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.

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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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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

A girl in a tree

Today I sent off a tree mug and a forest mug to the USA where my customer was buying them for her daughter. Her name is Chiara and she is protesting against forest being destroyed for a new shopping mall by living high up a tree! Unbelievable that my tree and mountain inspired work will end up high in a tree on Bainbridge Island just off the coast of Seattle! I love it! So I looked her up and there is a song! What an inspiration!! 0 001 (1024x768)

 

 

 

 

Etsy Night Out

Last Friday I was part of the first Melbourne Etsy pop art market, Etsy Night Out Melbourne! It was really busy and a great introduction for me to having a stall in Melbourne rather than out in the sticks! This is a photo of my trusty helper!
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Lovely day at the Market

Had a lovely day at our local market today. Beautiful warm weather and lots of happy customers. Have to get really busy this week and make lots more work for another market next week.
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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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