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One Word Photo Challenge: Cloudy

I have participated in photo challenges in the past, but this is the first time I have contributed to Jennifer Nichole Wells‘ photo challenge. Participants are asked to post a photo or photos responding to a one word theme – currently the topic is weather, and this week the word is ‘cloudy’. Interpretation of the ‘word’ is open – it can be literal, abstract, touchy feeley … you get it.

As this is the first time I am participating I am playing it safe and going for literal – unusual for me! I guess how you respond to things depends on how you are feeling at the time (touchy feeley).

So… it is Winter here in Australia. I live on a 10 acre property in a semi rural regional part of Central Victoria, and this part of Aus is particularly cold, and in the past week we have a cold snap.

The picture I am sharing is the view from my front yard… I am lucky enough to face the sunset horizon – which is fantastic in Summer, but can be just as amazing in Winter.

This picture shows the rolling in of some storm clouds …. enjoy!

storm clouds

 

 

 

 

The Earthen Centre at Backspace Gallery

As regular blog visitors may know I recently curated a ceramic show which is currently being exhibited at Backspace Gallery in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

This is the second exhibition I have curated in my arts career – the first also being a ceramic exhibition, which was pre-blog days (I don’t even have a Facebook album for it – so I may have to do some searching and publish a post), and I must say I do enjoy the process: so much so I may pursue involving myself more in curating artists into exhibitions in the future.

Developing a theme, and then asking artists to address this theme is interesting and inspirational – responses are wide ranging in technique and intellectual philosophy. I find that this, in turn, informs and inspires my own art practice. So it is a win win!!

The Earthen Centre showcases the diverse range of ceramic works produced by artists living within central Victoria who draw their inspiration from the fact that they live and breathe in a regional environment. Although wide ranging in technique and style, the common thread binding all of the work together is the natural landscape and the ability of the featured artists to use clay – the skin of the earth – to communicate their perceptions and understandings of their surroundings.

There was a great turn out for the opening – unfortunately I forgot my camera (very unusual of me) so I only have images of the works in situ, not of the actual opening 😦

But anyway….

This is the (somewhat nervous and therefore short) speech I gave at the exhibition opening – followed by some pics of the exhibition:

Thankyou everyone for coming

I would like to begin with acknowledging the Wathurrong people, elders past and present, upon whose land we are now standing.

This exhibition aims to showcase ceramics artists from the Central Highlands region who use clay to respond to their semi-rural environment. These responses are varied including the environmental messages of Kate Vivian, the everyday narratives of Desiree Radi Mansbridge, the natural tones and textures of the landscape reflected in Judy Dewil, Petrus Spronk and Ri Van Veen’s works, and of course the personal stories of Deanne Gilson.

Clay is the ideal medium to express these wide ranging interpretations as it is highly plastic, malleable, and of course, is itself of the Earth.

It is hoped the stillness of this exhibition provides a point of quiet meditation and focus upon each piece so that the message being communicated by each artist can be heard.

I would like to thank all the artists for participating in the exhibition, so please enjoy another glass of wine, and remember all of the works are for sale, and there are no commission on sales – so all moneys go to the artists.

Thankyou.

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The exhibition is open Thursday – Sunday from 10am -4pm

And here are some pics…. ENJOY

 

 

 

Open Studio Weekend

This weekend is the Australian Ceramics Association “Unearth Your Local Potter” open studio showcase weekend. Australia wide potters are opening their studios to the public from 10am till 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, so that you can observe them in their natural habitat! Some potters will also have their wares for sale, so you can buy something handmade and unique directly.

Finding a potter near you is as easy as visiting the Australian Ceramics Association’s website.

If you are in Victoria you can visit my studio also. I am not sure what I will be doing as yet – glazing, throwing or firing my kiln, or a combination. I do need to make some work for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale in March next year where I am participating in the Sculpturescape section. I am performing a pit firing on the beach, so need to make work to fire in the pit.

I will also have some tableware, sculpture and jewellery for sale.

So, maybe I will see on the weekend 🙂

OSCAS

Family Ceramics Classes

Easter Sunday: A Family wanting something different to do with the day… a variation on spending time together – a ceramic session!! yaya!!

This is a great activity for families – young or old – to spend some quality time together. Being creative stimulates conversation, feelings and bonding… art is a great way to reconnect.

This family spent two hours creating, had a one hour picnic lunch break ( the studio is on a beautiful 10 acre property) , then a one hour period decorating their artworks with coloured slip…

The group had limited exposure to ceramics, so I provided a wheelthrowing demonstration and tuition in decorative techniques, and future creative outcomes.

A great fun time was had by all!!

(PS: creative workshops like this are great for corporate team building, art therapy workshops and differently abled people – contact me for any customised workshops you may envisage.)

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