I have been following Rae Dunn's blog of her adventures in France and thought I would share this snap I took last year. I could have done a whole series on the lacy net curtains there were so many lovely varieties.
The last few days we have been battered by very cold winds blowing up from the Southern Alps and across from the Blue Mountains which have also had some snow. Here on the coast we are relatively warm if you call a maximum of 14deg C warm and that doesn't take the wind chill factor into account.
Anyway we do get some nice colours to compensate a little.For example these two types of the bamboo family, the Black Bamboo with nice red berries and the Nandina bush with lovely red leaves that stay on the bush all year round but colour up in the cold weather.
Was it just the other day I was complaining about not being able to trim pots as they wouldn't dry because of wet weather? Well Mother Nature heard me and very helpfully sent a drying wind today - I do wish I had taken that into account and covered the handles I had firming up while I finally trimmed the lids. Fingers crossed that last handle doesn't break off during firing. I am hoping slow drying over the next day or so will save any problems. Don't you love the way clay keeps you on your toes :^)
My studio has sprung a leak and is too cold and damp to work in so I have taken over the kitchen table for now. It means I can also get warm water to work with as needed :^)
So no wheel work just now - this is a handbuildt box - needs very slow drying as the slabs are rather thin and the joins need the time to fuse.
These potters, Ian and Morag, lost their studio and home in a fire last month. Fellow potters have stepped in to help.
There will be a sale at the Canberra Potters and an online auction.
Check this link for more: http://gundaroobenefit.blogspot.com
My sons gave me an Amazon Voucher for Mothers Day and my choice arrived today. It's a great book with lots of images both of completed teapots and tips on making them. Should be a great inspiration and resource.