fishing

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a new handmade brush has enlivened my drawing /painting on porcelain…the ceramic surface often is very dry and sucks the moisture out a brush very quickly, preventing flowing lines but this brush is great..thankyou @troybungart for your passion for making these brushes!! (available at the TACA office..the australian ceramics association…) this is a detail of a jar approx. 11x20cm…firing today.

clouds

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driving down to victoria last weekend the countryside was looking so good. and clouds were amazing but coming home reminds me of the energy and movement of coastal skies that I love so much…more canvas please!!!

ready for action !!

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so nice to be able to see work in situ and in action!…delivered plates this morning to #momofukuseibo to add to their existing pile. glazed in variations of my copper glaze and overdipped with my turquoise…I am enjoying the variations and suggestions of landscape created. also amazing to have this sensibility at the moment toward handmade ceramics and seeing it in an everyday context, as it was in the past.

a bit fishy

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every now and then fish scoot across my linen with fabric dye, indigo and wax…..but  also every now and then they  can’t resist jumping onto a platter as well…I have to keep on my toes because they can’t suddenly do it at the glazing stage, they have to sneek on at the leather hard stage to be able to glide under the final glaze layer for the last firing.was quite partial to this platter that came out of the kiln last week.

stockpiling

img_3927studio dynamics involve work procedures, firings,deadlines,events and venues…all needing to be juggled. sometimes a bit hectic, sometimes a lull but work continues!! during the ‘normal’ studio output this year,  bowls, plates and little dishes have been stacking up ready to fill an order for a restaurant in sydney. its fun playing with stacks of bowls and the variables in their glazing. also a continuing search into greens in glazes.

too much solar

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afternoon sun in the studio at the height of summer is impossible to work in so finally this year I put up a rod and brackets to fling some fabric over …some leftover bits with ties so they can be moved to suit. yesterday afternoon I looked up and the shadows on the ceiling were beautiful…the light bouncing off the small dam down below the studio. back to work!!  The kiln is humming along nicely, a glost firing started at 3.30 this morning in the hope it will mature before the day is too hot? fingers crossed !!

swim little fishy

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have enjoyed painting on linen over the last 2 weeks, nice to fiddle with in that incredible hot weather. some fish swam away at the markets last weekend…and some more today heading to a new home further afield. Batik technique , indigo dye, fabric printing ink are used in various combinations oh, and also a bit of screen printing…..now back to some serious throwing of plates and bowls!!