Saturday, 12 April 2014

Ahhh the results...

Ahhh the results of a self imposed long wkd in the studio. Many 2.5 kg warm up bowls around 50 soup size bowl and 50 cups and mugs. Just allowing that amount of concentrated time with nothing else happening was brilliant and the results now are mostly bisqued with some still waiting for the next load which is tiles but before that I digress...

I recently acquired my new lil birdie screen so printing and firing has commenced with a batch about to be delivered to a new Gallery along with some shino wares on Monday, its a bit of a road trip but should be lovely…

and oops forgot their blue moon on the dishes so they are moonless!

Yes El Mexicano Quiz Night at Tea Tree Studio went off!! Loads of prep with catering etc and the chilli went down a treat with some lovely salsa by Anna and cup cakes to boot! it was a ton of fun and here's some of the winners….

So to the tiles they have been a while in the making and so wet I even lit the studio fire yesterday to warm the place up, so there you have it the mark making has progressed and just some more detailing and more drying to go.

and last sunday's opening at the gallery 1855 of "Shadows"
some lovely collage and print works by 3 artists

And of course the tiger himself, striding along into his 18yr with more visits to the vets of late and with a change of meds he has perked up a bit again and responding well. yes he has a nanna rug :) loves it…

and a shout out to Kim in Tassie Sunday Blog's up…head on over for a peruse around the pond

Thursday, 6 March 2014

the first of 2014...

The first of 2014 and may there be many more...
Saturday started early with the light up of the pilots well before brekky time, then on with the checking everything, the gas tanks, the pressure, the climb and as always the log.

I have come to rely on the past logs a lot as I aim for consistent colour and a heavy atmosphere. I headed down to the local garden centre for as the guy called it an 'armful of firewood' which in my firing focussed brain totally confused me. I know what he meant now but at the time ….huh?? Just think of a limb and fill it with wood you'll see where my brain went! snorts…. really i wasn't that tired, just in fully focussed mode. I know the day after firing is the tell tale sign of how well the firing went, am I exhausted? did I pay enough attention to every sign form the kiln during the firing?
And the result, well here's the pics, a lovely cone ten always shows up in the chun response. A touch of red from a soda test piece refire and some interesting cone 6 refire results in there too.

I did send a verbal sorry to the neighbours about the smoke,
I would normally be loading some wood later on in the day and the smoke is barely noticeable, so maybe the wood was very fresh? anyhoo I ended up opening the dampers to deter so much smoke. notes for next firing, start later and stoke later that way aiming for some more carbon in the work. There is a notable difference with this clay body too TMK is a porcelainous stoneware and the results are very smooth and silky, it looks like there is barely a touch of iron on that body so even though it is lovely to throw with I prefer a bit more iron in the body and will continue to use SWE and LGH for those results.

A peak in just as I cracked the kiln and a nice thing as big sis was there to open the kiln with me and grab the pots as I unloaded. Anyhoo off to market with some new pots, the new market in town Flinders Street Market is turning out to be quite a surprise and it can only get better, I'm there Sat Mar 29 and Stirling Market Sun Mar 23, hope to see you!

Friday, 21 February 2014

still unfired...

 Kiln baby was loaded over a week ago and still unfired…I need at least 10-12 hours to be here without interruptions, hmmm maybe it will happen next week as there are 2 shows I want to get to this wkd.

 Theres quite the stash of shino glazed bowls in this load which is great as I'm down to my last 3 for market.
There remains more kiln fillers in my store/holding cupboard.

Anyhoo we tried out the Flinders Street Market in town last sunday which turned out to be rather nice a little tweaking to get set up in a different skinny space but all good in the end. 
There was an empty space in between ours and the next stall so we got to spread out.

I say we Anna was sick so I womanned the stall solo but all good with loads of help from Georgia making sure everything was running ship shape!

Back to glazing and wads arama

It was so nice to get back to throwing but again there has been a massive break as the heatwave hit and weeks of just stinking hot stuff where everything dries out and puts as tall in clay processing.. anhoo rants over and back to normal programming! We'll be back to Flinders Street Market end of next month SAT 29 MAR do drop in :) and Stirling SUN 23 MAR