Saturday, 27 July 2013

Life is BIG, So why not enjoy it ?

                                      Well this was the week of my 53rd birthday.
                                      OOOooooh Yes,
                                      and I am feeling it.
                                      The old body is getting less agile,
                                      less shapely (or maybe MORE so ) :(
                                      slower, more aches and pains,
                                      but you know what?
                                      I love my crazy old life and I wouldn't change it.

                                      My birthday started with a wonderful stack of crepes
                                      served with berries and cooked by my gorgeous
                                      15 year old daughter.


                                        It was looking like this was going to be a GREAT birthday!

                                      I then received an email with an 'offer of acceptance'
                                      into a Graduate Certificate in Ceramics.
                                      A post grad course at ANU that I had applied for.

                                      I am so looking forward to this course!
                                      If I have anything between 5 - 50 years left
                                      I want to spend it potting.

                                         Wooo Hooo!
                                         Thank you UAC perfect timing for a great birthday pressy!


                                                     My youngest grand daughter, Lillie,
                                                            started calling me GoGo :D
                                                                         On ya Lil!
                                                           All in all it was a perfect day!

                                      To finish off my son, Gopal and his partner Suse,
                                      made me a lovely dinner
                                      and my inlaws came to celebrate. YAY!


                                    Nothing like a bit of dancing in the kitchen to liven the spirit


                                                         Yesterday I took off for Sydney
                                     I dropped my son and his family home and then I hit the galleries.
                                     I had 2 shows that I really wanted to catch
                                     The first was Gail Nichols show at Sabbia, it closes this weekend.
                                     It was absolutely beautiful!


                                     I am very excited that she will be one of my teachers at ANU.

                                     Then I went off to Observatory Hill to the S.H. Ervin Gallery
                                     for Peter Rushforths exhibition.

                                             I bought his DVD

                                    I finished my day with this months CSG meeting
                                    where Gail Nichols was giving a demonstration and presentation.

                                    Then back home to the mountains by midnight!

                                    OH WOW! BIG day!

                                    Am I too old for all this excitement?

                                    Nah....I will just have a Nanna nap today,
                                   relax over my new DVD and check out what
                                    other Mud Colony adventures have been happening.

                                    Then all will be hunky dory because
                                    tomorrow is bound to be another big day!


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Fire, Water and a little bit of Lustre

                                                  Today was the first clear day, for some weeks,
                                                  that I could focus on doing some raku firing.
                                                  Clear, both in weather and in commitments.

                                                 It has been raining on and off for several weeks
                                                 and the forecast is for more rain from tomorrow.
                                               So I quickly set the little raku rocket and set to work.
                                                  After a day by the kiln stoking and repacking
                                                  and stoking again ( 5 firings in all).
                                                   I am fairly happy with the results.

                                                            Here is a sample of just a few.

                                            This post will be part of the Mud Colony 
                                    this week so  check out what other potters are up to.

                                                                 NEWS FLASH!

                                        My 2013 group of costumes have been selected
                                        as a finalist in WOW.  YAY!
                                        So I am now busy making preparations to go to
                                        Wellington NZ for the show in September.
                                        You can have a look at my website for photos
                                        of my previous WOW costumes but for the moment
                                        this years must remain secret.

                                        Life is very full and it is  WONDERFUL!


Friday, 12 July 2013

Fire Fire FIRE!

                                                  Recent experimental work.....
                                                  mmmmm...... not sure, what do you think ?

                                    and a bit of raku but not really happy with anything yet

                                                         and for a look at my website
                                                    go to

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Friday, 5 July 2013

Making and baking

                                             After a visit to my little grand daughter Lillie
                                                              to gain inspiration and joy

                                                              and plenty of hugs :)

                                          My son pointed me in the right direction
                                                    to find the foundry in Mascot.

                                                    I was looking for foundry sand
                                         which I had been advised by Jeff Mincham 
                                                     would help to stop my large pots
                                                      from gripping the kiln shelves.
                                                    I use Clay Works 'sculptural clay'
                                       I find it great to work with on big pots and sculptures
                                              but it has a high shrinkage particularly in the glaze firing
                                                       this causes the pots to grip the shelves and
                                                              occasionally crack in the base.

                                                       The guy at the foundry was beaut
                                                                and gave me half a bag of ....
                                                                   Ummm....what ever it is...
                                                                       and that was my concern.
                                                       I'm not sure if it is what Jeff was suggesting and
                                            the man at the foundry wasn't sure what I was after either!
                                                       It didn't look like what I was expecting......

                                                Ah well in the name of experimentation
                                            I donned my mask and sprinkled the substance
                                  onto the shelf and placed my big pot onto the magical powder.

                                                               Would it work or ruin my kiln?
                                                                     That was the question!


                                                                     I turned the kiln on
                                                         and went and did some other things
                                                                  trying not to think about it.

It has been very wet 
and the drive way has been turning to mush.

So I started to lay some paving stones.
This had the duel purpose of cleaning up my raku area
(which I will be using next week).


                                                                           Then I made a big platter.
                                                                      As you can see here it is bigger
                                                                           than the top of the wheel.

                                   I carved into it and covered the carving with turquoise slip.

Then pared back the slip to reveal the carved pattern.
Quite happy with it at this stage.
It is quite a lump to manoeuvre though!

It is called 'Connected by the Stars'

                                          The pattern was inspired by some photos of turtles
                                               that a friend in Rajasthan posted on Face Book
                                                           So beautiful. Thank you Fiona

                                                           and another smaller platter.

                                                               a square one with legs

                                       Finished off a hand built pot with a thrown neck.

                                                and here is the big feller after it's bisque fire
                                           and at this stage it seems like the foundry sand
                                                      (if that is what it is) is doing OK :)

                                            So that is what has been happening here this week
                                           don't forget to see what the other Mud Colony peoples
                                           are up to in their studios too.
                                           It seems like a busy making time for most of us.