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Pit Fired Sculptures

I have been pit firing now for about seven years, and during this time have developed and refined techniques that are unique to me. Originally I became interested in Pit firing during my Honours year in ceramics at University: I was interested in exploring the “function” of ceramics… what would it be in the 21st … Continue reading

Finished Pit Fired Sculptures…

Two of the completed sculptures from the sawdust and pit firing: much pain later!! Very happy with the colour results and the assemblage of the pieces, though difficult with an injured finger, has turned out really well :-)) All the work is now complete for the exhibition (pics to come), including painted plinths! First thing … Continue reading

Sawdust Black Firing: Results

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 … Continue reading

Sawdust Black Firing: Slideshow

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 … Continue reading

Sunday Studio Visit – Bonfires and Jewellery Design

Evening all, it is freezing here tonight with possible snow expected, so I am keeping warm by reminiscing on the bonfire firing I did a couple of weeks ago. Every year around this time we do a clean up for the summer to reduce fire hazards during the bushfire season, and in the lead up … Continue reading

Sunday Studio Visit … new jewellery designs AND saving the World!

This Sunday did not start out wonderfully!! I did not sleep a wink last night so am a bit behind the eight ball…. or am I? It actually meant I got alot done! The weather is cooler today, which is also good… I think if I had been tired AND hot I would have been grumpy, … Continue reading

Exhibition Opening – Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2015

Regular readers will know one of my ceramic sculptures was recently accepted into the biennial Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, an award that has become a fixture on the ceramic awards calendar in recent years, The award is open to all Victorian artists, and spans functional ceramics through to sculptural and conceptual works, as long as the … Continue reading

Sunday Studio Visit – Catching up

Today in the studio I am finally catching up on polishing the ceramic sculpture I fired last weekend in the pit firing, which was the subject of last Sunday’s studio visit. The piece in the middle of the picture is the sculpture I have had accepted into the Manningham Ceramic Awards which i have to send … Continue reading

Exploring New Sculptural Forms

So, besides being busy in the studio with ClayMotion classes and the mosaic project with the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre, and keeping on top of my Etsy shop, I’m trying to also play with the development of some new sculptural forms – coz I have nothing else to do!! PS – I also have a stupid slow … Continue reading

Sunday Studio Visit: An Actual Studio Visit!

Today I am recovering from an actual visit to my studio by approximately thirty people yesterday, many of whom are artists themselves. My studio was part of a studio bus tour organised by Ballarat Arts Alive as a launch into a continuing program of bus tours to galleries and artist studios. There were three studios on … Continue reading

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