Thursday, 19 December 2013

too darn hot...

well it's too darn hot out there today, summer has finally hit at a whopping 43degreesC
my marketeering is done again for another year and what an epic week it was!
off to seppeltsfield wednesday night and only saved by the last 20mins of shopping, otherwise it would have been a total bummer…
saturday was the wheaty christmas sale and awesome as per usual with a fantastic catchup with friends, it's the annual meetup event for some of us and as always the wheat at thebby are fantastic hosts!!

and not long ago mr sunshines just up the road had their very 1st crafty event, bring on the noise. lovely day and great burgers too!

then sunday the stirling chrissy market, it was good and steady all day long and topped off with a lovely catchup with rose and ali +Milan Rouge Contemporary Craft and Design a drop of bubbly and some chrissy cheer :)


and yes I'm still firing, I have another couple of loads to get through and a delivery to


new mugs this year

summer colours
lil birdie stocks are in deficit…
but soon to be replenished that is when i get a new screen made! just destroyed my last one this week…oops

so let the christmas shopping commence, urrgh I'm not the world's best shopper but will manage to get out there tomorrow perhaps.

anyhoo chrissy is at home this year, I think I just had a great holiday and no need for tripping off apart from nights at the beach.
george st studios

mr sunshines market
so happy holiday season to you all, stay safe on the roads and have a great chrissy and new years… see you on the other side of 2013…2014 I like the sound of it already :)
anna workin it


bunny

new mugs

put a bird on it

cleaning the stamps

phil hart


mid fire red clay



mid fire red clay hot choc mugs

the wheat sale
shino

retro

my last monster shino mug

tile

lil birdie will appear

Friday, 6 December 2013

at the pointy end - gas fired earthenware...


The OSCAS were on last winter and I took the opportunity to do some demos, handles on cups, some slipware action with tiny kiddie hands assisting and some raku firing.
It was a great event that stirred up quite some enthusiasm australia wide and created a great sense of community too.

Well it has come to the pointy end and my quest to fill my gas kiln with earthenware
pots has happenend!
Yep all those cups, bowls, plates and jugs are in bar 2 pieces, I just have to have something left over!!




Way, way back in August, yes I have loads of projects on the go and the is part time for me but 3 months to fill the kiln…hmmm

I wanted to just flashback to the lino printing workshop at Gallery 1855 this year too…
I'm just framing up some works for sale and hope to continue this printing lark…it's fun! And stepping back into some of the media that captured my enthusiasm in early college days has been so fulfilling… It's still about the abstract, the textures, the lines and detail as is my ceramic work but just another avenue of expression.

This is light up this morning of my fibre kiln, there are 2 stacks front and back jam packed with marble ware and a few other pieces, the top jug is handless so thats my piece from this load. It should make a nice gravy jug.



And some tech info both pilots are on low for the first hour and a half warming up the kiln to at lead 350C before turning up the pilots. They then are inched up until they are on full checking every hour. I will stay on the pilots for quite a while as when I switch on the venturis, the atmosphere will jump and I don't really want black clay just toasty. I'm aiming for 1130-1140 degrees the Bennetts earthenware body will take that nicely and only bloats another 20-30 degrees C over that.
I had some very toasty pots last firing of this type in the big club kiln but my kiln is a bit more manageable size and firing wise, so we will know soon enough!


Anyhoo this is the last link to the Mud Colony Blog
check out what the crew are up to and leave a final message for Adriana she's been managing the blog single handed and is moving the group over to FB so see you over there too!