11 January 2018

Successful Commission delivered

I was asked to make a double handled mug for a lady with severe arthritis.

As my father had bad arthritis I could sympathise and took the commission.

I made two (as you do just in case) and they were both successful and the person was happy to take them both which was lovely of her.

I delivered them today and she was very pleased with them which is a relief.

Doubled Handled Mug - stoneware white clay - clear liner blue outer (2018)

Double handled mug - stoneware blue glaze (2018)


05 January 2018

A bit of a look back

And I mean way back...

 this vase was made when I was living in Papua New Guinea and first started on the pottery wheel.
There were no formal classes but some very encouraging potters who got me hooked on clay.

I might have a rummage and see if I can find my notebook from back then... it was a stoneware clay and fired in a gas kiln.  As for the glaze, it obviously had cobalt in it for the blue but I've no idea of the recipe.  I wonder if any of those people are still potting.

The flora here is mostly Australian - the fruit in the foreground is from a Weeping Lilly Pilly shrub, the violet are the native Viola hederacea which is one of my favourite plants.

The yellow is aptly called Yellow Buttons and there is an exotic Duranta repens  Geisha Girl which gets orange berries, at the back.

A nice indoor decoration to start the year now that the Christmas decorations have been boxed up and put away.

Welcome to 2018 - I hope its a good one for you.

20 December 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A big thank you to all my readers 
and supporters during 2017

May you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year


09 December 2017

Off to Ireland without me


My large textured slab built box is winging its way to Ireland.  A gift for a family member.

It has a white inner glaze and a soft blue glaze outside.  The outer glaze was poured on - would have been better to have sprayed it on but without my own proper spray booth and windy weather this wasn't possible.

I am still pleased that it didn't warp or crack.

21 November 2017

That went well

Our POP UP SHOP was in a vacant building that is due for renovation soon... It is part of a lovely heritage building where Port Hacking Potters hold their monthly meetings.

Entry to shop


We ran it for almost two weeks which is quite a commitment for a small group
hand formed candle holders

There were around 17 of us with our work on display - in this image mine are the blue vessels and the candle holders

Display of work includes my teapot set, green tree voitive and white vases

View from a different direction

All in all the event went well.

04 November 2017

first time in a Pop Up Shop

my pottery group friends and I are having a go at a Pop Up Shop
come by and check it out if you can  details below


31 October 2017

Challenged

I recently attended a workshop run by the Port Hacking Potters Group with the American potter, Todd Pletcher.

Todd is a temporary resident in Australia and living a very different lifestyle here in central Sydney compared to his rural lifestyle at home in the USA.

His work is designed for the large wood kiln he built for himself at home and has lots of curves to catch the wood ash.
You can see more on his website here: https://www.pletcherpottery.com/

The workshop was run over two days and his technique suits a different style of pottery wheel to those we had available at the Gymea Ceramic Design Studio where it was held, as his technique needs a slow turn of the wheel and a quick move of the hands as the rims are cut. Maybe I just making excuses for being challenged? Others also found it a challenge though... even being back in a shared space with lots of chat instead of my own quiet home studio was different.

He has a great eye for detail and the clay needs to be constantly monitored as it drys.  More than I would usually need to do.

I enjoyed the challenge and have a couple of pieces that might be worth firing.

Todd Pletcher demonstrating his mugs

09 October 2017

Inspired


With the very dry weather we have had for the last few months the gum trees are becoming stressed and dropping their leaves..
I collected some and thought how lovely the colours would be on some pots...
I am taking the inspiration and seeing what I can do


As is always the case with underglazes... what you see is not always what you get once they have been through two firings and have a glaze on top.


We shall see...  stay tuned..

30 September 2017

Long Weekend Markets

this weekend is a holiday weekend in NSW.
The holiday is to celebrate the introduction of the 8hr working day

"Labour Day is an annual public holiday that celebrates the eight-hour working day, a victory for workers in the mid-late 19th century.  The argument for the eight-hour day was based on the need for each person to have eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest."

It is awful to think of the hours people were expected to work previously... of course many people who are on a set wage work longer hours these days but generally they are paid a higher salary.

So hopefully people in a holiday mood will come along to the markets at nearby Engadine and be prepared to buy buy buy... fingers crossed..


and I hope to get into the studio this week to get some more stock made...




23 September 2017

Stumped by the weather...

I had hoped to be doing a raku firing today but with most of the state under a Total Fire Ban the day has been cancelled.. so disappointed...

So during the week I potted up some plants in some of my pottery...
The larger one was made as a planter while the smaller one with a saucer is two repurposed pots... the bowl had a fault so wasn't glazed (a piece of plastic caught in the clay while reclaiming and not noticed) plus a saucer that was a shallow bowl but the glaze was too thick..

Hope you all have a lovely week and I'm off to wash the car in the hope we get some rain.. it often works..