Friday, 23 August 2013

it's the OSCAS wkd...

You just never know how an event will unfold...




This one The Australian Ceramics Association country wide open studio wkd had buzz from the beginning... we all pretty much stayed in touch via facebook and phone across the wkd to see who was out and about and what treasures were out there in everyone's studio :)

I had decided to focus on process for the wkd so peeps got a glimpse of how things are made and encouraging some kiddy involvement it really turned out to be fun! So in between dodging torrential downpours and freezing weather I had a decent number of peeps come through and really engage in work and process, so it doesn't get better than that!










Monday came and went, the studio is reasonablshape and raku kiln put away but my display is still set up that will be packed down tomorrow morning ready for the market on Sunday...
I diligently filled out the survey TACA sent out. And it gave me a good perspective on how things went because i could just focus on the crappy weather, so here's to next year! I may team up with a couple of peeps just to help each other out really and hopefully it's bigger and better!



















I've just filled out an application for a Blues Festival Market in the Barossa in November which sounds interesting, if nothing else the music should be good!! On another note I just saw the first fly in my studio today that must be an indicator that the rain will stop and warmer things are heading our way :P


  
















There's more cups to trim and more marbling to be done but it will have to wait as tomorrow I'm going to a Print Workshop at Gallery 1855 it lasts for about 6 weeks I think so I'm expecting to learn a lot and produce some work too. Sunday's forecast is looking ok and I hope a bit of sun as that always brings teams of peeps out early, I have fresh lemons to take with me, new raku pots and some of Mum's fingerless gloves too and a few beanies to keep those ears warm for the rest of the season...



I popped up to Milan Rouge Contemporary Craft & Design last week too, took a very spicy tasty soup up for lunch with ma chickies and took a bunch of photos from the SALA show...

We've also been up to the Park taking more photos of work in the landscape.
The wkd before last was lovely up there a tad slippery but lovely for a Sunday hike..



Anyhoo the raku came out a treat this is Emerald Shiny, a lovely deep glaze that lustres and reduces lovely in sawdust...

Well that's it, still loads going on... still trying to master the Tagines as the lids are not shrinking at the same rate as the bases, I just bisqued 3 more they are 10mm larger that the bases, I feel the hammer coming out! might be a good idea to stay away from the studio for a couple of days!

Head on over to the MUDCOLONY and see what else is brewing this week :)


10 comments:

  1. Good luck with the Tagines that's going to be a tough one to solve. Of course the heartbreak is the one in the picture is beautiful

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  2. Hey Dennis, I'll just need some time to refocus...I haven't got the hammer out yet!!

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  3. I love those coffee mugs.
    And, the tiles are fabulous.
    How did you fix them to the boards?

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    1. Hey m...love making these cups. its a challenge trying to fill the gas kiln in two weeks might just have to take three! Thanks I'm so happy with idea two for the tiles they are glued on with liquid nails its a very smelly glue product that's a stick to everything...

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  4. hey Angela - love your marbling...
    I had trouble with my teapot lids this year... still not sure if I was measuring in the wrong place or throwing the lids thinner than the bases :( got there in the end with a little trimming - good luck with your tagine lids.

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    1. hey Anna, thanks yes it is a long drawn out process and the lids really are peeving me right now,! And just finding the time to focus in the studio is my current challenge.. :)

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  5. That marbling looks like fun. Do you use something to move the slip around or is it wet enough to slosh about as you move the cup? What a pity about the tagines. Don't break them! Can you make some larger/smaller bases to match the wonky lids in the meanwhile?
    Yay flies, bring em on!!

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    1. hey Georgia, the marbling is very satisfying but a narrow window to get it right. if you have the slip at the right consistency it will flow with a few flicks of the wrist. The Tagines are quite the process but I always find this with commissions, you need to consider te challenge everytime. I will keep the lids and bases worth keeping for my own stock but the 'real pieces' all need to be te same fit and interchangeable..

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  6. I've had similar issues with casseroles. I've even tried to keep bases and lids in hopes that they will fit on another that has issues. No luck, it seems they are all off by a small amount or they don't work well together visually. Don't give up, it'll be worth it in the end.

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    1. Hey Lori, thanks for that yes I'm just waiting on some template tools that are being designed and cut for me then I'll be back to it!

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