2017

I have been further exploring artists books using paper clay. I find it interesting that I make small objects which require a lot of minute work. this is in complete contrast to my function ware which tends to be large and quick and fluid.

Loose Leaf Folder

Loose Leaf Folder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I particularly like Loose Leaf Folder. Seven ceramic gum leaves are casually mounted in a box especially made by Lowa Paszko. I like its simplicity.

Then I decided to see what would happen if I used stoneware glazes to create images. . worked on stoneware and glazes. I still kept the small book size and tried to use the smallest amounts of glaze. I made three in the Awe Series. I was exploring ‘in awe of..’.

 

MountainMountain open book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain. In Lower Beechmont, Queensland, and now in Clunes, Victoria, thousands of kilometres apart, I’ve lived on the Great Dividing Range. In Queensland the mountains are huge and dramatic, like the cover of this book. In Clunes they are small, ancient, rounded hills, like the pages of the book.  Is Clunes at the beginning or the end of the Great Dividing Range?

River

River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River. In this work the river begins with rain drops on the cover and slowly makes its way to the sea. We view it as if from the air.

 

Tide

Tide

Tide. We had experienced a very wet spring with the creek overflowing. In Tide I wanted to use glaze to suggest the movement of water, from rain to the way water builds up and seeps over the land.

It was important to me that the water in Tide was not pure.

Here is the cover, in its box, and the three pages.

Especially designed box by Lowa Paszko.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

Using paper clay I made an artists book Leaflet. I was playing with the pun of a leaf of a book and the various saying around leaf, such as ‘turning over a new leaf’. The work is predominantly white with the slightest touch of colour on the leaf imprint. It’s a small work, about the size of a mobile phone. I displayed it in a box especially made for me by Lowa Paszko.

Leaflet

Leaflet

Leaflet, "Turn over a new leaf"

Leaflet, “Turn over a new leaf”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With June I also made lots of function ware and our sale in December showed how much work we’d done throughout the year. The sale was held in June’s studio. Please don’t ask to buy anything as it’s all sold.

2016 Ceramic Sale

2016 Ceramic Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

I made jugs because a friend wanted one and teapots (the technically hardest shape) because I was feeling adventurous, and for the rest, I enjoyed working with Ironstone clay.

Ironstone pot

Ironstone pot

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Some pots from 2015

Some pots from 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

catherinepots2August

A set of bowls for Catherine. Ironstone clay and our iron based glaze – “Night” which is rich and velvet-like. The combination of clay and glaze is pleasing.

 

 

 

potmay14 May

These two pots were my ideas for plates and dishes. I took them inside to my kitchen to live with me and so that the kitchen, the pots and I could have a conversation and get to know each other. Mad, I know, but there you are. I have decided on the left hand pot. Its quiet and gentle and matches my current mood more than the dramatic one on the right. The difference is the clay. The dark clay is Ironstone, the lighter one is Flash. Both are stoneware. The glaze is one June and I developed a few years ago, a very beautiful celadon glaze. We’d left it alone for awhile mainly because it is not an easy glaze to work with- it fires in a very short temperature range so it can easily disappoint and run or be under-fired. One firing June put it on a pot in the top shelf of the kiln and the result was stunning. Since then we have reserved the top shelf for this glaze. I know I could adapt the glaze for any shelf, but it wouldn’t be the same rich creamy blue, and I quite like knowing that it is rare and hard to come by.

For those interested the blue comes from the smallest amount of red iron- now that’s alchemy.

 Feb

With a revamped kitchen I intend to work on domestic tableware for the first half of the year.

I plan to make a series of plates and bowls in stoneware exploring the grey-white Flash clay and the browns of Ironstone clay.

2013

awardcookerI made a series of simple cookware bowls. I used an earthenware base and mixed other clays with it to increase the potential for thermal shock and hence making them oven-proof.

I decorated them using iron based slips. The paint brush and I are not friends so this was quite a challenge.

 

One of these bowls was awarded First prize in its section and an “Outstanding Exhibit in the whole Craft section at the Clunes Annual Show – I was enormously chuffed to be a hero in my own puddle!

 

Gallery

Click on image to see full pot.

Pots using coils of  local ochres and different clays.

tallpotwithcoilsearthcoilpot

Tableware with iron glaze decoration. Here I have combined glazes.

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Plates and deep bowls using inserts of layered clay and orche

riverbedpot

Using Shino-type glaze on tableware

riverflatplate shinobowl

Cookware – Chicken cooker and Tagine burner.

chickencooker tagineburner

A celadon glaze June and I developed. We only use this on small pots.

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