This afternoon in the studio I have been packing up work for transport to the All Hands exhibition being held at the Convent Gallery in Daylesford. This exhibition is an annual event for the Daylesford Region Ceramics Co-operative which coincides with Artober. The opening is this Friday at 6pm and all are welcome 🙂
I also began making some custom wholesale orders this afternoon – rings and Christmas decorations for a local retail space in Ballarat.
And tonight I taught an adults class in the studio from 7-9pm, so it has turned into quite a busy Tuesday!
Well, time to kick back with a wine….have a great week everyone 🙂
I live on a rural property in regional Victoria, Australia, and am surrounded by trees, wildlife, an amazing creek and views of Mt Buninyong and Mt Warrenheip – sleeping volcanoes! A few months ago, while walking around my 10 acre property I found a stone that reminded me of the shape of an axe due to its shape and that one edge was
particularly sharp. The find inspired me to think about tribal ‘objects’ and their demystification through colonialism, museology and ‘collecting’ (these were issues I explored in my PhD, so this artwork is a further exploration of this theme). These images are of a work in progress… I have attached the
axe-like stone I found to a stick of eucalyptus using natural jute. Traditionally this would have been attached using reeds, bark, animal skin, etc, and secured in place using sap, honey or tree resin as a glue. I then covered most of the stone with Australian Queen Elizabeth stamps from 1953 (I will need to double check that date, but they are pre decimal currency stamps which was introduced to Australia in 1966). The stamps symbolize the hijacking of dominate cultures over tribal/ethnic cultures and their associated artefacts.
The entire form has then been ‘decoupaged’ with a layer of PVA. I may do more layers of PVA as this gives the form a hard and plastic-like appearance, thus reverberating the objectification of such artefacts.
At this stage I would like to ‘display’ the ‘axe’ on a stand or in perspex box heightening the cultural ‘acquisition’ statement of the artwork.
While this work is an early experiment on the theme, I am happy with how it is evolving and would like to explore making a series of works along this theme.
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 coals within the pit and after covering with corrugated iron a nice smouldering seemed to be take place. All I can do know is keep my fingers crossed, as ironic as that may seem!! Pics to come of the results tomorrow (if they’re good!!)
Will post photos of completed works, and other works in progress, as they evolve in the next two days (yikes!)…
I think I have already mentioned my “finger accident” a couple of posts ago…. went to the docs today & the stitches still have to stay in for another 3-4 days… so as an artist preparing for an exhibition within a weeks time this is very difficult!! Without harping the exhibition opens on Monday 7/11, with opening drinks 9/11, so the pressure is on!! However, am happy with the textures I achieved from my last firing & am firing another kiln load tomorrow… fingers crossed.
The main challenge now is assembling the components of the sculptural works… if you check out previous works in progress posts you will see what I mean. I thought I would have more time to do this, but lost 2 weeks with my finger,…. anywYZZZ!!!
On a brighter note (hopefully) will be doing the pit firing I did not complete last Sunday ( two Sundays ago) due to what we now call the “finger incident” this Thursday, weather prevailing… so hopefully it will all work out & there will be lots of pics to come… hopefully successfull posts!
Following are images of the sawdust black firing I did yesterday, luckily I squeezed it in between rain downpours. The rain began again about 2 hours after I unloaded the pit. I am happy with the results, and hopefully the pit firing will go equally as well, as the top part of these sculptures are the pit fired components, which you can check out in the Works in Progress category.
Also loaded the kiln for a glaze firing tomorrow, also works for the exhibition, so fingers crossed.
Today is Thursday… Last Sunday I was preparing to do a pit firing which included works for an upcoming exhibition to be held in 1 1/2 weeks. As part of my preparations I wrap some works in scourer wire. I was pulling apart some scourer wire, using a fair bit of strength… my gloves were on the workbench, not on my hands… when I found out just how sharp these fine wires actually are!! I garroted my finger and thank goodness for the bone getting in the way of the wire and saving my finger from being completely cut off!!
Within minutes I was in the car on the way to the hospital… blood pouring everywhere. Triage rushed me straight through emergency, and as it turned out I had cut an artery, hence all the gushing gore.
Because I had been in the process of doing a pit firing, I happened to have my camera around my shoulders for documentary purposes. Once I cut my finger the camera remained as grabbed my finger and would not let go! Once the doctor pried my hand free my partner commandeered the camera and began taking happy snaps. I will spare you those photos, although the ones taken once the finger had been torniqued are not too gorey!
Anyway 6 stitches later, and quite a few pain killers, cut to today:
Garroted finger or not, the show must go on, meaning the exhibition in 1.5 weeks!! So following is a slideshow of the sawdust firing I did today. The results will not be known until tomorrow, although there was lots of smoke billowing from the pit, which is a good sign. The idea is to obtain black smoked surfaces on the bases of some of the sculptures which you can check out in the “works in progress” category… enjoy!!