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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 :)

Monday 5 August 2013


Well my chickies have done it again! What a lovely show they have curated @Milan Rouge Contemporary Craft & Design in Stirling SA. Since I didn't take a single shot!

I was too buzzed by the mulled wine and champaz I only took a sip and went cross eyed! So no more for me for a bit :P Darren has kindly given me permission to post his photos as he's very sneaky and grabbed some nice moments at the opening of Ozmosis for SALA yesterday.

 Here's a sneak peak of my work too, this I did have a moment to snap I'll get some new photos while they're on show this month. It is time I popped back up the the space and selected a few more pieces to show you.

And how about some kiln filling time! Its is extreme but when you're firing tiles you have to make something largish to fill the space and I did run out of usable kiln shelves... unfortunately second hand tool come with drawbacks and a lot of the shelves have glaze damage and the last available one I wasnt happy to put in and risk droppage of such glaze bits onto my work and yes on my list for buzzing off with angle grider! yes they are that bad..

And lil big birdie taking centre stage, this piece was a tester for my SALA work but ended up in the kiln with the work! And just checking out LGH clay body in oxidation and to my surprise its works really well... So clarity on the next clay order then... loads of LGH, its suits my tile work and shinos in high fire reduction.