Sunday, November 8, 2009

One sunrise and some sculptures ...

I met my friend, Bron, at Bondi Beach
just before sunrise on Friday,
as I'd heard this was a good time
to see Sculpture by the Sea without the crowds.
Here are a few of my favourites...

Jenny Orchard, Plant People, ceramic, metal, glazes

Serena Horton, Sanctuary, porcelain, plaster

Alex Kosmas, Gilded Cage, gold leaf, stainless steel, brass and cast bronze

Angela Femia & Julie Card, Going Up, pvc pipe, elastic

Marguerite Derricourt, Rat Race, copper tubing, wire mesh

Paul Trefry, Little Boy Lost, silicon, fibreglass, human hair

Belinda Villani, Tribute to a Workhorse, woven rattan, steel

Jane Gillings, Dream Home, wood, discarded plastic

Greg Johns, Pattern 111, coreten steel

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Spring Fever is over... the event that is!
SF is a bi-annual event organised by the Suncoast Clayworkers, 15 - 19 October 2009.
created work before a group of mostly local clayworkers.
Great work, lots of sharing and some hands-on fun
filled four fantastic days.
View more of my images here
Vipoo reminded us of what was possible using the most basic tools - two hands, a butter knife and a wooden skewer.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Have you seen this interesting new work from Adelaide artist Simone-Clare Hede?

It's decorative, disturbing and definitely different!

Ceramic artist Simone-Clare Hede presents her first solo exhibition of hand-built works, Populuxe, consisting of ceramic vessels depicting consumers glued to the television screen in a zombie-like trance, wall-mounted vintage automobiles and colourful TV sets featuring grotesque versions of commercials common to the 1950s.

Populuxe opens on Wed 14 October at 6pm and closes on Fri 23 October at the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, cnr North Terrace and Morphett Street, Adelaide.

Shown here are some of Simone-Clare's brooches which she sells through her new website.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

... and a brooch I made earlier ... Cool Ice porcelain, Japanese tissue transfer, clear glaze and gold lustre; fired three times - 980ºC, 1220ºC and 760ºC, then paint-on rust as the final touch.

Lots of fun was had by 20 creative bods at my Precious Petite Porcelain workshop at Central TAFE, Perth, WA; working small has one definite benefit ... we used about 1/10th bag of clay between us!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Western Australia beckons...
I am off to the Ceramics Arts Association of WA Annual Exhibition to judge their annual prizes and then give a speech to open the show. Then, on Saturday, I am giving a workshop called "Petite Precious Porcelain", where we will focus on working small, make some "Cool Ice" porcelain jewellery and have some fun along the way. Hope to meet lots of the local potters, visit some studios and check out the landscapes of the south west!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wood-fired ceramics by Ben Richardson

Click on this link to view a wonderful short "visual poem", based upon the work of Australian potter, Ben Richardson. It was shot in southern Tasmania and accompanied the exhibition, 'Working Fire', at Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania.
Direction Glen Dunn and Ben Richardson
Camera and Editing Glen Dunn
Music and Sound Jethro Woodward
7.5 minutes
More on Ben's work can be viewed here:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

food + pots

Home-grown spinach in a bowl by Aleida Pullar
Candle holder by Vicki Grima; pourer by Maryke Henderson
Spinach spirali in a bowl by a Hornsby TAFE student

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ashley Fiona McHutchison, Footprint Series; Ceramic Revisions, Brenda May Gallery, July 2009
Ashley Fiona McHutchison works with me in the office of The Australian Ceramics Association (as Subscriptions Manager) and she makes a cute boot too! ... and she has started a blog

Monday, August 3, 2009

What a great week in Sydney at Australian Ceramics Triennale!

Takeshi Yasuda demonstrating in the sunshine

The ceramics world in Sydney is slowly returning to normal after a wonderful Australian Ceramics Triennale. With over 50 exhibitions, it's hard to choose favourites, but I have a few: BEAKER CULTURE at Flinders St Gallery (bought a lovely 2 beaker set there by Trisha Dean), TABLEWARES at Rex Irwin (too late to buy the piece of choice), TERRA ANIMA (Avital Sheffer) at Robin Gibson (no money left by then), NEW FRIENDS, ART AND ADVENTURE (Aeden Harris) at the Japan Foundation Gallery (one piece still to collect) and WHITE HEAT at Manly Art Gallery (a translucent pair of Avi Amesbury's will sit on my windowsill). Planet (tableware), Helen Stephens (Kenji Uranishi), Brenda May (Ceramics Revisions) and Animalia (Irianna Kanellopoloulou) at Global Gallery also featured work which I will stay with me  - such diversity and some admirable new work. 

I felt positive after the discussion on future directions of ceramics education, disappointed by the lack of meaningful talk on writing and stimulated by Kim Dickey's keynote address.

The historical National Art School and its sandstone buildings  provided a perfect backdrop for demos by local and international ceramic artists. 

Monday, June 29, 2009

Taken into the morning sunshine to record their translucence ...
... my pinch pot pourers are finished, ready to deliver to 
Object, 417 Bourke St, Surry Hills.
Pourers will be shown in the Collectors Cabinet 
from Sat 11 - Sun 26 July
Tues to Sun, 11am - 6pm

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

White Heat at Manly

After being the middle-person between the curator, Julie Bartholomew, the 25 artists and the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, I was thrilled to see the exhibition open on Friday 12 June. It looks great! The diversity of the work and how the tradition of ceramics has been used to tell stories, make commentary on social, political and cultural issues, pushing all the boundaries,  is inspiring. 
Well worth a visit - the location is fantastic - right on Sydney Harbour.

Curator of WHITE HEAT: Dr Julie Bartholomew
Pru Morrison's series on our pollies - worth a MUCH closer look
The main gallery at Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Meng-shu You with her installation
Manly afternoon, Sunday 14 June

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Clayworkers exhibition

small sculpture by Paul Gould
smooth porcelain by Marian Marcatili

... some interesting work at the Inner City Clayworkers Co-operative.
Inner EDge – ceramics by staff of Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, Nepean College

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pourers in progress...

I am making some pinched forms for Pourers, to be shown in the collectors cabinet at Object Gallery 11– 26 July, during the Australian Ceramics Triennale. I am using Cool Ice porcelain. 

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Botany Banquet 22 May 2009

My friend, Alison, and I get together once a month and cook dinner - a special dish we've seen somewhere. This month Alison cooked trout stuffed with spinach in pastry. I cooked chocolate hazelnut pudding. 

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