Sunday, 17 July 2016

2016 Pit Fire at Lilli Pilli Studio

It has been a busy year this year and as always studio time has its highs and lows through out the year.
It is winter here at the moment and that means it is time for cooking pots in wood firings, raku and pit fires. It has been particularly cold and wet in the Blue Mountains over the last couple of months but this weekend the kiln gods were with us and it was perfect weather for a pit fire.

Many of my students have been making lots of beautiful burnished thrown and hand built pots to cook in the pit. It is a fun process but you never know what will come out.
There are usually some casualties and some gems and lots of fun in the process.

This year we had some extra special additions to our pit concoction.
I sourced a lot of cow manure which I was able to dry out in time for our special weekend.
My daughter inlaw collected lots of sea grass that had washed up in the river near her mums house.
We had lots of coffee grounds and banana and mandarin peal which I dried.
It is a pretty magic mixture that puts colour on to pots with the help of a bit of alchemy and fire.



Woooo Hooooo!!!!

Time laps video of Day 1 - The Pit
click the link
                                                             Loading and Firing the pit

                                                 Time laps video of Day 2- The Opening
                                                                   click the link
                                                        The Reveal- Opening the Pit

I run these workshops as part of my teaching practice here.
I have a small studio and I keep my student numbers to just a handful so that we have space to work
and time to focus on everyones work process.
At this stage my classes are full but I do have a waiting list.

If you are interested in workshops or classes please email me your contact details
via my web site
and I will let you know when a place becomes available.

You are most welcome to come along to my Open Studio on the 20th & 21st August
and check out exactly what it is we do here. :)

Happy potting

Sunday, 3 July 2016

2016 Open Studio

Yes I know it has been a year since I have posted ….so sorry…
I have been so flat out that I have been barely able to keep up with myself!
Here I am posting at that time of the year that means OPEN STUDIO is just around the corner.
Please stop by if you are in the area on this weekend and I can show you just how busy I have been.
Best wishes

See a web link below for a map of participating Blue Mountains Pottery Studios