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Earth Elements Series

Its been a while since I last posted, though I have been still working everyday in my studio.

Here are a couple of pictures of my latest work.

Platters and matching serving bowls.

I will be uploading this range in the next few weeks.

Platter and serving bowls
Platter and serving bowls

Earth Element Series Earth elements Series

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Pottery Studio Plan

Inside my pottery studio

Ever wondered how to set up your pottery studio, well it’s all about work flow and space capacity.

I moved into the new section of my studio about three months ago and my space is ever changing, depending on what is happening e.g. glazing, throwing etc. Though don’t get me wrong thinking that I am constantly moving equipment around, I’m not. I have specific areas to do specific jobs.

My studio plan works according to the space 5m x 12m + back verandah connected to the kiln room.

At the front door I have a display area consisting of white shelving, natural wood wall divider, a focus table to display the latest work, a bookshelf and seating area. On the LHS is the office space, pottery wheels at the front to keep an eye out for visitors, then clay preparation, decoration table, tools cabinet with the slab roller in the middle back wall. Back door leading to clay development or wet area and kiln room.

Leading in from the back door is the cleaning equipment and pug mill storage, then coffee/kitchen/water area. I have industrial shelving with varying shelf heights to store my work, an old fridge used as a damp cupboard. Photographic area which backs onto the room divider near the front of the workshop.

I’m lucky enough to still have the old section which is about 4m x 12m and it has a clay storage, glaze ingredients, glaze development and grinding areas.

The work flow is clay in the front door, through the development processes which is goes around the room and back out to the front door display area. I use a wooden board system, so I can move about 8-12 items at a time to save time!

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Pottery Vase Noosa Shire: Iconic Queensland: Flying Arts Regional Art Awards

Iconic Queensland

Queensland is rich with iconic structures, people, locations, events and lifestyles that shape the States identity.
Artists are invited to consider the unique and iconic elements within their own regions, to produce works that reflect our diverse Queensland communities.

Vote Now: Peoples Choice – Queensland Regional Art Awards 2017

Voting is being held until:   11 September 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Here is my entry: https://flyingarts.org.au/whats-on/peoples-choice-2017/#jp-carousel-14358

Vote here: https://flyingarts.org.au/whats-on/peoples-choice-2017/

My Artist Statement:

Kurui: Pottery Vase Noosa Shire

Noosa Shire is a natural expression of an environmental milieu, leisure sovereignty with a spiritual disposition. My hometown is Cooroy and it takes its name from the nearby mountain “kurui” from the Gubbi Gubbi Indigenous word meaning possum. It is from here a 360 degree view can be seen, from the mountains ranges to the sea with its white sandy foreshores.

My selection of clay is white and gritty like the sand of these foreshores where the population is at its densest, they gather to bathe in the lightest to the darkest blue sea. Tropical vegetation meets the foreshore and reaches to the mountains, it smells fresh, reinvigorates and cleanses the soul.

The vase style encapsulates this essence of wholeness and deep within, sturdy and reliable, a fusion of the earth, air, water and fire, at a point in time forever.

Kurui

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Book Club Gifts

A little surprise Christmas gift for my book club mates.
The mugs are made out of Clayworks JB1, Carl McConnell tin glaze inside, cobalt ash glaze on the outside and gas fired to 1280°.
There are eight in total and here is four of them.

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Photography Competition

Entered the Australian Ceramics, Ceramic Shots: The Raw Materials of Making Competition, closing on the 3 October.

http://www.australianceramics.com/2016/08/18/the-raw-materials-of-making-ceramic-shots-photo-competition

This photo was taken of the clay pit at Kennedy’s property in Cooroy.
My two pots in the foreground are made from this clay, wheel thrown, altered and carved, with a copper raw glaze.
The largest size is 25 cm x 25 cm.
They were wood fired in Rowley Drysdale anagama kiln at Quixotica with the All Women’s Wood Firing Group on 23 August.

Wish me luck.

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Butter Bells

Butter Bells

I had a request to make a couple of Butter Bells and I have never attempted these before, not too bad for a first attempt.

The idea is for cool climates, so you can keep your butter on the table and it stays soft.

The method is to place salty water in the base and change it regularly to keep the butter fresh.
Add the butter to the V section of lid and when inverted, it sits just above the inside base.
When you take the lid off, the handle sits on the table with the V pointing up for easy access to the butter.

Buter Bell 1 inside view

Butter Bell
Butter Bell

Butter Bell 2 Tenmoku