28 June 2015

Busy in the studio

It's a while since I posted...

For the very good reason that I am busy making teapots for the Sydney Teapot Show. Yes, still at it..  the weather has been cold and wet so things have been slow to dry enough to trim...

While waiting for one lot to dry I started with a different clay, white this time...


teapots are made up of a lidded vessel, a spout and a handle

managing all those elements so that they dry at a similar rate and can be joined together can be tricky even when the weather is good...

The teapots are all put together ready to be decorated so I threw some tea bowls to match...



while waiting for the bowls to dry the decorating could be started...

these are being hidden until the show opens...

I'm using underglazes but also a product called graphite paper to inscribe my design onto the teapot bodies and lids..














so at last all the pieces are complete... now to let them all get dry so I can begin the firing and glazing process.


Time for some soup.. vege soup made even tastier with Bay Leaves grown at the home of Dawn Whitehand.  After visiting while on holiday near her, I came away with so many leaves!!  I have a big jar full in the pantry now... they should see me through the winter of soups and casseroles, thanks Dawn :)

I've also been meeting up with pottery friends during the week, we went to see an exhibition called "Hands On" in the Palm House at the Botanic Gardens.  The exhibition was put on by a group of friends, many of whom belong to  the Port Hacking Potters Group.

Amanda and Janet at the "hands on" exhibition at the Palm House in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

Sculpture and pots by Bob Wood
Pots by Jitka K
Mugs by Jitka K (love the way they are displayed) 

Ceramic art and paintings by Rosalie Duligal

leaves on the path from the Gingko tree

the Gingko tree still has leaves in the balmy harbour side gardens


Thanks for dropping by and see you over on Facebook...

5 comments:

Linda Starr said...

can't wait to see your teapots, the first photo almost looked like the beginnings of a tangine; love the display of mugs and the bird plates are intriguing, the owl sculpture looks very realistic.

Barbara R. said...

Welcome back (to my computer) - great that you've been busy. Me too! Love the gingko leaves...which are great designs on mugs around here!

Anna said...

Hi Linda, fingers crossed for my teapots and their firings. Their are some very talented potters in the Port Hacking Potters club and Bob is a true artist that can paint, sculpt and pot!

Hi Barbara yes the Gingko tree seems to inspire many designs. Lucky me has just been given a little baby one to try to grow for myself :)

Dawn Whitehand said...

Good to see the bay leaves coming in handy ...lol - and the teapots look good too! -)

Anna said...

Hi Dawn, sorry you had trouble posting but it came through... fingers crossed for my teapots :)