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

18 July 2017

Busy weekend coming up

This Sunday I will be with others from the Port Hacking Potters Group at the Collectors market at Gymea.

Collectors of Australian Pottery will be arriving from all over the state to buy and sell. 

Many have a particular period or pottery that they collect but we are hoping to inspire them to buy from current makers like us.

Do call by if you are in the area... It runs from 9am to 2pm.. 

15 July 2017

Good market and now to glaze

Last week was a good market day with quite a few pieces finding new homes... The pieces in the foreground of these images are mine with those of my friends in the background.

This afternoon I'll be back in the studio doing some glazing and hope to fire up the kiln tomorrow.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

05 July 2017

Hoping for good weather for next market

This coming Saturday I will be at the Ramsgate Farmers Market with friends from the Port Hacking Potters Group.

I'm hoping for nice weather as we have had some very cold mornings recently.

These are from my latest firing...

Keep warm folks..

29 June 2017

Sneak peek

If you are a potter the size of this little pig near the witness cones will show that they are quite small.

My kiln may be small but it does well getting to the high temperature of Cone 10.

This little pig represents the rare breed of Oxford Sandy Blacks... more will be revealed at my exhibition in August..

Hope you are having a good week...

25 June 2017

Fire and smoke

Any potter loves a bit of fire and smoke... not in an electric kiln though...

this week I had a sawdust firing of some pigs and other small pieces for my exhibition in August...

Here is a taste...

it worked quite well though some slipped sideways and I had to top up the fire at one stage with a bit more fuel...

I will show you more when the mini installation is on show...

Have a good week and thanks for stopping by...

21 June 2017

Swimming Penguin swims away

I am absolutely thrilled that my "Swimming Penguin" has been purchased by a collector of Australian Studio Pottery.
"Swimming Penguin"  now has a new home where he will be appreciated and be amongst other studio works.

He is quite small, being approximately 14cm long and about 7.5cm wide.

 I might make some more one day but not this week as there are pigs to be glazed...