The past week Ive been making some great samples for potential orders- plates for a busy restaurant and little mixing bowls with the logo of an aromatherapist. I cant share pics of these yet- still secret business 😉
But this fruit bowl, in the making stage, is going to be funky! Will be glazed in purple and black.
I have an appointment this week with a local cafe owner to also see samples, so my studio is a busy place- wish I had more space at the moment!
One of my favourite techniques is adding texture to a clay surface. There are direct ways of doing this using found items like leaves, seed pods, lace etc, but I also love making plaster 'prints' first and then use them to imprint from. The plaster draws some of the surface moisture away and leaves a clear, crisp imprint. These slab built boxes have been made using plaster prints to impress the pattern first and add visual interest to the forms.
Recently I had a great experience when photographer Sharon Greenaway visited the studio with all her tripods, lights and camera to get some images of my work and workspace.
She has done a brilliant job capturing my passion and new play space.
If you need a fab photographer visit her website for details _ www.sharongreenaway.com
Lots of items are being made at the moment, that can all be used to suit you.
Displayed on a shelf just because they're pretty, or for practical uses holding liquids like tea and coffee, or fav flowers.
I have extended the 'spotty' surface design into some pourers and vases. More sgrafitto owl designs and some lino cut styles with reference to the garden.
I can't wait to open the kiln tomorrow! It holds the beginnings of a new stoneware clay with subtle white or grey bands. Fingers crossed they're stunning.
Always one to love creating to a challenge!
Tickle the Imagination mag put out a call to create a pin cushion that referenced 'winter blues'.
I love nothing more than being tucked up in my studio when its raining outside and I cant get into the garden- so I thought I would have a play.
So first I created a silk screen of a line drawing of cloud shapes, then a little porcelain pinch pot was made and clouds and rain were printed on the surface, twice through the kiln it travelled, then a piece of calico was screen printed with the clouds and gathered up to be inserted in the bowl. A sweet little pin cushion has joined my sewing table.
Its creation has bought on the rain!! Yay a day in the studio tomorrow is planned. Im having a big clean up to be ready for my photo shoot this Friday- great images are in the plans for the website soon 😊👏
Its been 2 long weeks since I have had a monent to get into the studio. Finally today I had 3 quiet hours to play.
Soon myself and a lovely lady will be doing a joint 2 x session workshop- 1st session with me, with us all making porcelain pendants, 2nd session with Roz who will show us how to crochet a feature 'window' in them. I made a few samples today so we will have a few to show that are completed.
I am also making some stoneware storage boxes with exciting textured surfaces. They could be used for coffee or tea in the kitchen, jewllery or in the bathroom for make up etc. these have just dried ready for the bisque firing, but I'm really excited about the final glaze firing! Very rustic.
A few pinch pots drying and one ready with its tissue transfers on. Should have a kiln filled tomorrow to move through the process- yippee.
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.
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.