09 June 2022

More of these perhaps

 One of my entries in the "60 Years in Clay" exhibition sold.  It is wheel thrown using high fire porcelain, decorated with underglaze and scraffito design.  The design depicts the Australian native vine, Eustrephus latifolius or Wombat Berry.



02 April 2022

looking forward to being part of this exhibition at the end of the month..

 I will be taking part in the Port Hacking Potters Group's 60th Anniversary exhibition at our local Gallery and Arts Centre.. mark your calendar and come along..

29 April to 10 May 2022



06 February 2022

Charity Fund Raiser and First firing for 2022

 

I started the year off taking part in the fund raiser for the islands of Tonga who have been hit by an Tsunami and an earthquake.. the clay community came together and raised $A17,589 for the small Pacific nation. My brooch sold but the ring is still available.

Then happily someone decided they needed more of my pigs so I had a good reason to get into my studio again..

Some reasonable results but disappointed in a couple of vases.. the glaze I used is a fickle one and this time it was not wanting to play.

Yesterday was time to clean bottoms and pig trotters.


05 January 2022

Goodbye 2021

 Well, we survived another year of the pandemic.. here is hoping for a better year for the world in 2022.

I hope you and your families have got through with as little drama as possible and your good health intact.

We are having a rather wet summer which makes for a nice change after recent years of drought and bushfire.  I am giving my studio  a bit of a clean and sorting out my clay.  Combining scraps and recycling and labelling the buckets so I have a better idea of what is there.  Washing out the plastic clay bags ready for reuse. Almost done.  Waiting for some scraps to dry out but it is a wet week so I can't quite complete the task yet. Once I'm done I'll then have to break that barrier of not wanting to spoil the clean and tidy look.  

Here are some memories from 2021and my best wishes for you and your families in 2022.


The Australian Brooch Show had an interrupted showing but managed to proceed and happily my turtle and fish both sold.



My commission for the Year of the Ox was well received.



Another commission for 30 condiment dishes had me throwing off the hump, a technique I had not used for years.

A very successful Pop Up Shop with the Port Hacking Potters Group, held at the Cronulla School of Arts saw these all off to new homes.

And over on my Instagram page, @potterybyanna, it would seem these were my most popular posts for 2021.


Take care everyone but enjoy each day as it comes along and find something of beauty in the ordinary.
 Here is to a happy and healthy New Year for you all.







02 December 2021

PopUp in Cronulla

 Looking to buy local?

Join me at the Cronulla School of Arts and see a range of styles and prices to suit all tastes.

I will have  a range of bowls, vases, plates, jewellery and Christmas decorations for you to choose from.



example of wheel thrown stoneware bowl

some small dishes for rings and things

 
 a selection of pendants


a small hand decorated plate from my Bush tucker series.

Hope to see you there.


07 November 2021

Headed for the Gallery shop

the latest collection of pigs are now available at the Hazelhurst Gallery Shop in Gymea NSW


all hand formed in porcelain

 

10 October 2021

not quite a match


 In this image the illustration appears to be black, however it is in fact a dark green... 

It is based on an Australian native plant which has edible fruit... will have to come back to you on which one...

Next time I will use a darker green underglaze for the border..

Wheel thrown using a mid firing porcelain - "Cool Ice".

05 September 2021

Keeping busy in lockdown

 Here we are in September and still in lockdown here in Sydney and now the regional areas of the state are in lockdown too...

So to keep busy I have been putting some of my jewellery pieces together in the hope I will get to sell them.. maybe just before Christmas??


Brooch with glass and porcelain beads

pendant - porcelain with leather cord

porcelain pendant with copper rust glaze and leather cord

Spring is showing it's face and the rainbow lorikeets are loving the bottle brush flowers.

the Wonga Wonga vine only flowers for a short time but puts on a lovely show and the native bees and hover flies love it..

I have much to be grateful for but do miss seeing our family and friends in person... as more of us get vaccinated hopefully we can travel again.  Take care everyone.



26 July 2021

One door closes

 I was working towards an entry in the Port Hacking Potters National Competition but unfortunately it has been cancelled.. Due to Covid restrictions in Sydney the gallery has closed and with it unclear as to when it could reopen the decision was made to cancel.  The committee couldn't risk pots from other states being left in limbo.  It is possible the group will stage a members only show a bit later, so another door opens.


I am fortunate to have my own kiln at home and have been able to continue work on a commission and some other work.  
I was quite happy with these cups.

stay well folks



23 March 2021

Experimental Clay

 I have been having some fun back at TAFE the last few Saturdays.  I am undertaking a Master Class with Julie Bartholomew who truly is a Master of the unexpected.

https://www.instagram.com/juliebartholomewceramics/

She is a great teacher and I am hoping the short course will inspire me for an art work to enter in the Port Hacking Potters National Competition later this year...

One of the things we have been doing is dipping dry plant matter in porcelain slip and then firing them..  such interesting results.