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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Living locally!!

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I have been interviewed by a new fantastic website ‘local chatter’ about living and working locally! Have a read!!

http://localchatter.com.au/mountain-clay

State of Green interview

The lovely Jenny Tranter from the eco website and blog State of Green has interviewed me about how I started in ceramics and my inspiration. I very grateful for this opportunity and hope you enjoy the read. State of Green is an online resource for finding out the latest in eco living ideas from around the world. e for blog 001 (1024x768)http://blog.stateofgreen.com.au/interview-mountain-clay/

Waratahs

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 fire.studio 029 (1280x960)

Turquoise noodle bowls

three noodle bowls waiting to be packed for market

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.

end of Autumn….. nests and new plates.

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.

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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!

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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.

Hakea plate unfired

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.

Banksia unfired plate

This is another Banksia, front on.

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tomato sauce

Was desperate to go to the studio today with lots of ideas, however, if I didn’t make something with our tomatoes that are ripening (late in our area) I would be letting our local currawong eat them all. Looks like our chooks will get all the off cuts.