28 March 2015

Your Invited

Here is your invitation to attend the Garden Show at the Inner City Clayworkers in Glebe NSW

The show is not only for pots for your garden or veranda but lots of other knick knacks to suit as well.

Perhaps some pigs to decorate your outdoor table?

Or something green to highlight your indoor plant?

Wheel thrown planter and attached saucer. Stamped underglaze decoration under Dark Celedon glaze. Fired in Reduction.

Same firing as green planter
These blue pots are out of the same firing as the green planter.  The blue is transparent but very dark so the pattern underneath is difficult to see.  Still nice pots though.  The White planter has a small fault so I experimented... I'll be keeping that one for my own plants.

23 March 2015

Garden Show coming up

My second glaze firing finished today.  I haven't fully unpacked yet but its looking very promising.

The main items are three planter pots destined for the Inner City Clayworkers Garden Show next month.  I was thrilled to be invited to take part.  It opens on 29 April and runs until 17 May 2015.
 Correction - the dates are opens on 1st April and closes on 26 April 2015.

I'm sure there will be some fantastic works there.... not only pots but also sculptures and all sorts of things for the garden..

There are several glaze tests in this firing for future reference...  The lilac satin matt went well and one of the green glazes looks fine.  One test needs more work...

These lovely tangerine pieces were meant to be red.  I'll try again next time I glaze fire.

I had a few sales at the last stall I took part in at the Art of Living Festival..

The weather was shocking in the morning with heavy rain squalls and strong wind gusts.

We didn't bother to  put table cloths on and at times hung onto the gazebo as it blew like a sail in a gale..

Pots by Anna and Sandra in this image
I was happy that one of my new vases and that little jug found a new home  and several other pieces too.

16 March 2015

The Matchbox Show now open - runs to 21 March 2015

If you have been following my blog you will know that I entered The Matchbox Show 5th Anniversary Exhibition being held at the Brisbane Modern Art Gallery

Now that the exhibition is open I thought I would share images of my entries with you...

There were 10 pieces sent altogether.  There were two Magnolia seed pods almost identical so only one shown here.
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Two Blue Fishes

Flora Snail

Gilded Snail

Guinea Flower Bud with 2 leaves

Guinea Flower Bud with gilded leaf

Jacaranda flowers, one gilded

Gilded Magnolia seed pod
It would be lovely if you could get along and see the show.  There are some very creative ceramic artists from across Australia taking part.

09 March 2015

Market at the Art of Living Festival

this is where I will be on Sunday - if you are there please stop by and say hello...

02 March 2015

another challenge underway

I have been invited to take part in the Inner City Clayworkers Annual Garden Show.

So happy :)

One of my pig sculptures will be going and I'm working on some planter pots...

Given that here in Oz our plant pots mostly stay outside all year I decided to use a clay that will take the changes in temperature.  While my place rarely gets a frost being not too far from the sea, who knows where their new home may be?

So that meant some reclaiming of a suitable clay.  A stoneware with grog... crumbs of pre-fired clay mixed through the raw clay.
reclaiming clay for pots
It is not an easy clay to throw on the wheel as the grog is tough on the skin.  Somehow I do like throwing with this clay.  Perhaps because the results are so different from my usual work thrown with a smooth clay.

I had enough clay to make three pots... they have been trimmed now and look promising.

the saucer is thrown at the same time as the bowl of the pot

This one has a different shape but still the all in one saucer

No saucer with this one

they are now going to be left to slowly dry to leather hard stage when I will decorate them...

So far so good...