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)

 

 

 

 

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.

little bird nest

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.

banksia unfired plate