burdenwithcare

burdenwithcare has had two firings and a final wax finish – still thinking about her headress  whether to stick with the jute or go with something a bit more decorative – perhaps leather but I also have a huge range of vintage linen threads which could also work.   burdenwithcare_detail2

handbuilt ceramic sculpture – engobe, inlaid terracotta, underglaze and stains
50 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm

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don’t push

Moreton Bay Art Prize is one of the few major art prizes in south-east Queensland region – so it is always nice to be included in the final jury selection.  This year I only entered the 3D section with dontpushmybuttons – even the good get weary 40 x 30 x 30 cm terracotta, engobe, underglaze and stains 

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burdenwithcare- in progress

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 firingburdenwithcare burdenwithcare02

and a previous post on ‘tellingmystory‘ whilst waiting for a firing has undergone significant change.  I am looking forward to seeing the alchemy.tellingmystory05 tellingmystory04

tusk gallery opening

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.

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tellingmystory – ready for the first firing

new work getting ready for the first firing –

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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

 

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seasonofsummerlonging

seasonofsummerlonging is the third piece that will be trundling its way to Melbourne. I am having wooden crates made so that hopefully the work will arrive safely.

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mixed media sculpture, ceramic, engobe, terra sigillata, stains, underglaze, vintage plastic flowers and string  62 x 30 x 30 cm

chameleonrecruits – out of the fire

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Despite what we think we know and what we think will happen in the firing process – there are unseen consequences – I am pretty sure this fellow suffered a degree of torment at 1140 degrees. I have already begun to build an army of recruits – en masse the possibilities will be intriguing – it is always a question of my own resolve and sustenance!
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The front is inlayed terra-cotta

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the back is a  stitched collage  of vintage silk, bible pages,  silk violet. 
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mixed media sculpture, hand built ceramic, underglaze print and and hand painted , terracotta inlay, stains, engobe, vintage bible pages, vintage fabrics and threads, vintage fishing lure. size 53 cm x 25cm  x 25cm

a good girl scout – neverleaveshomewithoutherhanky

Exciting developments I have been asked to provide sculptures to Tusk Gallery in South Yarra for an exhibition opening in March. Despite the short time frame I did have some work underway –

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From the siren, satyrs, sinners and saints series –

a good girl scout – never leaveshomewithoutherhanky
mixed media sculpture, ceramic, vintage meccano, ankle shoe studs, underglaze, engobe, terra sigillata, stains  45 x 35 x30 cm

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For those interested in process – she is hand built ‘Keane’s Special K” white groggy clay.
underglazed on her ‘hat’, engobe on her face, bisqued, then more stain and underglaze applied then fired to 1140 degrees.  Vintage meccano and a piece from one of my daughter’s broken sandals forms the shoulder pad (waste not)!! She then has a wax finishing on hat and a matt medium applied to the body for a bit of protection.