and sprung up in the cracks.  I had to leave it there - brave little thing.

02 July 2016

Australian Ceramics Assn Members exhibition 2016

I recently attended an exhibition at the Manly Museum and Art Gallery on the other side of the harbour.

The weather was a bit iffy so we drove there this time.  I'm glad we did as the wind came up in the afternoon and I'm not a good sailor even on the harbour ferries.

This was a curated exhibition of applications from members of the Australian Ceramics Association called OverUnderSidewaysDown.

The curator was Glenn Barkley who will be the judge at the competition my pottery group are running in September - see about that here: http://porthackingpotters.blogspot.com.au/

Most of the works were of a very modern abstract with a bit of constructionism and naive influences (IMHO).

I must admit to preferring the traditional pottery shapes but I was impressed with the arty creativity of many others...

I'll just add some photos with the tags following and you can decide what you like then.

I missed the tag for the Aboriginal artist who made those beautiful large pots, his name is Rupert Jack from Ernabella/Pukatja.

Also thought it interesting that the gallery chose to put the work on trestle tables rather than plinths...

Jenny Orchard - check out her website here: http://jennyorchard.com/press/