It was a long weekend here in Australia
so a few of the Mud Colony gals
decided to make the most of it
and meet in Victoria for a pottery immersed
few days, Adriana at the helm.
First stop was Northcote Pottery Supplies
where Adriana Christianson had work
and I bought this gorgeous beaker.
Craft Victoria Gallery
and these cute plant pots (above and below)
by Kim Jaeger were in the display window.
Adriana also had work there
( but I had to restrain myself it was going
to be a BIG weekend!)
called FortyFiveDownstairs and these vibrant platters
(above and below) made by Gordon Hickmott and
decorated a group of artists called ROAR which included
Annie Howie, Pasquale Giardino, Tony Mighell,
Danial Lalor Kogan, Richard Birmingham, Bruce Earles,
Stephen McCarthy, Trevor Hoppen, Peter Ferguson, Andrew
Ferguson, Mike Nicholls, Judi Singleton and Wayne Eager.
I am not sure which platter belongs with which artist
but they were fun and visiting them was a great
way to start our weekend.
Queen Victoria Markets
we headed out of Melbourne towards South Gippsland.
The next day we went to visit Robb Barron's Studio
His work and environment along with his attitude
are very inspiring.
You can see (above), although only two chambers
are shown behind Marian, each chamber is big enough
to stand in comfortably, it is a big his kiln!
He dose fire in just one chamber at times though.
and his throwing demo was a joy to behold.
He started by centering with a club of wood.
and using his motor assisted kick wheel
he threw a nice big pitcher.
gorgeous old wares/second hand shops
and the girls enjoyed Devonshire Tea.
Truly Southurst- arrived on Saturday night
after doing a market and I bought this lovely
citrus juicer from her.
Sunday we headed off to see the work of
Zak Chalmers at his Valley Plains Pottery.
Zak worked and gained experience with
Robb Barron for some years before building
his own kilns.
It was wonderful to see Zak
incorporate his family, work and environment
together as a total art form.
I enjoyed watching him work with his wife
and children as much as I loved soaking up the
beauty of his work and exhibition space.
to do some earth moving with wet clay
and his matchbox truck?
How lucky this little guy is to have a tunnel
in a well shaped pot to drive his truck through :)
Zak uses a small Anagama
for the more sculptural and ashy pieces.
He also uses this little kiln (above)designed by Jack Troy
I think I may well have to build myself one of these!
we created a mini exhibition so we could all enjoy
what each other had bought before we packed them
into our suit cases.
was a certain amount of posting and internet advice/
discussion/sharing in amongst all the ceramic talk.
Last night, dinner out, we were a bunch of happy
munchkins after a great weekend of inspiration.
Sunset at Inverloch
and the dawn of some new work
on our return to our studios.