28 April 2017

a few more sales

yesterday I took part in a stall held by the Port Hacking Potters Group at the local hospital.
We donate to the hospital and they supply the tables in the foyer while we supply the table cloths and shelves etc.

The sales are not great at the moment as there are building works going on and there is only a drop-off point near the foyer, no actual parking so most people enter via the back door which is closer to a parking area.

Still, we all sold some pots and one of our members gained a commission for more of her wacky mugs which are decorated to look like cars.

Amongst the ones I sold was this little tealight holder.  The person buying them bought several other pieces from the stall, all of them green!

26 April 2017

Successful Auction

the art auction I took part in was very successful with almost 60 pieces of art donated and $5232 raised for the country town of Murwillumbah NSW.

The winning bidder for my piece should be receiving the bowl in the post this week.

Thanks to all who took part and especially to those who made a bid for my bowl.

15 April 2017

Art Auction 22 April 2017

Wheel thrown and altered porcelain bowl with tissue print decoration, clear glaze. Fired to stoneware. H. 3.7cm W. 15cm - suitable for keeping your jewellery or for sweets or snacks.

I posted a photo of this small bowl on Facebook and Instagram and people seemed to like it so I have decided to donate it to a charity auction.  The auction is being run online by potters but there will be all sorts of art works available.

If you think you might like to own this bowl or another art work and help the victims of recent flooding in the NSW North Coast town of Murwillumbah then please Like the Facebook page and join in the bidding next weekend. Saturday 22 April 2017.

Here is the link to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtAuctiontoAssistMurwillumbahFloodAppeal/?fref=nf

So I'm hoping to see the back of my bowl after the auction (a little joke there)

The postage within Australia is free.

Please support this wonderful event.  One of the organisers grew up in the area but now lives in Qld and I have a link to the area too as one of my aunts lived near there for many years and I have a pottery Facebook friend in the area too.

08 April 2017

#SaturdayShelfie - 8 April

Over on the Facebook group, Anna's Aussie Ceramics, we have a thing going where members post a pic of something of their own work - this is my contribution today.

The bowl is wheel thrown using Porcelain Paperclay then altered while still on the wheel.  The decoration is on leather hard clay before the bisque firing.  A clear glaze and then fired to Cone 10 or around 1280 degrees Celsius.

Enjoy your Saturday wherever you are today.

04 April 2017

Retail selection

From time to time I have some pots available at a small home design boutique in a nearby suburb.

I called by today with some new pots and was pleased to find I had had a sale.

These pourers and the vase  are now available at Fred & Co if you know someone looking for a gift.

Wheel thrown stoneware - blue hyacinth glaze
Wheel thrown and altered porcelain with clear glaze.

27 March 2017

Successful Bisque - now to glaze

I have discovered a very useful product - ceramic paper.  It is a very thin (1mm) form of ceramic fibre.  I am going to use it to cover my kiln shelves when I fire all the tiny pieces for my mini installation.  Most suppliers have it.  I bought mine from Blackwattle Pottery Supplies and they rate theirs to 1400C but Keane Ceramics have one rated to 1260C. Here is a link to their illustration of the product: Here

Naturally take precautions when handling it.. I put on gloves and a mask when cutting it to size for my shelves.

I used it even though I do have kiln wash on my shelves to protect them... its just that what I am firing will stain the shelves and with so many to fire it is worth the cost of the ceramic paper to give that extra protection.

 These heart shapes dishes have now been decorated and are in the glaze firing I turned on this morning.  Fingers crossed.

The shop that stocks my pots, Fred and Co has a theme of black and white but on occasion will stock some blue so I'm hoping the owner likes these little pouring jars.

the wet weather has fined up at last though the state of Queensland could be in for a cyclone this week.  Sometimes the cyclone becomes a rain event and travels down south to us.. I hope it relieves some of the drought areas up north and gives us a miss.

The bricks outside my studio are growing moss. It usually only grows at the end of winter but again with all the rain the moss is sprouting.

Our palm trees have loved the rain and are flowering ...

I'll let you know next week how the bowls fire. Fingers crossed.

18 March 2017

Mostly under wraps

Those who follow this blog will know that I am working towards an exhibition later this year.
I don't like to show special works as they are being made as until they are safely through that last firing and delivered to the venue, Anything Could Happen...

So most of my work lately is under wraps and slowly drying...

I can show you these - Little pigs being cut and hollowed to lighten them and then to later add to a sculpture

A small vase.... later decorated with blue tissue print design...

and some flowers.. my native Australian Violets are going mad with flowers in the rain we have been getting... we are having a very wet start to autumn this year.. 
thanks for dropping by - have a great week wherever you are..

11 March 2017

Stilts and rollers

Recently I was given some stilts... these are used by potters to support ware inside the kiln, usually for earthenware glazed pots...

Now I don't usually fire to earthenware temperatures so when I was thinking about how to fire some pieces for my exhibition I wondered if these would fire to a higher temperature...
I posted on the Facebook group, "Help for Australian Potters - Tips and Advice" 
the responses are quite helpful but varied so as with most things in pottery I will be doing a test with them first...

The next part of my exhibition work will be built with slabs and I don't have a slab roller nor the room to store one so I'll be using the old method of a rolling pin and wooden guides...

