29 March 2012

Off they go....

this week I am sending off 3 pieces that I am quite pleased to have made (not always the case).

First was a teapot which I have sent to the Teapot Show at the Studio @ Flinders Gallery being held over Easter in my neighbouring state, Victoria.

Next are two pedestal bowls which will be awarded as prizes at the 50th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon of the Port Hacking Potters group in Sutherland this Saturday.  It should be a fun day with potters coming from all over the State to catch up with friends.  You can see more about the group on their blog: http://www.porthackingpotters.blogspot.com.au/

Number one is this black and red thrown porcelain:

and then there is this little blue and white number

Now that you have seen what I've been doing this week how about checking some others over on Adriana Christianson's blogger group, Mud Colony.

22 March 2012

a few results

this week has been mostly about preparation with a few early results coming back from firing...
Thanks to the Lovely Adriana Christianson for Mud Colony which is helping me to stay motivated with my blogging. Pop over and see what others are doing this week: Mud Colony blog posts for this week

some early pieces for my Steampunk series

mainly checking out some underglazes, I like the Deco Butter creamy colour..

my stamp moulds are a bit messy. I have used a surform to get rid of the sharp edges and will use wet & dry sandpaper in water to smooth off more.  The cylinder on the left will be carved into and used as a rolling stamp.  

15 March 2012

Live and learn

Well, my teacher tried to warn me but I didn't get what she was telling me.  Nothing like experience to teach a lesson!  The pendants I glazed were too heavy to have more than one on the wire as the wire softens and then bends in the firing - as a result the pendants and bead moved together and the glaze stuck where they touched. Sorry no photo of the mess as I didn't have my camera with me.  Any way better luck next time - I have another lot going through a firing this week so fingers crossed it goes better this time.
Here are the ones I kept.  The three orange ones in front will need a little more sanding off with a sharpening stone.  I think I threw about 6 away.

I'll be adding this post to Mud Colony so hop over and see what others are doing this week.

08 March 2012

Bead Hangers

I am currently taking a ceramic jewellery making class at my local TAFE college. This week some of us were able to glaze our first batch and set them on Kanthal wire on our bisque fired hangers.  They will go into an electric kiln for a firing at 1200 deg C.  This is my post this week for Mud Colony and my Facebook page, Anna's Ceramics and Facebook Group, Anna's Aussie Ceramics.  Drop by and check them out :^)

slabs of raku clay cut and joined and holes drilled to hold wire

closer detail of the bead hangers
Detail of glazed beads and pendants showing them balanced on the Kanthal wire
Detail showing beads hanging and 2 brooches on base

03 March 2012

A bit of baking

I'll be visiting my elderly father tomorrow and he loves Anzac biscuits.  They are usually made using rolled oats - I can't eat them as I am gluten intolerant so today I experimented and made some very tasty gluten free ones by substituting the rolled oats for rolled quinoa. Yum! It worked!

(Anzac biscuits were made to send to the Australian & New Zealand troops fighting in the first World War as they kept well).
My family recipe as modified today:
1 cup rolled quinoa, 3/4 cup dessicated coconut, 1 cup plain gluten free flour, 1 cup sugar, 125g butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons Bi Carb Soda, 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup.
Mix quinoa, gf flour, sugar and coconut in large bowl. Meanwhile melt butter with golden syrup together. Mix bi carb soda with 2 tablespoons of boiled water, quickly add to melted butter & syrup (it will foam up) and add to the dry ingredients.  Roll spoonfuls into balls, place on trays, press down gently with fork. Place on greased or lined trays in a slow oven (140 deg C fan forced) for approx 20 minutes.  Try to let them cool before you eat them :^)

Here is an image for Linda Starr of Blue Starr Gallery who asked about the Aussie favourite, Golden Syrup. Linda it is made from Sugar Cane with some water added.  I guess similar to Molasses but lighter in colour and flavour.