the previous vessels with drawn images were collaged onto the side – this vessel almost has a repeat pattern drawn directly into the clay. everyone has their own way of accomplishing a task – after trial and error the best method for me has been to cover the freshly hand built form in underglaze before it gets to the leather hard stage – and to carve back into the vessel while the clay is still quite moist.
keanes white rake, hand built, underglaze, terra sigillata, sgraffito, encaustic and vintage buttons h 30cm
I have been invited to participate in the ‘sketchbook project’ with 20 artists in Australia – the books will be exhibited at Charles Sturt University Gallery in Sept/Oct before being sent off to join the official sketchbook project touring exhibition in Brooklyn. This is an exciting adventure to be part of with more than 30,000 sketchbooks collected and toured since the project began.
the books are slightly smaller than A5 – these drawings all began life in my weekly life drawing sessions and apologies for the slight moire, blurriness on some pages this is the scanner and not wanting to flatten book too much.
I am currently working on six new chameleonrecruits from the sirens saints and sinners series hopefully to get exhibited as a one group. Here is the first of the new recruits – slightly different process in that a decorative slip was applied at quite a wet stage of the building process and where it is quite thick it has started to peel and flake – I couldn’t have asked for a better result. This piece was coloured bisque fired, stained and then fired again. The final finish is hot wax allowed to partially seal but add yet another layer of decay. size approx. 40 cm x 40 cm x 30 cm
and this is a little siren – trying to escape from her box
for the first time in several months I am getting an opportunity to just play in the studio – my next planned exhibition isn’t until the end of 2015 – and although there are some other plans underway – the pressure is off and the there is time to just explore some different aspects of clay and finishes.
burdenwithcare – handbuilt ceramic vessel, engobe, terrasigillata, and underglaze – is waiting for its first firing
and a previous post on ‘tellingmystory‘ whilst waiting for a firing has undergone significant change. I am looking forward to seeing the alchemy.
fly-in fly-out – a very busy 24 hours but what a great night. I met up with the owners of tusk gallery Gary and Georgie and their staff Katie and Olivia at the opening. All generous beautiful people doing knock out work – the gallery looked stunning, the opening was in full swing. great music, food and atmosphere. I was very fortunate to sell a good girl scout – neverleaveshomewithoutherhanky and red(one of the original sirens)
Here is a couple of photos of the chameleonrecruits together for the first time – perhaps a little challenging but certainly telling a story ! Many thanks to Gary and Georgie for offering this great opportunity. If you are in Melbourne well worth visiting the gallery there is always great viewing.
mixture of terracotta and white clay, engobe and underglaze applied while still quite damp
this will be bisque fired before deciding on the next stages of colouring – a lot could happen between this stage and the final piece. approx 50 cm tall