26 May 2013

Little by little

I'm am slowing getting my teapots completed.  So busy with the Port Hacking Potters Empty Bowl Project it is hard to get time for my own pieces.
All in a good cause though..
one coat on, two more to go on this design.

Remember to drop by Mud Colony and catch up with other blogging potters...

09 May 2013

Clay Push Gulgong - post # 2

the car boot market getting set up - check out the size of the tent where suppliers were setup and demonstrations took place throughout the week
beautiful work by USA presenter, Diana Fayt on the left and Shannon Garson on the right

this wonderful larger than life statue was decorated by participants

Sadhana helped out with this large head which was added to a three legged base made by the SE Asian potters

a pit firing South African style

the large pot made by the Korean master was fired up outside but unfortunately it collapsed towards the end of the night...

Check out the Clay Push Gulgong Facebook page for more images of the fun...
And how about the weather!!

Off home and we stopped at the Lue Pottery and spent 2 hours talking with Des about his tool making and running a pottery making his own clay and glazes...
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08 May 2013

2 days to get a taste of the wonder of Clay Push @ Gulgong

For years since I first started studying ceramics I have been asked are you going to Gulgong this year?  Each time the 3 years came around again there was always something else happening that prevented me from attending.
The clay conferences were begun 25 years ago by Janet Mansfield who sadly passed away before this years event took place. The planning was taken over by Vicki Grima of Australian Ceramics Assn and helped by an able team.
I was determined to attend what could be the last Gulgong clay happening.  I booked in for just one day, the second last day.
Delegates who attended the full conference were able to sell their wares. Amongst the mix here are works by Shannon Garson.  The two large pots in the background were hand formed by Master Potter, Lee, Kang Hyo, South Korea.

I sat in on some of Jeff Mincham's workshop. This large pot was moved just after I took this as it was beginning to lean on the wonky support under it. 

I spent most of Friday observing Diana Fayt's demonstrations.  I have admired her work online for many years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to see her decorating techniques first hand.

A lovely meal that evening with my friends from Mud Colony, L to R top row,  Ellen Appleby, me, Adriana Christianson,  lower row, Sadhana Petersen and Kim Foale.    

On Saturday, the potters from Sth East Asia prepared this installation and invited the audience to add to the display
one little pig

second little pig

Adriana and friend adding their pieces

Oh how did it get so late again 10.30pm! - check in again for more images soon....

07 May 2013

the start of the trip over the mountains

Some images taken at Mt Tomah - at the top of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney on the way over the mountains before heading to Gulgong and Clay Push