(Picture me belting this out like Aretha Franklin, wooden spoon in hand)
It’s that time of the year again when we buy to say “thank you” or “I love you” and sometimes “bloody hell, you again”. Whether you’re buying for loved or not-so-loved ones it can be stressful and soul destroying shopping in a mall or department store.
This year make a change and support local artisans and artists. Tonight is the opening of Kerrie Lowe’s Christmas 2013 show. I went in last week to drop off my grungy little beauties and I can attest to the gallery being full to the brim with handmade, unique, contemporary ceramic art and functional ware. It’s on until 24 December so don’t worry if you can’t make it on opening night. My darling and I will be there tonight for anyone who wants to come along and say hi.
PopUpClay Flyer (For some reason the Pop Up Clay poster will not ‘pop up’ so please click on the link for shop details
For something more intimate ‘Pop Up Clay’ is a group of 8 friends (including me) who have come together in a 3 day only pop up shop in Surry Hills. Opening night is Friday, 6 December and the shop will trade till Sunday, 8 December. There is a cornucopia of ceramic treasures to be found from jewellery to tableware to art pieces. Let this talented bunch of folk help you find something to wow family and friends
At both venues there will be a chance to meet the artists and artisans, support their creative hardwork and shop with a drink in hand. How civilised – beat that Westfield!!
Celebrate ceramics at Clay Day at Eveleigh!
Celebrate the best in ceramics with Clay Day, a ceramics showcase being held at Eveleigh Artisans’ Market on Sunday, 3 November 2013.
Market goers will not only have access to the work of some of the best artists working in ceramics today – they will also be able to learn more about working with clay themselves with special demonstrations, workshops and unique, one-off pieces available to buy. Running from 10am-3pm, 23 artists will be exhibiting beautiful must-have ceramic pieces – Simone Young will be demonstrating jewellery making, Maggie Paradysz will be creating a ceramic sculpture and Pauline Ryan will be making
cute ceramic animals.
The talented artists with their ceramics work on show include: Canbora Bayraktar, Susan Buckton, Joey Burns, Irene Charnas, Adriana Christianson, Carleen Devine, Cath Fogarty (China Clay), Ashley Fiona, Vicki Grima, Amanda Hale, Louisa Hart, Amanda Hawthorn, Helen Hay, Janette Loughrey, Louise Martiensen, Maggie Paradyz, Pauline Ryan, Tony Schlosser, Lindy Rose Smith, Catherine Tate, Natalie Velthuyzen, Jo Wood, Simone Young and The Australian Ceramics Association.
Have a great time folks. Wish I could be there to share it with you.
Just a few more images of the little beauties that I’ve been working on. Stay tuned folks the lovely ladies at Kerrie Lowe Gallery have accepted my work in their Christmas show. Will let you know the details when they come in. I’m a wee bit excited about this.
Two years ago I started thinking about a ceramic project. In my mind I saw it as a floating mosaic. I convinced a lovely and very patient lady called Susie to give my crazy idea a go. Then began all the phaffing around that is part of bringing a ceramic fantasy to life. Deciding the clay type (porcelain, stoneware) and the glaze/stain. Then multiple glaze tests followed by tears of frustration and then tears of joy. Finally mixing slip, colouring the slip, rolling the clay, forming the tiles and popping them in the kiln.
Cut to today and all that thinking, dreaming and scheming is coming together. I would like to present to you the first sheet of my floating mosaic.
I’m waiting to see the results of some re-fired tiles for my screen. In the meantime my fingers were getting jittery so I decided to make these necklaces. The tile are oxide stained porcelain and the chain is custom made. I like their grungy, black eyeliner, rock chick feel. Think they’ll go in my Etsy store very soon.
My Darling and I took a road, similar to the one in my previous post, out of Canberra heading for the snow fields of Thredbo. The Darling is a fantastic skier who in a former life was part of a team which ski patrolled the runs at his local mountains in Utah, USA, keeping skiers safe . Much to his chagrin I have only ever skied once and that ended up with what looked like a game of snow skittles. Only I was the ball and a group of ski instructors were the skittles. Enough said!
We decided that we would spend a few days in Thredbo, NSW checking out the accommodation for a possible family trip next year. When we arrived it was a cold, ghost town with many of the runs closed and people gone due to poor snow falls. Determined to enjoy a bit of ‘the white stuff’ any way we could, the Darling delved deep into the car and produced two sets of snowshoes. “Finally I get to use these things.” he proclaimed and after that there was not getting out of it.
Silly me took no pictures of the summit from Thredbo Village and it was impossible to take pictures on the chair lift due to icy fingers, sleeting rain and trying to hold on to the snow shoes.
Once at the top it was a different world. Silence greeted us and we smiled in return; put on our snow shoes and went for a 2 hour hike in some of the most beautiful landscape I’ve been in for a very long time.
It started out looking like this.
We had to walk a while to find snow. It came upon us gradually.
But then it became this
and finally this.
It’s a deceptive landscape with areas that seem flat in the distance revealing themselves as steep slopes. Upon close inspection small landscapes were all around our feet. This next photo was of a small pool of icy water. I like it because it reminds me of an aerial shot of a larger landscape. What do you think?
PS: For those interested the snowshoes were fantastic. The snow was quite deep in places and we shuffled along easily without sinking up to our thighs. Walking in snowshoes is like wearing giant slippers – loads of fun.
Two weekends ago my Darling and I escaped our little Sydney plot and travelled to Thredbo via Canberra for a little bit of r&r before his retail world goes into Christmas overdrive. Now I admit Canberra would not be my first choice for a holiday destination (unless there’s a hip banging great exhibition happening); but we had use of an apartment for a night and thought why not.
This is where my apology starts. Dear Canberra I though you were like this road. Straight and nearly deserted.
I thought you would be full of retired public servants trying to find peace. ‘Man o Man’ how wrong I was.
Instead it was…
funky cafes with coffee as good as Sydney and Melbourne served by smiley faced folks.
and a kitchen which produced a curry tasting plate so unexpectedly good it nearly brought tears to our eyes.
Next day a stroll up Lonsdale Street uncovered a scene full of cafes, bakeries, retro shops and this little gem.
A shopping arcade filled with artisan stores. I was so excited I forgot to get the name. Once inside we discovered a gem within a gem. First and second year students of ceramics at the University of Australia had set up a pop up shop.
Maning the shop was Sue Hewat. Check out some of the ceramic goodies for sale.
Canberra, you have revealed yourself to me. You have sweet sweet bones and in the future I will think twice before presuming to know you.
We travelled out of town bound for Thredbo. For overseas folk, this is one of the places where we Aussies go skiing in New South Wales. (No sniggering about mountain sizes. It’s unbecoming a sophisticated crowd such as yourselves.)
Stay tuned for a few images from our time at the top of the mountain.