15 December 2014

Love positive feedback

I have some of my pieces in the Limelight Gallery which was set up to promote the work of graduating art and design students of the Sydney Institute of TAFE and was delighted when told my Christmas Tree Hangers sold (all but three).
similar decorations to this sold at the Limelight Gallery - hand cut fine porcelain slabs decorated with tissue prints and high fired in an electric kiln.

Apparently they were used as corporate gifts and I was thrilled to receive emails from two of the recipients to say how much they loved them.  It is so nice of them to take the time to contact me.

Recently we have had visitors from Germany and they gave us some sweet little decorations made of straw, a traditional craft.
Here are a couple on this little ornamental Christmas Tree which I set up for my Dad.

I hope your preparations for Christmas are going well.  I haven't started my cards yet so best get going ...

06 December 2014

A Facebook gift and some sales

Recently my Facebook Group, Anna's Aussie Ceramics reached 500 Likers, not huge by Facebook standards but a milestone non the less.

When I mentioned this milestone was coming up a supplier in South Australia, by the name of Interdec Australia,  offered to have a give away for the 500th Liker.

Not only that but also sent me some glaze colourant!  Yay!
It arrived in the post and so now I just have to get my kiln up and running and I can start testing it.

It looks like a fabulous red.

Then to add to my happy week, the Gallery which is stocking some of my work, Limelight Gallery in the city sold all but 3 of my Christmas Tree Hangers and asked for more.

I took along the few I had left plus some button sets and a thrown condiment set.

Condiment set consists of two bowls and a platter.  All wheel thrown, underglaze decoration with Blue Chun glaze

I'm hoping for good weather for the stall in Cronulla Mall tomorrow, Sunday 7 December, 9am to 3pm.  Call by and say hello if you are in the area.

04 December 2014

Stormy weather please hold off on Sunday

We are having lots of storms of an evening this week. Another one rolling around as I type...

I have my fingers crossed that we have some nice weather on Sunday as I'll be taking part in a stall at Cronulla Mall with others from the Port Hacking Potters Group.

Today I put together a couple of new bracelets and a pendant on a leather necklace with matching earrings to replace those I sold at the last one..

Call on by and say "Hi" on Sunday 7 December from 9am to 3pm..

bracelets on stretch nylon cord - ceramic beads with glass beads

Porcelain butterfly pendant with matching earrings

29 November 2014

big things afoot

big things are happening in my studio...

1.  a small kiln is sitting there waiting to be connected
isn't it great, all shiny and new!

2. a big hole has been made for the exhaust fan, not an easy job but my son is a tradesman and has the right tools for the job

3.  The walls are going to be rendered and painted so Everything has to be moved!

this is a bit fuzzy sorry but you get the idea

so it could be a while before the kiln is connected but it will sit patiently while the space around it is done up to match its shiny new look.  In the mean time I can go to the local art centre, Hazelhurst and do some work there.

I threw these bowls there this week and they should be in a firing on Monday I hope. (bisque).

Some of you will know I run a Facebook Group called Anna's Aussie Ceramics and while not a big group people who do belong seem to like it.  We just reached our 500 th Liker and a ceramic company called Interdec Australia donated a prize - wasn't that great.  AND they are going to send me a prize too, so watch this space for more details.

I'll be at Cronulla again next Sunday 7 December with the Port Hacking Potters so do drop by and bring your friends and family and buy a Christmas gift that is unique and made locally.  We will be in the mall near the flag pole. Hope to see you there.

24 November 2014

A Stall and a student exhibition

Yesterday I took part in the PHPG stall at Cronulla.  We were so lucky with the weather.  Very hot off the coast, getting up to 38 degrees Celsius while it was perhaps 5 degrees less on the beach and we had a nice sea breeze.

Not a lot of sales of our work however we did sell quite a few raffle tickets to raise funds for the group which is part of the purpose of this event.

During the week I made some new jewellery pieces and hope to make some more before the next stall on the 7 December. That one will be in the mall at Cronulla.

On Saturday my husband and I attended the Kurranulla celebrations in Jannali.  We purchased an artwork as a gift and was able to listen to Col Hardy and his band with some impromptu clap stick players joining in.  Great to see people having a good time.

