Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Yesterday I went to the first day of a two day workshop by the amazing Clairy Laurence, who makes beautiful busts of young girls/women. The morning was spent shaping the face, neck and shoulders, followed by a delicious lunch served in Clairy's unique bowls. Then in the afternoon we finished off the head and attached it to the neck. All the heads, at this stage, looked pretty alien like and spooky, but hopefully next week, once we put in the eyes and finish off the details, they will start to look better. It's hard to imagine that they will look anything like the gorgeous creations Clairy makes!
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Recently I had a great chat about all things pottery, with the lovely Paul Blais, a podcaster from the United States. If you want to hear a little bit more about my creative journey you can listen to the interview online at The Potters Cast. I feel very humbled to be among such an impressive groups of interviewees.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Last time I was on the wheel, I decided to try and go bigger (because as we all know it's better ha ha!). A larger lump of clay is much harder to centre and I ended up with a graze on the side of my hand from all the effort, but ended up with three good bowls. Two, unfortunately went to pottery heaven. In my mind they were a lot bigger than they actually are, but nonetheless, are good sized noodle/soup/serving bowls. But as thrilling as this is, I have some even more exciting news. Today I was interviewed (via Skype) by Paul Blais, host of The Potters Cast. Paul's podcasts are so inspiring and I was very humbled to be included among the impressive group of potters that he has interviewed. My interview will be podcast next Tuesday, can't wait to hear it and fingers crossed that I didn't sound like a total nutcase!
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
In anticipation of the QAGOMA Winter Design Market, I (and the kiln) have been in overdrive. This morning before I went to my teaching job I checked the kiln and there was an error message saying that the kiln had 'fired too long'. Aaaarggghh, not what you want to see from a brand new kiln with a full load. It had cooled down by the time I got home from work and there was that scary moment of cracking the door open... and then relief that everything looked more than fine - yah!! I did learn another thing today though - if you make a set of something and you want them to look the same, make them from the same batch of clay!
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Some time ago I posted some photos of my first wheel thrown pots. I am progressing slowly as I only get to go on the wheel once a week at pottery class, but I am quite happy with the shapes I am getting. I have such an admiration for potters who can make a whole set of things the same size!! All decorated and glazed I think these pots make great little succulent and cactus planters.