To roll out wider slabs I need a long rolling pin...

Sometimes they turn up in Op Shops but you have to be there at the right time...

so when I was passing by a local commercial cookery supplier yesterday I took a look and found just what I needed!

This one is about 40cm long and only cost $19... I am all set now!

Thanks for dropping by... I also have an Instagram account : @potterybyanna and a Facebook page:
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See ya !  :)

05 March 2017

some progress, autumn arrives and an exhibition

 I live near Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery and popped in recently to view "Art Express" which is a presentation of the Major Art Works undertaken by High School students across the state in their final year exams. 
I was delighted to see so many examples of pottery/ceramics being chosen as the medium they wanted to use.  
Some was slip cast but one student had been inspired by Gwen Hanson-Piggott who was the first Australian potter to show her work overseas as an Art Installation... (Tate St Ives 2004). More about her HERE

Discarded Beauty by Ellie Hawthorne

Mungo Howard - Still Life with Teapots

It would be great if these young people keep up their skills in clay.

It has been nice not to worry about my clay drying too quickly with the onset of some autumn rain...

tree fern fronds

a foggy morning

my exhibition work is progressing... I've completed two more sculptures but of course they have to make it through the firings yet...
here are some teasers

to be saggar fired


Thanks for dropping by...

18 February 2017

the conflict of relaxation, travel and preparing for an exhibition

I have been away for nearly two weeks and had a lovely time catching up with family and pottery friends...

You would think that would be a lovely relaxing time and while it was... there was also this underlying feeling that I should be 'DOING' work for my exhibition.

Tomorrow will certainly see me getting back to work on some of my exhibition pieces... yay!!

Our holiday was something of a road trip... not really the best idea in the searing summer temperatures of 40 degrees celsius at times.

We made frequent stops to have a drink and stretch our legs...  below was a roadside stop for travellers in a small town in Northern NSW... it was good to see the river running so high at this time of year.

Photobombed by a Straw Necked Ibis..
 Once we arrived at our destination near the beach we found the water was very choppy and not very enticing for a poor swimmer such as me... I did make use of the pool at the holiday apartment.

choppy seas

an evening walk and the underside of a Pandanus tree

a market trip and a chat with a very new ceramic artist, Oskar & Koko Ceramics... so new she doesn't have an online site yet but keep a look out at the markets on the Sunshine Coast for her lovely pinch pots.
Annalisa of Oskar & Koko Ceramics at the Caloundra Markets

Pinch pot and trinket and good packaging too

My husband is not a potter but very patient and happy to take me to see my pottery friends. We took a drive further north to meet up with the talented clay artist, Ellen Appleby... have a look at her website here: https://ellensappleby.com.au/

Ellen kindly gave me this book of which she had found she had an extra copy.  Margaret Preston was an artist of the 1940s who was one of the first to use the local flora in her designs.  She also dabbled in pottery.  She is mostly known for her printmaking which were mostly wood cut prints. The book is by Deborah Edwards and Rose Peel.(2005, Art Gallery of NSW).

Thank you Ellen, I shall enjoy renewing my knowledge about this artist.

While all this is happening and is very enjoyable, at the back of my mind I am thinking about that load of bisque ware that is waiting at home... it needs more work before I can fire it again...  I need to start the next edition....

Still, more happy encounters on the way home...
We called in to see Marian of the blog: A Love Affair With Clay
if you follow Marian you will know her studio is part of an amazing barn in the country... we met through a mutual friend of the blogging world a few years ago, Adriana Christenson.  This time we did a swap and I came home with one of Marian's super spoons... look at that glaze!

From there we headed back to the coast to the holiday town of Ballina which is on the Richmond River near the sea.

While sitting on the balcony we saw a turtle feeding on the tiny fish that appear to thrive in the area... no photo of the turtle but a nice view...

Richmond River, Ballina NSW
We stayed for two nights so that we could catch up with some more pottery/clay maker folk..

Amanda Bromfield kindly hosted lunch and invited two others along, Debby Gower and Gregory Furney who I have known online but never met in person before.  
Amanda does some amazing exhibitions including an installation 'happening' concerning Domestic Violence which was called 'Gone Girl'.  There is even a video of the event which can be found on YouTube or check out her website

Debby travelled to France as part of her exhibition to do with the ANZAC centenary commemorations last year.  Her website here: https://deborahgowerceramics.com/

Gregory and his wife have an amazing home where they host workshops of all kinds including mosaics and he also has his own studio there...

Amanda and I did a swap and I came home with one of her "Gone Girl" installation yellow dresses... I think this will go to my studio as inspiration ..

"Gone Girl" installation piece. Amanda Bromfield (2016)
We visited the nearby Lake Ainsworth that afternoon.. Since then the lake has been used by bush fire fighting helicopters to contain a bush fire to the north of the lake... that is summer in Australia...

then it was back on the road for the long drive home... punctuated by a stop off for refreshments and oh look, a second hand bookshop and pottery books... 50% off the marked price... not sure how good they will be but couldn't resist..

more driving and another overnight stop
one of the older bridges along the way

then home...

and back to reality, a nice surprise in the garden...Studio here I come!