15 September 2014

behind the scenes

When we send our pieces off for exhibition we give little thought to the work involved in setting it all up, especially when the exhibition is run by a community group

today my husband came along to help myself and other members of the Port Hacking Potters Group prepare for their National Competition which opens this coming Saturday 20 September and runs to the 30 Sept with bump out on 1 October...

06 September 2014


very old metal garbage bin
 I am preparing to submit a small sculpture to the Port Hacking Potters National Competition...

Being winter and a very small fire in a container, I am finishing the piece by smoking it..

The piece was coated with Terrasigilata prior to being bisque fired.

I use clean sawdust, paper and some kindling.

Put the piece in the old garbage bin, light the fire, wait for the sawdust to catch and then place the lid on top.
Lid placed over to reduce the flame

Here is a sneak peak of the result
hand formed with stoneware clay, coated with terrasig and then bisque fired.

26 August 2014

Teapot Show sales

I just found out my second teapot has sold at the Teapot Show, yay!

I've sold both that I submitted plus the tea-bowls that went with the Lilly Pilly Chartreuse pot. The image below exaggerates the size of the tea-bowls.. they are actually more in keeping with the teapot.

"Violets are Blue"  stoneware with underglaze decoration 2014

"Lilly Pilly Chartreuse" stoneware with underglaze decoration 2014

Excellent news and the Inner City Clayworkers Gallery are to be commended for the great show they organize each year.  If you go to their website you can see the stunning winning entries, HERE.

24 August 2014

waiting on firing

I still don't have my own kiln so I am waiting for my two pigs from Facebook fame to be fired and also my second sculpture which will then need to be smoke or sawdust fired.

In the interim I have got back into my sadly neglected garden...

I had a pond in this garden bed which I moved out and put my water lily plants into a large pot.  That worked well but now I have a large hole to fill in the garden bed.

I am also redoing the planting style.  After seeing all the cottage gardens in the UK like this one:

Corner house in Dalish Wake Somerset UK in May 2014

and flowers like these:

Clematis vine on fence in Wales

Black Tulip - Somerset UK

Orange double poppy - Somerset UK

I am determined to have more flowers in my garden.  Just have to buy more soil to fill in that hole and get planting.  Of course we don't get the rainfall here that Somerset and Wales would enjoy but I can adapt and still enjoy more flowers.

refurbishment under way..  note the big hole in front of shrubs.  The nandina bush was moved to the back to allow planting in front of it..

17 August 2014

Pigs on Facebook

I spend way too much time looking at images of other potters work on Facebook but have also found a group called the Breakfast Club Diaries.  Here people post images of their morning walks.  Well one person is posting images of her pet pigs!
What a find.. it is so good to have current images of life size proportions that have inspired by latest pig sculptures...

What do you think..

Here is Spot
and Blackie

and here are my inspired versions

my hand formed pigs are quite small but I'm very happy with them so far..  fingers crossed for the firings and setting them on a stand which I threw on the wheel today..

11 August 2014

2014 Teapot Show

Well at last I have some images to share with you...  technology has not been my friend of late but we seem to have come to an understanding at last ..

Currently I have two teapots at the Inner City Clayworkers Gallery in Glebe NSW.  This is a highlight for makers and collectors with all types of teapots on show. (click on the gallery name to see winning entries).

I was delighted to have one of mine sell on opening night...

"Violets are Blue" sold opening night - a lovely red sticker

I also have a second teapot on show along with matching tea bowls - I hope it finds a new home.

The show runs until 31st August 2014

06 August 2014

no posts for a while

Sorry about not posting for a while... first my computer needed to be replaced and now I have to learn how to download images to the new one..

here is an old one to keep you going...
hand formed pigs on thrown and altered base.  Iron base glaze fired to stoneware in reduction...2012

19 July 2014

A trip up the coast

Just back from a few days up the coast to a place called Tea Gardens.
The weather was cold and windy but fine.  We had a nice warm unit to go back to each day so enjoyed ourselves.

the next village is called Hawks Nest but the hawks came across the river to visit us
we drove along the coast and stopped at this beach access - the colour of the water would make a beautiful glaze

a wonderful feeling driving through the bush - here near the Myall Lakes

and here on the dirt road to the west of the highway

on our way back to Sydney we called in to visit a potter, Marian Marcatli who makes some beautiful porcelain pieces. Check her website here: ceramics--by-marian

Marian also makes wonderful pink macaroons with creamy pink filling.  Thanks Marian for your hospitality.

13 July 2014

clay alternatives

What does one do when one can't play with clay?

Well the weather is cool and so I've been doing some knitting..

these are blanket squares knitted on the diagonal.. so easy for anyone not skilled at knitting...
just cast on 3 stitches then K1, increase 1 in next stitch, knit to end of row. Continue until edge equals 25cm then reduce by K1 K2 together, knit to end of row repeat until 3 stitches remain, cast off.

I'll be sending them off to a charity to be made into blankets for needy people.

Probably this one - an Australian volunteer group: Wrap with Love, the pattern is on this site..

I also like to cook some 'extras' in this cool weather.  I use a gluten free flour and recipes I've collected over the years.. some work better than others with gluten free flour.. these worked OK..

Jam drops with plum jam and some have coconut sprinkled on top..  if you called by expecting something about pottery/ceramics then I can recommend hopping over to Sunday Ceramics - the blog linkup for those who play with clay...

09 July 2014

Tissue prints, cold weather and a broken foot

It is ages since I have been able to get into my studio.. I have an almost healed broken foot and have been lugging around one of those 'moon boots' or walking splints for a month now... at last I can take it off for short periods to walk around the house.. still no driving which is so restricting... just as well my husband can drive me to do the shopping at least.

Its the middle of winter here in Sydney, the minimum temperature last night was 3.7 degrees Celsius - it would be easy to stay in bed on such cold mornings.

Before the enforced break from my studio I did make and bisque 3 bottles.  Just tiny ones that a customer was looking for when I last had a stall.  They can be used as bud vases.  In the warmth of my kitchen I decorated one this afternoon with tissue prints.  The glaze can be applied straight over the top without having to bisque again.