Saturday, September 18, 2010

Looking Glass Bay, Sydney.

Inspired after taking time exposures of moving water after the heavy rain in Central Victoria last week. I find that it works wonderfully with large bodies of water, making everything soft and calm. 
It's a pity I don't have access to moving water more often.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Simple vessels.

I wish I could decide on a new glaze that I'm happy with.
Maybe I should make mortar and pestles for a while.

Scarred vessels.

Well I've become quite confident at knocking my vessels around. Pulling at the inside with a chop stick until it tears, then plugging it with a bit of clay, then rotating it at speed and ripping through the vertical ridge. Then centre (make it symmetrical) it by throwing it on the wheel again.
It's quite a release to destroy a perfectly round vessel.
The next stage, glazing, I'm finding a challenge. I can't quite settle on what I want. Gloss, matte, satin. Dipped, dribbled, brushed. One glaze or?

This is all the result of the wonderful "Tea and Zen" exhibition  I went to at the NGV.
So sad it ended in August.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Whipstick waterfall.


A deluge of water after 10 years of drought.


The local newspapers were warning of floods on Wednesday.
It started raining late Friday night, and by the morning I had 54mm in my rain gauge.
Saturday saw another 11mm, and most of that fell between 3:00PM and 3:05PM. With wind to match, I thought the house was going to go.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fungi and orchids.

With all the welcome rain (the last 11 years have been drought) we've had over Winter, I'm finding little fungi and orchids that have not been present in my walks through the Whipstick forest over the last five years. Have I really been here for five years now!