Tuesday, 26 August 2014

journal update...

a raku firing video to get yu started

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I feel like I'm always playing catchup these days and in an attempt to journal update here's last weeks efforts. I'd been madly making raku bottles for last wkd's open studio and only managed to fire a few of them as it was difficult to get a firing rhythm happening with visitors etc, the kiln would cool down and it would take an hour to get it back up to temperature so not many raku firings occurred but we did manage to get a few Obvaras through with some lovely results. I found after a bit of experimenting with time some gorgeous results from a truly smelly concoction.

firing last week in my rocket raku kiln...my usual turquoise glaze coming out not so…but some lovely reds again

our tree audience for the day and cranky skies…

obligatory fire and studio buds for the day...

and then last wkd stirling market sunday another fine winters day with lots of peeps out enjoying the sun and I took my heated jacket out for a market test run….soooo nice you wouldn't believe what a difference it makes, I found the company online and they just happen to be in Adelaide what lovely service the guy even brought out samples for me to try on. So if you're interested look up all purpose heated clothing

anyhoo it's off to the studio for me and do some warm up throwing pots, it's been a while since I've made some nice bowl shapes so check in later on the dreaded facebook and instagram or twitter

Monday, 18 August 2014

Open Studio Day #2/duo...

Sunday & Saturday & Friday, well frankly that was tiring but had some lovely chats with some lovely peeps thanks for dropping by and for some having a play with fire. Coffee and scones went down a treat and even some spicy, well not too spicy lentil soup for my friends!!

It was quieter than last year but that may have been the location, on the edge of the sticks and frankly sat navs are a bit useless peeps always end up with the horses! Anyhoo had a great time with my studio bud, we Obvared and rakued and demoed all wkd and with some lovely and not so nice wild life next door in the trees. A koala watched our proceedings yesterday and was sniffing the Obvara I reckon… the crappy magpies were swooping all arvo but he carried on his merry way across the carpark and up some more bluegums for a feed…

enjoy the vids

Friday, 8 August 2014

open studio...

16 & 17 August at Tea Tree Studio

Anna Couper & Angela Walford
at Tea Tree Studio  30 Crouch Road,  Golden Grove SA

This year Anna and Angela are combining their open studio as part of The Australian Ceramics Association Showcase.

Nestled in the foothills at Golden Grove this delightful location has it all.
We will be working away on the pottery wheel, hand forming some intricate organic forms and firing these works across the weekend in a raku kiln.

Make sure you stay in touch on Instagram Angela Walford angdesign.com.au
and facebook Ang Walford Ceramics,
twitter @angwalford  And facebook Anna Couper for updates across the wkd to see what we are up to and when the firing events will be where you can witness the pots straight out of the fire!
Tea Tree Studio is off Golden Grove Road, 30 Crouch Road Golden Grove in the green sheds next to the church. No doubt the coffee pot will be on hand and probably some scones baking too. 

Come on out and see us Saturday 10am - 4pm 
and Sunday 11am - 3pm.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

the big clay day out...

A Big shout out to my friend Darren Williams Photography for these! 
some moving stills from the day…

We had an amazing crew, kitchen, studio and firers they were all just brilliant and made for a great environment. I still cannot believe the response we had for the event, so big shout out to all who came and made it such an enjoyable day. It was a pre 9am til well past midnight thing for some of us.

There was a lot of permissions to get for the day and the council were very helpful in making sure all of those safety needs were met. One big huge shout out to Kevin who without none of this would have happened. He is one committed and brilliant Safety Officer and all round mentor to loads of students. 
A Big Thank you to all!

 Oh and then there's the digging out the pots from the pit in the rain!!! seriously messy stuff!! again thankyou to kevin, sandy, irene and matt who between them cleaned up and washed everyones pots, well done guys...

Here's a wee vid, hope you enjoy…and hop on over to my youtube channel there's plenty there to watch...

Friday, 13 June 2014

honest moments...

These are the days… the ones where things come together, moments collide, software works and computers behave themselves!! grrrrr…. I received notification today that a work of mine was gifted and you may remember a little thing called the blogger show curated by Meredith of Whynot Pottery it was a show that brought so many of us ceramists/potters together in North Carolina USA.

The work that I was creating at the time was very much driven by a desire to see beyond the kitchen table. Although the works I make are so often beyond function I desired to create something that was so far from utilitarian that it repelled the notion of function and became a landscape in and of it's own right. Early settlers painted imagery of Australia are so steeped in our artistic cultural heritage but not made of clay. Any of you who know me are well aware of my stance on our medium of choice and it's perception in our contemporary culture.

I started to create a flat body of work, a series of wall tile palques that were accessible to contemporary culture and representative of the media, abstract in form and loose in creation. 2D and 3D by nature.

This imagery is well embedded in my psych and I feel compelled by my surrounding to continue it's exploration. Given the abundance of local clay and iron content this subject nature could keep me obsessed for a lifetime.

and head on over to the frogpond for this sundays splash...

The work… 'Hills Edge' … It is one of a series of tiles symbolising the natural landscape of our City's eastern region, the beautiful Adelaide foot hills. 

 A gift by the city of tea tree gully to Mirioko Chuo High School in Japan, it is a great honour that my work would be selected to gift to our (city of tea tree gully) sister city delegation on their visit last month… photography by Derek McClure Photography