Just happy that all of the pieces came out of the kiln in one piece with no discernible defects. (How’s that for a five dollar word?)
The piece is out of the bisque firing, and now for the painting while listening to a crime audio book.
The platter is dry and now I have drawn the rabbit and painting some underglaze onto it, and now I’m scratching the fur into the design.
I just loved making these funny little flasks/vases. I decided to try out some underglaze decals that I purchased from China Clay Art recently. What fun it was using them. I used the bits and pieces from one to decorate some heart jewellery.
Here is a piece of my garden sculpture at the moment of being released (not from the wild) but from the mold. It needs to be cleaned, but that doesn’t take long.
Sometimes a break is good for the soul. I needed time to create something different and I worked on some linocuts in August and took a break from clay.
I’m back working with a vengeance now, as I have two shows coming up in November and December. Here are a couple of images of work from the first bisque firing.
The two shows are the weekend of November 18th and 19th. The first one is Christmas at the Marshland Centre is at the Marshland Centre, at 65 Hague Blvd., Lakefield. Lots of different work at this show, not just pottery.
Then at the Kawartha Potters’ Guild Christmas show and sale. December 1, 2 & 3 at 993 Talwood Drive, Peterborough.
While I have been taking the month of August off from pottery/ceramics to give myself a break and refresh, I’ve been playing around with Linocutting. I took a day course a few months ago to introduce myself to this and I’ve had a great time! I will likely incorporate it into future clay projects in the future, but for the moment I am loving the immediacy of it. No waiting for it to dry, bisque fired, glazed and then fired again, hoping madly that nothing cracks, warps or has unsightly blemishes. To see the various prints I’ve made, please visit my gallery page.
I have the honour of being in a show with 13 other talented ceramic artists this month. Here is the invitation.
I applied and was accepted last year for a mentorship. It started in September and is wrapping up now with this show. Exhibition is from August 19 – September 10, 2017. Artist Talk is on Sunday August 27th, 1pm, Reception September 8th, 7 – 9pm. Take a look at my gallery page to see some of the work of mine that is on display.
Last year I was one of fifteen people chosen to participate in Fusion’s Creative Directions. As they say on their website:
Creative Directions is FUSION’s new and exciting program for potters and sculptors designed to expand their technical skills, develop critical thinking and build confidence.
Basically, it has been a mentorship and has been hard and rewarding, frustrating and fun at the same time. I’ve learned a lot from our mentor Michelle Mendlowitz, but also from all of the other participants. We are going to be in a group show at the Robert Mclaughlin’s Gallery A from August 17-September 10. The opening reception will be September 8th 7-9pm, Scary? You bet!