Monday, 13 January 2014

stinkin hot...

It's a week of high 30's, 38, 38, 39, 39 and hopefully a change at the wkd

So with this in mind I have been considering going out to the studio after 7.30 in the evening just to get some work made and keeping it on the concrete floor, covering with copious amounts of plastic and trimming the next evening. It's a plan and i'll try it out tonight!

Well, happy new year! I certainly am hoping for a smoother run than last year, that was truly exhausting… I worked harder than ever in the studio just to keep my head above water financially, two of my best buds opened a cool new shop in Stirling, Milan Rouge, Adelaide Hills and helped immensely with that challenge. My regular photo/plan job got so quiet I have had weeks without work, bummer. Other things happened that really took a tole, unfortunately my plans are not always successful and then there's the factor of banks and the way things work these days. Needless to say I'm not impressed with the way some people do business. Anyhoo then there was that really cool adventure of my trip to Vietnam with big sis for an epic birthday tour! What a year…

What to do with 2014, well the organising has begun and studio clean up was relatively easy this year. The new system is working well, I have some extra storage in the kiln roof space and not that I need it right now but the studio heater is in with flue! My lil kiln baby is nearly loaded, after a good start and a couple of quick throwing sessions I'm doing a bunch of TMK porcelainous bowls for some shino and nearly ready to do some more Tagines. The clay is nearly all pugged for the first session anyway! 3 days of pugging and blisters on my hands but it's all looking good. After I get some template tools together I'm having one last go at getting the lids right and getting the commission done or letting it go… the issue is needing every lid to fit every base, not so easy! so the plan is to make all the clay the same by pugging and mixing up all the batches together, so the clay is all the same. Using templates to trim to and making the lids much smaller than the bases as they don't shrink at the same rate… fingers and everything crossed for this one!


Also this year I'm putting my hand in for President at Tea Tree Studio, we have quite a few plans already, Exhibitions to work on celebrating our 35th Year, hopefully an installation work for this!
We have a 'Big Clay Day Out' planned involving raku and pit firing…
Workshops and Talks, Open Day, and a Mexican Quiz night… that should all keep us quite busy!






I need another 2 Galleries I think to sell my work, on that already, along with another market throughout the year, also on it… and one more day a week job doing something I don't know what yet but searching for it and I should be set. It sounds like a lot but most of it just involves motivation and I know that will come!

So I'd better put some pics in, nothing like a bunch of visuals to feast on :)




Ah yes January wrecking month…. I got stuck into my kitchen and bashed out a useless wall, installed 2 new shelves! and vwalla! new kitchen still minus 2 doors but who cares….



And tiger boy keeping cool…

A good start to the new year pots made already...








And catchups with ol besties!… many years ago when Caffa first came to town we shared a flat, what crazy times that was and so glad to catch up every few years when the family is in town! 

10 comments:

  1. looks like you're burning it up down there! stay cool!

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    1. thanks MK air con all day and a dip in the pool, got it covered! until the pool heats up that is :P...

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  2. haha, January = wrecking month, YES! We had the coldest days in 20 years here this week at minus 11 f, which is hmm...-20 something c or whatever....anyway, for you, that is stinkin' HOT. Love your cat, love your work....

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    1. hey G good to see you down here! oh there's an energy that come with the new year and wrecking things is just it ! you know… tiger is going on for 18 this year, not sure if he'll make that birthday but he's still gorgeous!!! thanks :)

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  3. you are certainly getting stuck in - hope this is the last of the heat for this summer

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    1. oh anna, I'm trying… kinda ran out of motivation for the studio tonight but soon i'll try some night throwing!… this unfortunately is jet the beginning of the summers heat, we usually have a few heat waves and there's still FEB and MARCH to contend with… anyhoo :))

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  4. your hot and we are cold- crazy upside down world that we live in..... so many questions to selling pots these days. We need a few good orders to get us through the winter months.

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    1. indeed M, it's stinking hot this week got to 45C yesterday so way over forecast and a cracking thunderstorm to end the day! it's a mild 36C outside now, feels positively cool after yesterday… I know just keep working every angle, at least we have options. happy wintering my friend xx

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  5. LOVE the birdies! So fun to think we are at opposite seasons! Just returned from 30 degree BELOW zero in Barrow, Alaska! brrr. Now it's crazy warm winter weather now at 30 degrees above (F) weird huh?! Love seeing the peek-through blue sky behind your work too :)
    xo

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    1. cheers Cindy, another sunny day gorgeous 33C in between a 40+ week. I can't even contemplate 30 below, hope you're enjoying ya 'balmy' weather :) happy days...

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