Louise and I had such a fantastic day at the Made on the Left Market yesterday. We got a fantastic spot, it was super busy all day and we came home with considerably less items that we took! Here are some shots of our market stall:
Ampersand is going to be at the next Made on the Left market on July 27 at the new State Theatre in Northbridge. We are very excited. Come along and see our lovely wares and buy yourself a gift to make these winter days seem a little sweeter.
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HABITAT HOME HAUNT
This is the theme of the exhibition proposal that super industrious Nat Acton has put together for consideration for 2015 that will include myself, Nat and two other very crafty and talented ladies. I have been taking photos along my morning and afternoon Bruce walks and then using eyedropper tool in photoshop elements to select colours out of the photos. I am hoping to try to make glazes in these colours so that my pots are a reflection of the local coastal colour palette. For the exhibition I will take a range of photos in the Freo area since that is where we are hoping the hold the exhibition.
Glaze test results to follow next week.
Over the weekend I really gave my studio a good tidy out and got onto google and immersed myself in the work of a whole load of lovely successful potters. I am feeling really inspired to start experimenting with a new style and really focus on function and form. I have been feeling reluctant to continue with my print on clay style and my thoughts have been on simpler finishing that really relies on the form being the most important aspect. Simple softly stained clear over a range of different pottery bodies. More rustic and pared back. I printed out some photos of my pots and some beautiful work of potters who I admire and stuck them up around my studio to inspire me. it is the long weekend this weekend and hopefully I will get a few good blocks of time in there trying out new shapes.
Since moving house and studio earlier this year I have not felt very connected to the new studio space after my last one that was light and bright. I posted these snaps on instagram and had a few friends mention how jelous they were that I have a studio at home. Goodness me, what a reality check! I really am so lucky and should not have felt so ungrateful about the new space. As you can see from the photos, it really is a functional space with everything that a hobby pottery needs.
The weather has turned wintery which means much slower drying time on my pots. In a way this is good because my pots don’t dry out during the week when I am too busy with school to get into the studio. On the other hand, it means that I might not have a kiln full of dry pots by Sunday which is when I was hoping to set off the bisque fire to get my Mood Indigo pots finished in time for the exhibition. But lying here snuggled up in bed listening to the howling wind and the tumbling surf is really very lovely so no complaints about winter here. Thankfully I have a fast kiln a week and a half to get it all done. Happy weekend!
Some throwing for the next exhibition at PSP. I have not had much time to get into the studio recently but after baking a crusty loaf of bread and making a pot of tea I installed a new light, had a bit of a tidy and threw a bag of clay. I have a new shape in mind for one of the up and coming markets.
I have recently been very inspired by an artist called Lisa Naples who creates illustrated pots in earthenware. She fires slightly higher than what I thought was possible and this makes her pots much more durable and suited to a hard working kitchen.
My first firing went well, but either I had air bubbles in the rims or the pots were too wet from being glazed and plonked in the kiln, and they cracked. Hopefully my second batch will have better luck. I will try some rimless ones as well. I prefer the look of the thick rim but it is time consuming and not very even. I think I could get a more uniform look if I take to the rims with a sur-form. Since it is nearly holidays I might try throwing with the terracotta as well.
Now that we are in our grown up house and soon to have a brand new grown up kitchen installed, I am finally fulfilling a 5 year desire of throwing a complete dinner set. I started a few weeks ago as a bit of a demo for my pottery students and today I opened the kiln to 6 dinner bowls and 2 salad/serving bowls.