We live on a flower farm and the last of our Australian native waratahs have just finished. Today I made two dishes for friends using the white and red waratah as a decorative feature. I copy the waratahs as a botanical artist copies flowers. I need the flower in front of me and can’t work from a photo, so as they have just finished flowering I realised I needed to make these pieces quickly. They are yet to be fired or glazed, so will look quite different when fired.
Soooo excited! Have just been sent the link to an online interview I did with Inside Out magazine about me, my work and studio. The address is http://blogs.homelife.com.au/insideout/article/meet-some-etsy-design-awards-finalists Please click on address and have a read!!
We have a native Australian flower farm. We are now in our peak Waratah season, so while they are flowering I thought to decorate some new raku clay hanging plant pots with their design. I made the pots first by making pinch pots. You can see the hay bales in the background, that I share my studio with!Then I paint white stoneware slip Then I engrave the Waratah flower using techniques that I use when teaching botanical drawing to my students during art classes. Now waiting to dry then fire.
I have been quite sick on and off the last month, being diagnosed with glandular fever and consequently I have not been making as much as I would like or blogging here! I have had to slow down a bit and rest which feels like I am wasting time sometimes, but it means I have got better quicker. I have made some more noodle bowls for tomorrows Kinglake market and hope to make more next week, now that I am feeling better.
Winter is nearly over here in Australia and it has been cold and long so I cannot wait til spring. Today we had a beautiful sunny day up in the mountains, daffodils are out and tiny buds are starting to burst on the fruit trees. It is about to get busy here on our farm. Our Waratahs are beginning soon, our lambs are soon to be born and our ducks and geese are all sitting on eggs.
Nearly all the leaves have fallen off the deciduous trees in our yard. The Magnolia has only a few left. Walking past today I spied this cute little empty nest just attached with the most delicate of twine. Probably a little honeyeater or wrens nest from last spring.
There are tiny little blue strands of bailing twine in the nest from our hay bales. My mums nests at her house have pink and blue baling twine woven in!
I also made some new plates yesterday out of Stoneware Raku clay. I didn’t know what to do with them, so I painted on some white slip, and decorated them using sgraffito, with native Australian plants as inspiration. This one is a Hakea.
This is a Candlestick Banksia. The brown raku clay will fire to a creamy speckled appearance. I don’t know if the iron specks in the clay will come through the white slip? I will wait and see.
This is another Banksia, front on.