Sunday, 13 December 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Sunday, 30 August 2009
When using wax resist on my work I find it easier to see the design if I add a one or two coloured candles to the mix. The mix I use is 2 parts candles to 1 part paraffin (kerosene), The mixture is heated to a liquid and brushed on to the work. Take care not to overheat the mixture as it is highly flammable.
Once the wax is applied the piece is washed with a solution of Cobalt Chloride and fired to 1260oC giving the result seen here.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Here I use rubber latex as a resist method that I apply with a squeeze bottle(see insert in image). After applying the designs rinse out the nozzle with water.
Monday, 17 August 2009
This is a brief tag on to yesterday's thoughts. I am sitting at the computer while listening to Kath Bloom's most recent album 'Terror'. I am completely seduced by it. This is by no stretch of of the imagination mainstream music. For me the appeal is the complete honesty not only of the music but also in the performance, the baring of the heart which in turn registers deep within me. This is what I would call true communication.
The ceramics of Sandy Brown elicit a similar response in me.
It takes courage to stand in these places of extremely personal expression.
What are your thoughts on this?
Sunday, 16 August 2009
It’s ultimately all about communicating. No matter what creative endeavour occupies our time we are doing it to communicate. Sometimes it is a specific message we want to convey, and sometimes it’s like shouting out to whoever’s listening “Hey notice me!”
I have been considering my work lately with the idea of communication in mind. Looking at what precisely I want to communicate through my work.
Particularly when I am decorating my pots I feel I am in touch with an aspect of the unconscious. In this place I experience vulnerability coupled with the freedom and joy of self expession. I am hoping that this is transmitted to the viewer of my work in some way, and if it is then the communication is successful.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
This year I was honoured to be chosen as one of the Ikons of South African craft at Decorex Johannesburg. Each of the 17 Ikons selected had a panel on show together with a selection of their work. The total effect was quite stunning and this is the panel that was produced for me.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
What a week this promises to be! Firstly I am part of the exhibition 'Ceramic Convergence' together with friend and colleague Eugene Hon as well as Lesley Anne Hoets and Gemma Orkin. The exhibition opens on Thursday 6.00pm at Objekt in Parktown North, Johannesburg, South Africa. If you are in the vicinity come and take a look at this most exciting show.
Secondly on the same date, I am honoured to have been asked to be a part of the 'South African Craft Icons' show at Decorex. And finally also at Decorex on the 6th my work will be on show at the Ceramics S A display.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
July has been quite a month as far as producing work goes. I am busy making for an exhibition opening at 'Objekt' on August 6th as well as for 'Decorex' opening on the same day. These are 3 pieces that were in yesterday's firing.
Monday, 13 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
On the 20th of June I went to the opening of Clementina van der Walt's new exhibition at the Kim Sacks Gallery in Parkwood, Johannesburg.
The work in the main part of the gallery pulsates with colour and energy which could only be borne of Africa, and this work is juxtaposed with a beautifully elegant display of monochromatic pieces on the other end of the exhibition space. Clementina's work is always a joy to see and if you are in the area I urge you to visit the exhibition before the end of its run on the 12th of July
This past weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of attending a workshop by Cape Town ceramic artist Lisa Firer. I have loved her work for years, and her workshop revealed someone of immense generosity and professionalism. How wonderful it is to see other ceramists sharing their stories and working methods. Her work is dependant on the interplay of light and the extreme delicacy is breathtaking. Visit her website to see examples of her truly beautiful porcelain pieces.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
Towards the end of last month I came across a mention of paperplaster on a website. It sounded amazing and I contacted a number of people regarding this and will be forever grateful to Sandra Black, the renowned Australian ceramist, for responding so generously to my enquiry. I was blown away with her unbelievably detailed reply. She also forwarded my mail to Trudy Golley, who came up with the method.
Trudy Golley also replied and informed me that an article she wrote on paperplaster would appear in the next issue of 'Ceramics Technical' the ceramic journal. I have just read it and it is a complete step by step guide to her process. Talk about syncronicity!
I have made a number of moulds this week using this revolutionary process. It has completely changed my approach to mould making forever. No more cottle problems. Lightweight moulds and most exciting, moulds that can be used the day after making. Truly a miracle
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Well......Tonight there is work in the kiln!
And it does not seem to make any difference how long I have been doing this, I am always so excited for tomorrow when I open the door.
PS I came across the term 'Paper Plaster Moulds' today in a blog I read. Evidently the moulds are much lighter and easier to store. Sounds too good to be true! If anyone could give me any more info on this I would truly appreciate it.