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/

28 June 2016

Teapots underway - a sneak peek

The last couple of weeks I have been making teapots for the Annual Sydney Teapot Show at the Innercity Clayworkers in Glebe.

A link here to see last year's winners: http://www.clayworkers.com.au/content/sydney-teapot-show-2014

Teapots are always a little tricky for me, if only because I only make them once a year...

There are so many components to consider and make and and put together and decorate...

I do love the challenge and strive to make a better more interesting teapot each year (with mixed results)...

Here are a few of the elements that are slowly coming together...

 First I throw the body and then the lid.

I have thrown two different styles of lid this year and find that the style pictured is best if not handled until leather hard.
I stick a small batt to the wheelhead and throw the lid on that so it can be taken off easily...



Next I throw the spouts.  The weather has been so cold and damp that I threw these on a different day while I waited to be able to turn the bodies and lids.

Once the body is trimmed I can attach the spout...

first the holes need to be made - you might notice I am using a white clay and a buff clay, two of each underway..

Once the spout is on I can attach some handles (no pic) that I pull and allow to firm up first.

Then I can start to decorate.  In the one shown I am carving and adding some underglaze too... 

So there you are... maybe you will get to see the finish ones at the Teapot Show.

16 June 2016

13 June 2016

A stall and throwing off the hump

On Saturday I took part in a stall with other members of the Port Hacking Potters Group which turned out to be a good sales day for me.

my work in the front right hand side of the stall

One customer must have been doing her Christmas Shopping early!  She bought nearly half my stock plus several pieces of one of the others in our group. Wonderful!

Today is a start of my teapots for the teapot show...

to get started and back into throwing I threw some small test dishes off the hump..

This is a way of saving time and clay by centering one larger piece of clay then selecting the top and throwing your small piece and then cutting it off and going again with the remaining clay.

Picture shows larger piece of clay on the wheel and the uncut dish on top with a couple of previously thrown and cut dishes in the background.

Its a holiday weekend here and what better way to spend it than in the studio....
I hope you are having a relaxing time too.

06 June 2016

Neptunes Garden

I have been working on some pieces for an upcoming exhibition called "Neptune's Garden"

which is a fundraiser for the Sea Shepherd, Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Not everyone agrees with their tactics however I feel their efforts are worthwhile.  

The exhibition is being held at Newtown in the restaurant called Lentil As Anything which has some great ethical ideas in how it operates.  Rather than charge a set amount they encourage patrons to pay as they feel the meal is worth.

Below are three little vases that are a part of my contribution. If you go along do let me know and maybe say hello if we meet there at the opening.

04 June 2016

Preparation for Exhibition #SaturdayShelfie

Much too wet for a market outdoors today so I have time to smooth bases in preparation for an upcoming exhibition.
So that's my #SaturdayShelfie image... there are four pots in all.

I also have another pot in the kiln being fired again as it had some glaze problems the first time around.  Fingers crossed the second firing works.

02 June 2016

Stall this Saturday 4 June


I'll be with the Port Hacking Potters at the Ramsgate Foodies Market this Saturday...

come along and say Hi and maybe buy a pot?

The markets are held at the Ramsgate Public School from 8am to 2pm..

We are usually near the back gate.

Here is a link to their website: http://www.organicfoodies.com.au/ramsgate/