Saturday, 2 January 2016

raku workshop video at G1855

So after a week of self imposed illness lockdown I feel like I'm in a time warp!!... feeling slightly more human today, I had the energy to put together this little number... raku workshop video

A slight nod to the latest #starwars who could resist the body text scroll!!? this is footage from the most recent workshop at gallery1855 in #teatreegully in a fabulous workshop program associated with the city of tea tree gully sponsored gallery programs. And again a fab shout out to Niki Vouis for her continued encouragement and my assistant Kevin Capaldi and his fab new design raku kiln 'the professor'... love it ;)

Stay in touch for future workshops, raku and others in handbuilding and wheel throwing and print on clay series in the barossa, south australia and at gallery 1855 in tea tree gully. We're doing both handbuilt and wheel thrown workshops plus experiential primitive firing techniques and printing your images/designs and text/quote/poetry making your own screens for printing on clay workshops.
So stay in touch v facebook and twitter and instagram for dates and more info email me or join my mailing list in the right column of this blog for info on new designs I'm working on and workshop series.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

how is it december already...

The steady flutter of activity in my studio has created a constant kiln firing cycle over the last little while and even time for a photo shoot last week. Lil birdie has now been prepped, polished and delivered around town. The next cycle will be spread a bit wider to the other stockists in town. The flat series will be a limited range in this design and as 'a prototype', no doubt some elements will stay for the next making cycle and others will just fall to the back shelves of my mind no doubt…

The Wheaty Ceramic and Glass sale was a melt out with 40degC in the stage area out back but the staff kept ice buckets flowing which was fabulous and the Tassie cider went down a treat after a long hot sale!

Next I'm heading back to the studio today to setup my new sale space, bring all the work back in and move everything around no doubt!  Anyhoo must dash, see you on instagram ;)

Monday, 30 November 2015

hills edge clay 2015 +

This month has seen the opening of Hills Edge Clay 2015 at Gallery 1855, it was a fab opening with some lovely peeps turning out for the opening. It's a massive catch up time for most of the clay artists turning out for the day.
This years show piece in the entry foyer by my friend James Edwards, who brought his piece complete with own plinth for the show and the entry space shows it off so well.
I share my favourite room with Alison Arnold, Phil Hart, Anna Couper and Hellen Fuller.

I'm settling into the new studio space at Jam Factory, Seppeltsfield better now and have been moving, moving and moving things around in the space, it will feel right eventually… got my new signs up this week and new walkway went up too. Christmas is looming and I have plenty of stock now with a couple more firings to complete. I have quite the variety of stock form all manner of earthy tablewares, to specialty items for great table displays this christmas. My printed wares are in the kiln right now and I can't wait to crack the kiln tomorrow to see how the new design looks…
Pictures soon as I'll be sending loads out via social media this week, let me know if you spot something you like as postage within australia is still very affordable…
If you are in Adelaide, do make the trip out to my studio. It's the barn on your left as you head into te carpark and enter through the Jam Factory Shop just down the walkway. Seppeltsfield is a lovely spot and you can dine fancy or do a bbq in the picnic area for the day. Even do a Barossa tour!!
I'm in my studio Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday but message me first so I can make time to chat…email or message me on facebook… The wifi has been down since the fires this week but hopefully that will be fixed soon and usually programming can commence...

Thursdays RAKU workshop was full and we were going to do another today but with the fire ban and heat it was cancelled til next year. We got stuck into it straight away as you know the raku firings can take a while to get started and we gave the professor his first run, love the new front door action. Build and design by Kevin Capaldi, so keen to get on the next one already.

The results were stunning, heavily reduced but really nicely glazed by most peeps who were novices to the process. I made bisqueware for them to glaze and had everything ready to go so it was a fun emersion process in to the essence of RAKU. We talked chemistry and process with lots of ooh's and ahh's as the first pots emerged from the reduction chamber.

 And back to the making of lil birdie, which I will have quite the array of for this saturday's WHEATY SALE, it's a ceramics and glass Extravaganza!
Love to see you there!! 

The Wheaty is 39 George St Thebarton, sale is Sat 5 December from 12pm - 3pm… Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring lots of friends!!! and buy handmade for this christmas...

Saturday, 7 November 2015

THE big clay day out 2015

So here's this years lil vid, an epic day, with loads of contributors, so thank you all!! and see you next time, location tba :)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

seppeltsfield studio and the big clay day out...

This is a slow day post a very busy long wkd in Adelaide…

I'm getting into a groove with my new space and starting to get a work flow happening, it is quite the challenge and very different to market headspace. But all good and meeting some fab peeps over for a holiday plus quite a few locals, which is nice! Recycling is still a challenge and my sludge bucket is filling up which means it will be getting stinky soon, I would say as the temperature warms up in the studio!

The Stephen Bowers show in the Jam Factory Gallery is in it's last days which means change over next week and I'm looking forward to seeing the Janet DeBoos show that is next. The opening is in a couple of weeks time and no doubt will be a bit of a feature here.

ang walford ceramics 

bat clay
lil birdie beakers

lil birdie serving dishes
The Big Clay Day Out 2015
A bunch of new lil birdie beakers and bowls will be ready soon and I've added a couple of serving size pieces back into the range. These pieces rapidly dried over sunday night and were ready for a quick trim yesterday...
The Big Clay Day Out 2015 - Kevin
The Big Clay Day Out 2015 was held at Flaxley this year, the Adelaide Hills Ceramic crew did a fabbo job this year complete with cup cakes for the intollerant guests :P just loved that sign…. Kevin got stuck in full gusto digging the pit and getting all sorts of preparations underway for the big day which was also very well supported by Mt Barker Council. Thanks guys for the fencing, the Loo and the Gazebos it all made for an excellent setup. I have dreams of making this annual event something way more extensive and having been part of 2 now am seeing where this day - event can go towards in the future.
The Big Clay Day Out 2015 - Kevin

the intolerant guests

The Big Clay Day Out 2015 - Annas glazes
Karen had the raku area all cranking and connie got stuck into the little raku rocket bins, they are a treat to fire! I see Anna had some of her fab glazes on the go again and the results are quite something. All the media is waiting for a few quiet hours so I can edit and put something special together, can't wait!!
The Big Clay Day Out 2015 - Karen

The Big Clay Day Out 2015 - Connie