Then we visited the local hardware store to check out their shelving for my studio... more to come about that as things progress

During the week I also attended the Opening of the graduate exhibition at the Gymea Ceramic Design Studios - some wonderful creative works on show including this one by Natalie Burn..

and here is something pretty I saw during my wanderings last week:

Have a good week and perhaps I'll see you on Facebook?

21 November 2014

Market stall with Port Hacking Potters

This Sunday I expect to be with other members of the Port Hacking Potters Group at a community event at Cronulla.

The event is to allow a venue for community groups such as ours to promote ourselves, sell our wares and also sell raffle tickets for a great selection of prizes.

It is called the Cooks Community Classic and includes an ocean swim event!

Here is a link: http://cookcommunityclassic.com.au/

The forecast is for a very hot day so I'll be taking some frozen drinks with me!

If you come by do make yourself known to me.  I will have a few new pieces you might like too.

12 November 2014

Always visit a potter if you can..

I've been away from home for a couple of weeks visiting The Great Ocean Road in Victoria and the '12 Apostles' as they are known.
It is a big tourist draw and its not hard to see why... very unusual landscape and the road was built by returned soldiers to give them work and help them to return to civilian life after WW1.

Further along the road is this outcrop aptly named "London Bridge" which fell down in this case many ages ago... sorry I don't have the exact detail of which geographical time it was.  It shows how the Apostle formations came about with softer layers of rock being worn away by the sea and wind which rolls in directly from Antarctica.

Where we stayed was very close to a pottery called Angledean Pottery.  Here is a link about the studio:Angledean Pottery

I had a lovely time looking around his workshop and studio and learning about the history of their business which is a husband and wife team.  They have expanded their craft and now also do glass slumping and he is learning blacksmithing to be able to make metal sculptures.. well worth the visit and we came away with some nice mugs and a glass coaster to add to our collection.

Do call by if you are in the area.

Before we left the area we also visited the Qdos Arts Centre at Lorne.
Very interesting place with an anamaga kiln. Potter, Graeme Wilkie is in charge.

There are also many sculptures in the garden and a nice gallery and a cafe.  The kiln was in the process of being refurbished and the potter was taken up with that so not able to chat with us that day but we enjoyed our visit anyway. They run many arts events there and even have some accommodation.

a view of the gallery
 The beautiful and intricately decorated pots on display were by the Internationally recognised artist, Alexandra Copeland.  Here is a link for more about her : Alexandra Copeland
more of the gallery

one of the sculptures

the entrance driveway

So if you have been wondering why things have been quiet this is why.  Plus I've have been contemplating some new focus for my own designs... more in the weeks to come.

28 October 2014

Replenished for Christmas

Today I met with the delightful Limelight Gallery manager, Danielle.

It so nice to be told its exciting to see your new work.

With Christmas not too far away artists were asked to supply some Christmas themed works so I took along some of my porcelain Reindeer Tree Ornaments..

plus some other shapes

A couple of other items as well, so drop by if you are in town - lots of other artists works that would make great gifts.

26 October 2014

Thanks to Coraki

Just received the good news that both of my entries in the Coraki Art Prize have sold.

Thank you and I hope they enjoy their new home...

The one on the left is called "Spot and Miss Piggy @ The Breakfast Club Diaries" which is a reference to some real life pigs whose owner posts images of her pigs on the Facebook group by that name.  Click Here for the link.

The one on the right is titled "Free Range" and is a comment on my preference that animals have a good life even if bred for meat.

25 October 2014

Facebook Saturday Shelfie

Many of you will know I also am the Administrator for the Facebook Group called Anna's Aussie Ceramics - click here to see.

A Dutch potter used the term 'Shelfie' to describe his image of a collection of pots.  Myself and others loved the term and are now using it as a weekly post we call Saturday Shelfies.

If you are on Facebook jump over and join in.  Your image can be of your collection, your bisque ware, tools, what every you like so long as it sits on a shelf and is pottery related.

Here is mine for this week:

my own wheel thrown bottle with stopper on the left and a sculpture by Ellen Appleby on the right.

Do pop on over and join in the fun..