Rusty ceramic planters

Just took these hanging ceramic planters out of the kiln this morning. It is a tin blue brush on glaze. I gave them two coats instead of three, so instead of blue bowls with brown edges, they are a rusty brown with blue splotches and look similar to the corrugated iron of my studio walls. I like them, they would look nice with grey blue succulents in them.

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waves

On our last summer holiday we were visiting Mimosa National Park in NSW. One day we went to one of our favourite beaches Middle Beach and watched some massive waves crashing against the rocks. I quickly did a black ink drawing and these are the pieces I have made from that drawing.

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Sun Studio – online gallery

Online gallery of a exhibition I am part of by Michelle Culpitt

Art, words and projects

I invited two artists to install their work alongside my recent experimentations at Tent 29 for the Castlemaine State Festival open studio program 2015. The exhibition is on until Sunday March 22nd in Chewton, a short drive from Castlemaine and 120kms from Melbourne, Victoria. King Lake based ceramicist Yvette De Lacy installed an exhibition of new stoneware thrown and hand built works titled ‘Aquifer.’ De Lacy says, “ the work is about the drawing of water for life and the environmental impacts of when water is scarce.” The bottle shapes are inspired by child hood memories of digging up ink and medicine bottles. More of De Lacy’s work can be found at http://www.mountainclay.weebly.com or contact the artist on yvettedelacy@hotmail.com Melbourne based sculptor Annee Miron has installed a woven cardboard habitat. ‘Time borrowed’ reconstructs found cardboard boxes (fragments of their contents, origins and destinations visible) into the banks of a muddy…

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black mountain pot

A few weeks ago I made this double opening black mountain vase for the upcoming ‘Stepping Up’ exhibition to be held in Canberra during the Australian Ceramics Association Ceramic Triennial. This was the first time I had used Clayworks stoneware terracotta and unfortunately a small crack appeared after its second firing. This shot is while it is still wet and unfired.

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So I have started on another pot. This time in my usual white porcelain stoneware Clayworks JB3. The piece can be no bigger than 15cm x 15cm, so I hope it shrinks a bit, as it is 18cm high at the moment.10957217_1541025806146924_133912877_n

After making the form I painted on black underglaze. I then inscribed the mountains using a wire loop tool. I really like this piece and hope it fires well. Fingers crossed.1208344_828058057231577_1022115723_n

new work

I haven’t been here for a while, as I took summer off making ceramics, and since starting again I have been flat chat trying to get some work done. We went away to Tathra this summer and I did some drawings of large waves crashing on the rocks. These have been some of the inspiration for some new work I am doing for an exhibition at Tent 29 at Chewton during the Castlemaine festival.tathra 102 (1024x768)

These don’t look that big in the photo but they were huge waves, and we were getting wet!

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This is blue bottle or water bottle. I have also made some small cups, side plates and bowls.

#1 Blackberry anthotype experiment 21st January 2015, Tent 29 Chewton, VIC

My good friend Michelle’s wordpress blog about her current work done on her block in Chewton Victoria. I am going to have a few pieces of mine at her open studio as part of the 2015 Castlemaine Festival.

Art, words and projects

‘Due to the heat there is no window display today, come inside to see our selection of pies and pastries’ – a small blackboard in McShanag’s Bakery read.

Blackberry landscape

Blackberry bush, I should poison and kill you, you are out of control!

I like to pick your berries

Your thorns bite into soft skin

You are tasty

We can make jam.

You got with the gorse, wrapped yourselves ‘round dead trees and stumps.

I tread across the front ‘paddock’ and use scissors on you.

I stopped using my fingers after a few pricks.

Into my blue bucket, branches loaded with dark purple and bright red berries.

Small blackberry bush

The brown snake rests in the grassy burrow the rabbit made in your spiked mass.

On the walk back to the studio, Willy Wagtail flits, lands, shakes his ass, flits away and Rosellas launch like torpedoes from skinny gum trees.

Inside the part stone cottage, part green shed and all round humpy…

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time to relax and unwind..

Have not written for a while as it was very busy leading up to Christmas. I am now trying to relax a bit… I should be restocking my ceramics but I have so many jobs that I have neglected around the house that I need to stop making ceramics for the first half of January. I will be going back to my regular job on a part time basis next year as my daughter is starting school. So I need to carefully plan how I am going to proceed next year with Mountain Clay,  I don’t want to stop now that it going so well, but I need to organise my time and where and how I wish to sell my work. I have been approached by a few different outlets but I have yet to get organised in taking work to them. But for now some time off clay.PLATES 1 037 (1024x768)