Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Looking back.

I was reflecting on some old pieces this morning; I picked up the vase on the far right because it has that dribble effect on the rim that I used to do a lot. I still like it, but it does not work so well on the pieces I've been doing lately.
I realised it's probably ten years old now, time goes fast, or is it that looking back, it seems one has not done much. The other pieces are at least ten years old too.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Honours year 2010.

I'll be back at Uni. this year (2010).
I felt I was loosing direction last year, and thought access to people and equipment in one place would be the best way to find that direction.
My research will investigate the relevance of hand made ceramic tableware in today's disposable society.
A topic that is obviously very close to me and one that I think we all need to think about.
I will pose the following questions:
1. Is a craftsperson's skill irrelevant in a developed society.
2. Should a person who has a desire to use their hands for making, more than is just practical, only make "art".
3. Should something like tableware have something to offer other than just the function of containing food.
4. Can it add warmth and well-being through being individual; containing within a sense of the humanity that made it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Summer holidays.

Beach at Rye

Well this week I got that back to work feeling. About time really; Getting tired of lugging a bag.

Highlights would have to be the exhibitions. Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris at The Art gallery of NSW in Sydney last week was a good one to finish with.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pizza Stone.

A friend bought a "Pizza Stone" recently.

I made my own, and tonight I finally got to use it.

I love a quick homemade pizza. And now instead of being on the soggy side, it's a crispy homemade pizza.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pottery Critiques on Facebook.

If you use "Facebook" I think you should have a look at Pottery Critiques.

For a link, click here.
For a link to my post on Pottery Critiques way back on 13 December 2009, click here, and please comment.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bigger Penguin pourers.

Size from left to right 170mm, 220mm, 270mm and 75mm high.

Being asked to make them bigger, I have. The tallest so far is 300mm (not shown) I am reluctant to make them any bigger, but who knows, I like a challenge.

It's interesting how fresh eyes can see something quite diferently. I would have thought the Penguin Pourers would be clumsy if made too big, but I think they have come up quite well.

Just don't ask me to put handles on them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Melbourne skyline.

Probably the best view of Melbourne I've ever been peivileged enough to view; and I was fortunate to have my camera in hand.
It was a balmy Summer night with a thunder storm rolling in behind the city.