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Pit Firing Community Project – The Creative Legacy of Edna Walling.

Last week I facilitated a pit firing workshop for a community project which is part of a group exhibition commemorating the work of Landscape designer Edna Walling. One of the exhibiting artists Heather Hesterman is creating an installation consisting of ceramic pinch pots en masse¬†and plants referencing Walling’s love of constructing gardens. The pots have … Continue reading

Ceramic Pit firing – New sculpture.

Hope everyone is having a great week ūüôā Following on from the previous POST I have now pitfired all of the sculptural works I made for the exhibition in ContainArt – yes I got the fire permit ūüôā   It has been very warm over the past few weeks, so it was great that the … Continue reading

Sunday Studio Visit: Pit Firing

Oh Dear…. a few days late again!! Sunday was a bit of a busy day….. we visited friends on Sunday afternoon for a low key housewarming party, and didn’t get home till quite late! The day before, Saturday, I did a pit firing to complete a few pieces I am thinking of entering into some … Continue reading

Pit Firing Workshop in Ballarat

My last Sunday Studio Visit post gave readers the heads up that I was conducting a pit firing workshop on the weekend… and it was great! Living in Australia means that I have to co-ordinate my pit firings between fire ban seasons, and living in Ballarat -cold and rainy (it is pouring as I speak)- … Continue reading

Sunday Studio Visit: Pit Firing Workshop

This Sunday afternoon there is excitement happening in the studio – I have been running a pit firing workshop!! Yesterday we prepared, loaded and fired the pit, and this afternoon we unloaded, cleaned and polished the resultant pieces – which were fantastic!! I won’t say too much as I will be writing a more in … Continue reading

Pit Firing Ceramics – The Book Launch At Last!

Book Launch and Exhibition in Ballarat So, the long awaited day finally came – and went!! Saturday was a bit of a dreary drizzly day, not unexpected in Ballarat, yet a great crowd managed to rug up, brave the cold, sip wine and talk ‘arty’ stuff in support of my book launch and exhibition – … Continue reading

Pit Firing on the Beach at the Lorne Sculpture Biennale

As regular readers will know last weekend was the opening of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, and I will be publishing a separate post about this soon. But for now, I would like to share the ceramic¬†pit firing I did on the beach as part of the Sculpturescape category in the show. I arrived in Lorne … Continue reading

Pit Firing: Finally!!

Finally¬†got the pit firing underway today (Friday: 2 weeks late due to finger injury)…. the pressure is now on for installing artwork in the gallery on Monday.. but such is life!! Lots of pain killers should see me through! I think the pit firing went well. I seemed to achieve¬†enough¬†temperature for a good body of … Continue reading

Teepee Firing – experimental low fired ceramics

As readers may know I am somewhat a specialist in pit firing, having explored it extensively¬†during my PhD and then writing a book about it which you can find on lots of online book stores such as AMAZON. Lately I have been yearning¬†to explore more methods of alternative firing. The idea arose when my pugmill … Continue reading

Pit Fired Sculptures – available for sale

My previous blog post was about the Lorne Sculpture Biennale and my participation in it…. a post about the Biennale in general will be next. In the meantime the following images are of the sculptures that emerged from the pit firing – I am very happy with the results of the project, and the colour … Continue reading

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