Making a new plaster wedging block- had forgotten just how time consuming this is when you want to be absolutely certain there are no leaks or flecks of plaster left in the room!
It smells so beautiful at the studio today- raindrops are in the air
Prior to falling in love with clay I had 25 years working in 2D visual art. Lots of drawings and paintings that all carry a story. My garden has always, and continues to be my inspiration. I once had a garden that was part of the Victorian Open Garden Scheme and my favourite flowers were the roses.
I also used to paint for local community support, donating to not for profits for their fund raising etc. this painting did an amazing job of raising many $'s for the CFA. After 8 weeks of bushfires around Mansfield in the Victorian High Country I created this work. My fav views of the area with some photo images taken at the fire fronts featured at the base. It was selected to travel around 4 local regional galleries and has been in 3 seperate art shows- it is still a personal favourite.
And my gorgeous vegie garden always gives me produce I love to paint, like this pumpkin crop.
Why are these on my 'clay' website? Because painting is part of who I am and therefore influences my 3D work in clay.
At last!! I have my little logo stamp to mark all my work with 😊👏
Tsh is my acronym and its embraced by a home because thats where I play with clay
Its been a strange two weeks dashing in and out of the studio for only 30-45 minutes at a time around other home life events. Balancing drying of clay is always a challenge- wrapping in plastic to stall it for a while and unwrapping to speed it up. New work is coming out of the kiln at last with only one glaze disaster.
My skills have also been challenged! After a close to 3 year break from clay, I have to reach to the back of my mind at times to access answers to 'how to' questions. Things I used to do with ease have had to be thought about. But its like not riding a bike, once your back in the saddle it all comes back to you.
This week I had to pull a handle and make a mould for a key- both coming out well.
I am a certified creative addict- having played with arty methods constantly since childhood. Now I work mostly in clay, painting and textiles - always designing and making new objects.