09 December 2017

Off to Ireland without me

My large textured slab built box is winging its way to Ireland.  A gift for a family member.

It has a white inner glaze and a soft blue glaze outside.  The outer glaze was poured on - would have been better to have sprayed it on but without my own proper spray booth and windy weather this wasn't possible.

I am still pleased that it didn't warp or crack.

21 November 2017

That went well

Our POP UP SHOP was in a vacant building that is due for renovation soon... It is part of a lovely heritage building where Port Hacking Potters hold their monthly meetings.

Entry to shop

We ran it for almost two weeks which is quite a commitment for a small group
hand formed candle holders

There were around 17 of us with our work on display - in this image mine are the blue vessels and the candle holders

Display of work includes my teapot set, green tree voitive and white vases

View from a different direction

All in all the event went well.

04 November 2017

first time in a Pop Up Shop

my pottery group friends and I are having a go at a Pop Up Shop
come by and check it out if you can  details below

31 October 2017


I recently attended a workshop run by the Port Hacking Potters Group with the American potter, Todd Pletcher.

Todd is a temporary resident in Australia and living a very different lifestyle here in central Sydney compared to his rural lifestyle at home in the USA.

His work is designed for the large wood kiln he built for himself at home and has lots of curves to catch the wood ash.
You can see more on his website here: https://www.pletcherpottery.com/

The workshop was run over two days and his technique suits a different style of pottery wheel to those we had available at the Gymea Ceramic Design Studio where it was held, as his technique needs a slow turn of the wheel and a quick move of the hands as the rims are cut. Maybe I just making excuses for being challenged? Others also found it a challenge though... even being back in a shared space with lots of chat instead of my own quiet home studio was different.

He has a great eye for detail and the clay needs to be constantly monitored as it drys.  More than I would usually need to do.

I enjoyed the challenge and have a couple of pieces that might be worth firing.

Todd Pletcher demonstrating his mugs

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.