09 October 2017


With the very dry weather we have had for the last few months the gum trees are becoming stressed and dropping their leaves..
I collected some and thought how lovely the colours would be on some pots...
I am taking the inspiration and seeing what I can do

As is always the case with underglazes... what you see is not always what you get once they have been through two firings and have a glaze on top.

We shall see...  stay tuned..

30 September 2017

Long Weekend Markets

this weekend is a holiday weekend in NSW.
The holiday is to celebrate the introduction of the 8hr working day

"Labour Day is an annual public holiday that celebrates the eight-hour working day, a victory for workers in the mid-late 19th century.  The argument for the eight-hour day was based on the need for each person to have eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest."

It is awful to think of the hours people were expected to work previously... of course many people who are on a set wage work longer hours these days but generally they are paid a higher salary.

So hopefully people in a holiday mood will come along to the markets at nearby Engadine and be prepared to buy buy buy... fingers crossed..

and I hope to get into the studio this week to get some more stock made...

23 September 2017

Stumped by the weather...

I had hoped to be doing a raku firing today but with most of the state under a Total Fire Ban the day has been cancelled.. so disappointed...

So during the week I potted up some plants in some of my pottery...
The larger one was made as a planter while the smaller one with a saucer is two repurposed pots... the bowl had a fault so wasn't glazed (a piece of plastic caught in the clay while reclaiming and not noticed) plus a saucer that was a shallow bowl but the glaze was too thick..

Hope you all have a lovely week and I'm off to wash the car in the hope we get some rain.. it often works..

08 September 2017

It's a wrap

Thank you to everyone who came to see our exhibition, "Human Nature".

Both Thea and I were very pleased with the way it all came together.

Our meet the artists afternoon was well attended and over the two weeks we had lots of encouraging comments, provoked some thoughts and had some sales.

We might have to do it again one day.

My mini installation titled "Everywhere" was about the loss of diversity in nature.  The 22 pigs were able to be purchased individually and this was rather popular with more than half finding new homes.


The pigs were mostly based on rare breeds such as the Berkshire, Oxford Old Spot, Tamworth and Wessex Saddleback.  Others were cross breeds and ferals.
One of the first to sell was Laura with the floral prints.  Her sister Flora also found a new home.

Some of our works are now off to try their luck in the Gosford Art Prize which also has a Ceramics Award.  Fingers crossed for us both.

29 August 2017

"Human Nature" exhibition this week - runs to 2/9/2017

If you would like to see my exhibition it continues this week, Wednesday 30/8  to Saturday 2/9, 
10am to 4pm each day.

Wallarobba Arts Centre
25 Edgeworth David Ave
Hornsby NSW

Location on Google Maps.

and including oil pastel drawings by Thea Bourne.

Would love to see you there...

Detail: "2045" wheel and hand-formed components.  Terra sigillata and sawdust firing.

23 August 2017

Exhibition now open and you are invited

The setup went well over the last two days and both Thea and I think it looks pretty good...

Here is a sneak peek...

And we would love to see you for drinks and nibbles on Sunday afternoon at 2pm..

More details in previous post but the show is at Wallarobba Arts Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby NSW.

13 August 2017

Human Nature - an exhibition of drawings and sculpture

Well here it is at last...
Your invitation to my exhibition..

It runs from 23 August to 2 September with a meet the artists afternoon with drinks and nibbles on Sunday 27 August 2017 at 2pm.

It is being held at the lovely old building called "Wallarobba" in Hornsby NSW which is home to the Hornsby Art Society.

Here is a link: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre

It will be open from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday each week.

I'd love to see you there if you are in the area.

I would like to note my appreciation to the Sydney Ceramics Studio, formerly TAFE NSW Ceramics Department for the loan of their plinths.

10 August 2017

Your invitation to the Sydney Teapot Show 2017

The Teapot Show has a change of venue this year.

It now happening at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery in Newtown...
Always worth a visit to see what amazing creation has been made in the form of a teapot...

I will have two teapots there this year...

Hope you can visit the gallery... starts 24 August - official opening is 6pm Friday 25 August and the show ends 17 September 2017.

29 July 2017

Slow Drying Teapots

As I have said in previous posts I am making teapots for the Sydney Teapot Show again this year.
Fingers crossed.

This year it is at a new venue.  It will be at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery in Newtown.  This gallery specializes in pottery and has a great reputation.

I know many potters have already completed their pots for the show and yet mine are not fired yet.

After putting them together and decorating two of the four I found they were not drying due to the cold weather and a cold studio.

The two porcelain ones had a stint inside and are fine.

The two stoneware ones that I left outside to be dry enough to trim seemed to be a little uneven so once they were assembled I wrapped them in dry-cleaning plastic and left them for a day.

Fortunately this evened them up and the slow process of drying could begin.  Once they were dry enough I brought them into the house where the air is dryer and warmer.

I still found the bases were not fully dry and with attachments I couldn't turn them upside down so out came the cake cooling rack and one more day and they were ready.

Bisque firing on tomorrow... a slow firing just in case..

24 July 2017

Marking time

Preparation for my exhibition is ongoing with all my sculptures now fired.

Now to smooth off any rough edges and take photos...

In the meantime I am waiting for teapots to dry so I can get those fired for the Sydney Teapot Show.

The Teapot Show used to be held at a co-operative gallery in Glebe but this year will be held at a commercial gallery in Newtown...

More on those once I know I have managed to fire them successfully... I have some made in porcelain and some made in a new to me clay by Keane Ceramic Suppliers called Stoneware 9.  I'm hoping to get a nice warm colour once fired.

wedged ready to start throwing...

Put outside to encourage drying before being able to trim

Have a good week