trees and water

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These two pictures are of the work from my last kiln firing on Friday. Unfortunately I lost a tree dinner plate during firing otherwise there would be two complete tree sets. The three blue pasta bowls are following previous work which is inspired by the ocean waves near Tathra NSW. The tree dinnerware are what I see everyday up here in the mountains.



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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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.

Last of the waratahs

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.
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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. studio 013 (960x1280) I made the pots first by making pinch pots. You can see the hay bales in the background, that I share my studio with!studio 005 (960x1280)Then I paint white stoneware slip studio 019 (1280x960) Then I engrave the Waratah flower using techniques that I use when teaching botanical drawing to my students during art classes. studio 024 (960x1280) Now waiting to dry then 029 (1280x960)

Banksia and Hakea side plates

Just fired these cute little side plates and took shots for my Etsy store. I used my Native garden as inspiration using an assortment of Banksia and a Pinwheel Hakea. The plates are made by hand using a stoneware raku clay fired to cone 10. They have a rough surface and feel like a stone but I like think they are nice.
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