Monday, January 25, 2010

The Great Unveiling

Tissue transfer

Jugs... black glaze not so successful here

Brooch with tissue transfer...I like this concept, it's simple and interesting

Tissue transfer pieces...I think I'm on to something here, I like what I see

Cute tea-cup, executed nicely if I do say so myself

Quirky salt and pepper shakers, one of my favourite sets :)

Brooches perhaps

Fleur inspired tea-pots... blue stain didn't go according to plan, alas, lesson learn't and many more to learn indeed!

Sugar pot and pourer - quite chuffed with this set

Pieces ready for bisque

The much awaited opening of the kiln door reveals all!

The day has finally come! I cracked the kiln door this morning to reveal all! All pieces made it through the glaze firing in one piece (pheeew!!!), not all have been successfully executed in the glaze process, alas, 'tis a lesson learn't... then there are some little beauties that are lovely to hold and are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. All in all a big learning curve as well as some interesting concepts and ideas that are something to think about for future works... I think I've stumbled accross something of substance here with the tissue transfers, we shall see where it takes me!
Happy Australia Day, working hard, listening to Triple J's hottest 100, enjoy!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Perth, pots and potters

Rachel, me and Fleur at King's Park Out-door cinema: Where the Wild things are
Amanda Shelsher piece...and I was lucky enough to meet her today, lovely-thank you Fleur!
My Fleur Schell inspired pieces in the making
This is what a potters kitchen contains...all hand made beauties, love it!
One of my favourite pieces in the making
My Fleur Schell inspired tea-pot

My goodness that timeless saying "time flies when you are having fun" is so fitting right now. I can't believe it's almost one week until I must leave this warm, welcoming and happy place! Working with Fleur has been such an amazing opportunity; the experience, knowledge and technical skills I have learn't are invaluable. Sunshine, cloudless blue skies, warm smiles, lots of swims and long days in the studio are all a young ceramic artist could want right now... need I say more. It's the simple things in life which bring joy and happiness :) I've managed to churn out quite a body of work over here, the luggage heading back east may not be so forgiving, but it's so worth it! The SODA girls are beautiful, thank you so much for making me feel like part of the family! I definately intend on another visit, hopefully in the not too distant future, bliss!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pottering around in Western Australia

Fishing Boat Harbour

Vintage telephone

Pourer perhaps

Chilli Charlie

One of the beach-inspired pieces

One of the many beautiful beaches on the beach-crawl up the coast of W.A

Studio space at SODA

Day five on the western side of Aus at SODA studios, North Fremantle, where I am staying with one of my favourite ceramic artists Fleur Schell... inspiration comming in bits and pieces, the soloist needs something of substance to grab and take hold! I've been pottering around more or less the past couple of days, having a play with no real project in mind, throwing, hand-building and experimenting with textures that I collected on my beach-crawl up the West coast. Tomorrow brings a new day, a new week and a new outlook, stay tuned.