Damp weather is slowing drying of thrown planters…from a rich Terra cotta when wet to a light rose colour when really dry….am warming the studio to dry off last pots ready for a bisque
swapping from the blue of cobalt oxide to the dyeing blue of indigo… beautiful still sunny morning for it!
when the fabric comes from the vat first it is bright green, the oxidising process and solar energy/sunshine turn it slowly blue…. a variety of blues come from fabric, age of vat and the length of time left in….all as addictive as firing a kin !!
within the space of a week to have both of my kilns out of action, and lots of work to be fired, I was giving my blood pressure a workout!! the electric kiln wouldn’t turn on and the control box said ‘Error’ …. but this morning I repacked the glost and we’re back in business. Woodrow kiln’s hunch was the thermocouple…a credit card and Aus Post enabled us to connect it this morning! The Gas kiln it turned out also had thermocouple issues (via old age) and an hour later I paid the young electrician on his phone and continued working in the studio !!
cotoneaster…. love this bush and it’s Easter berries…seasons in the garden !!
in the Sa Telmo Museo in the old town in San Sebastián is a great history of basque artisans and way of life… especially the spinning,weaving and dyeing of linen… just loved the pattern making in this piece.
by Eduardo Chillida…. he dreamt of this work (3 pieces) for over 20 years before it was made and installed. He wanted the wind to ‘comb’ through his pieces of iron and stone as it entered the city of San Sebastián… huge pieces of solid core 10 steel.
Paleo diet is something happening at the moment so why not some paleo art?visited the caves at Museo de Altamira in Cantabria, northern Spain this morning….just so amazing to see. Because of degradation of natural surfaces in archaeological sites most cave sites in Europe have been closed to visitors,however Spain has come up with a great solution. A whole museum complex has been built to house an exact replica of the original caves, and objects found in them. digital and engineering skills have enabled an amazing rendition of these beautiful drawings.
beautiful big (approx55cm dia) dish hanging on the wall at the hotel in Mérida…heading north to the Asturias region…
mesquite-cathedral de Córdoba …patina of cultures,religions,customs,textures and iconography …wonderful, living, changing buildings … Islamic and Christian