Monday, 28 November 2011

Here they are!

And off they went! Better late than never! See you on Friday little cups.:wave:

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Josephine Pittman

As you may have read in earlier posts, when West Australian artist, Josephine Pittman isn't playing with mud, she's on an oil rig, somewhere in the ocean off the west coast. She sent these in before she last headed out to the rig.

Here are some photos taken over the last couple of months around my studio, me in the studio and some of the tools I like to use.

Very much looking forward to meeting Josephine - and all of the other bloggers who will be able to make it to Many next Friday!

Onward and upward

At last - Keiko Matsui

I said to myself - 'Let's stop winging and do some work!'
Thank you for encouraging comments from other bloggers. At last, I managed to put all my work together in the bloody last minute.

I realized that it is important to breath slowly, pause, and clear your head-space when things goes wrong. Being a potter is life time commitment so that I have to train myself physically and mentally well.

As I noticed that some of ceramic artists from this blog cannot come to the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. So I thought it would be nice to put some of my exhibiting work for those who cannot visit the museum. Below is my exhibiting work.

I spent 2 days to do photo shooting as the weather in Sydney was pretty wet last week. Natural light is the best, cannot beat with photoshop!

The narrative knot and PROmotion exhibition sounds so versatile! I am so excited to see other people's work.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Sh*t has been happening! - Keiko Matsui

My apologies for not writing for blog for a you can read title, shit has been happening to me. (Apologies again for the dirty word, if sh*t is considered as dirty)
As English is not my mother tongue, I checked this phrase before I wrote this blog. (I know that it is 4 am and I am googling "sh*t happens" after breast-feeding.)

According to wikipedia - "Shit happens" is a common slang phrase, used as a simple existential observation that life is full of imperfections, either "Así es la vida" or "C'est la vie". The phrase is an acknowledgment that bad things happen to people for no particular reason.

I think that it is quite boring for readers to list up what happened to me. So I won't. The best thing happened to me during this storm was to be chosen to exhibit at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I am so thrilled to be one of the group.

There's not much time left until the opening. But I just want to upload the image of my photo shooting. It is done at my little studio. I wish that Greg Piper takes photos all times as this is very difficult thing, however professional photography is not cheap and I am challenging myself.

Monday, 21 November 2011

A few of my favourite things ...

I’m sure I’ve uploaded a similar photo before but that was a long time ago. This is me, at work in the studio at La Trobe University in Bendigo. Unfortunately I don’t have my own studio. But, I imagine that as soon as I’ve got my own studio I will continue to have a ‘wall of inspiration’. I like having photos up of anything that has touched me while on a bushwalk, even if I’m not working with those things/photos at the time.
As you can see, I’m using favourite tool: the plastic card in all its varieties (I like the ones that get you money out of the wall too, but I’m not even talking about those, or not in that application anyway). I use soft and hard cards, straight-edged and curved ones, and I cut them to the shape and size that I like.
They all have their use on different forms or on clay in its different stages. Copy cards and student cards are good. They can be cut into different shapes. Lids of ice cream containers are a bit softer, great for curved cards and softer surfaces. Best of all is when the AFL has those oval-shaped cards in packets of chips (great excuse for eating too much potato chips too!). Otherwise I’m really not into AFL.

I feel that there are different stages in working with clay (at least in the way I work) and to be quite honest, I don’t always like every stage of it. It often takes a bit of effort to make that mental switch before I can move into the next stage. My favourite part would still be the beginning, when I’m creating a maquette inspired by a form or experience in nature.
At that stage I often reconnect with other moments of inspiration: that’s me in the photos, always trying out postures in interaction with my natural environment while on bushwalks. I urgently need to get back into nature!

Life of a stubborn ceramist …

Life of a stubborn ceramist without a car… I’ve just carried my work to the post office: a 10 minute walk, twice, and back, because I had two boxes to send. Heheh. My work is on its way to Manly!
Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll make it to any of the events related to the exhibition, so hopefully I’ll get to meet you all at another occasion in the not too distant future.

Monday, 14 November 2011

All quiet on the South Australian front

Well, not really.  Just over a month ‘till Christmas, and the pots aren’t making themselves.  The beast is not quite roaring away outside (it will be very soon as it reachs reduction and all that that involves) and various things are drying on shelves as I attempt to make enough to fill it with another load of bisque.... 
The beast in action

My favourite thing about and in my studio is being within a few feet of the garden, the kiln, the garage, the kitchen and the computer.  I know it's all a bit cliched and naff: I'm not a tortured artist (which is also cliched and naff), but, being a 'woman of a certain age', I like my comfort and peace and solitude and will probably have to start collecting the fifty cats soon....
Onions in the front, kiln in the back

The last load of pots came out okay (this was my Woo Hoo moment!).  I'm still learning how my kiln works: half brick in flue seems to aid an even temperature, but makes reaching cone 9 difficult; no brick = cone 9, but only on the bottom.  I'll rebuild the flue during summer, as well as patch and seal the kiln walls (too much heat is escaping) and that may help/work....
A kiln load of pots

And finally, something I'll be driving to Sydney for the show.  Everyone, this is Finley.  Finley, this is everyone.

Finding the Time

The biggest challenge I'm faced with this time of year if finding the time to work. I'm a full time sailing instructor all through summer and after 6 days a week on the water (which i'm def not complaining about!!) the last thing i want to do is hit the studio. but i still manage to throw some pots a couple of times a week. These two pots i threw last night are slip decorated much like the smaller ones i put the kites and paper airplanes on. So to be all hipster and techo i tried my hand at making a gif. hope it works....
throwin pots!
also posted are a couple of shots of my work i need to get in the kiln some time soon. I find that firing in the winter is somehow always more appealing :) especially when its a 30 degree day like today.

Bottle Building

My favourite tools: my hands; my vinegar water; my textured plaster.

Fitting the final piece.

Signing off.

Okay - I couldn't resist a final fiddle...

Saturday, 12 November 2011

My cups went in the kiln!

I rubbed underglaze in the lines and wiped back. I did plan to add a bit of colour too, but I thought they looked really good just with the simple lines. I like the "badly wiped down printing plate" look. So clear glazed! Here goes nothin'! Life on the edge for a potter! We may look mild mannered and conservative, but we are in reality a bunch of risk taking pyromaniacs who constantly put all our eggs in one basket.

The cups at the front are called "I don' t see much of the kid any more!"