Friday, 31 December 2010
I attended a wonderful workshop in England with Sasha Wardell which truly was one of the highlights of the year as well as my visit to the V & A museum's Ceramics wing. I met so many wonderful people during the year through my teaching and travel and also through Ceramics S A, for whom I was the national selector at this year's National Exhibition and also I was honoured as a Fellow of this association this year.
Sadly my teaching at the University of Johannesburg as well as the Ceramic Department at that institution came to an end in 2010.
Looking ahead I see a full and exciting year. There are numerous exhibitions ahead along with the teaching and the continued exploration and hopefully development of my own work, for which I will have more time this year as well as some exciting marketing prospects which you will read about on these pages shortly. I am also very pleased to have been asked to be on a selection committee of an international ceramic competition in 2011 which is indeed an honour!
As we greet the year ahead with a renewed enthusiasm, may it be filled with many rewards for us all. Here's hoping that 2011 is the year that sees your dreams becoming reality, and may you all experience health, peace and prosperity!
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
|The selection process in the Western Cape|
|The magnificent surroundings at Grande Provence|
|An general view of the CSA National Exhibition|
|Part of my entry on the National Exhibition|
The day after returning home from the selections I was off to England to attend a workshop with renowned ceramist Sasha Wardell in Bradford-on-Avon. I have been a longtime admirer of Sasha's work and through her book 'Slipcasting' she had unknowingly been a major contributor to the development of my Bone China work.
|One of Sasha Wardell's beautiful pieces|
|Turning a form on the lathe|
After the workshop it was off to London for two days. One of these was spent at the new ceramic wing at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
|Part of the display at the V & A Ceramic wing|
It seems ludicrous to call it a 'wing' as it comprises the entire sixth floor of the museum. This was truly an experience over which I will never get! Seeing works that I had hitherto only seen on the printed page or computer screen was phenomenal! So much work. Far to much to list, but to see Bodil Manz's magnificently proportioned cylinders, Edmund de Waal's incredible installation of over 400 pieces placed way above the viewer (about three floors) and also to see the work of legendary names like Ruth Duckworth, Colin Pearson and Walter Keeler was almost to much to take in. This was an experience that words can never justify and to say I was moved by the occasion seems trite, and yet I cannot ever remember being this effected by ceramic work.
|A bird's eye view of Edmund de Waal's incredible installation|
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Saturday, 21 August 2010
|At the opening|
Sunday, 1 August 2010
If you wish to attend any of the workshops listed please book now to secure a place by mailing me: email@example.com
These are demonstrating workshops and a large amount of material is covered. I suggest you bring a notebook.
Cost R300.00 per workshop
Paperplaster; the mould making revolution: October 29th. The revolutionary paperplaster method has changed my approach to mould making forever. Introduced to me by Sandra Black as taught by Trudy Golley this is an excellent introduction to basic mould making as well as a great new method for those more experienced in this area. This method uses much less plaster than is usually used for mould making resulting in lighter easier to manage moulds. I will also be demonstrating and doing my best to take the mystery out of slip casting.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Thursday, 1 July 2010
|Photo courtesy of Marina Muhlberg|
Friday, 11 June 2010
Oh wow, an entry about soccer on my blog. Who'd ever have thought it!
Monday, 17 May 2010
Visit my website for further information on the workshops I am presenting
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Saturday, 1 May 2010
Saturday, 24 April 2010
|The stadium in the mist, Cape Town|
Monday, 12 April 2010
Friday, 9 April 2010
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Jim Gottuso's blog, Sofia's Dad's Pots is my choice for April's blog of the month. Certainly one of the more active of the ceramic bloggers, Jim keeps us entertained with stories and events of his life as both a father and a potter. he shares his thoughts as well as some of his really interesting inventions, such as glazing posts for bowls and mugs, freely and generously, in his frequent posts. Interspersed with these, are images of Jim's beautifully meticulous work, an example of which is shown here. Jim, all I can say is thank you for sharing your wonderful work, and your enjoyable anecdotes with us as Sofia's Dad. Long may you continue.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
Also check out Carole's own beautiful work on her personal website
Monday, 22 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
The first of these I am featuring is that of my friend and colleague Eugene Hon. This blog not only illuminates details of his process but also its archival and exploratory value for the research of his many projects. Those things that inspire or interest him are shared in a wonderfully informative way. His blog is crammed with items of value and examples of his exceptional drawings which direct his ceramic projects, as well as images of finished works and what it is that informs them. I feel that he has truly created a blog both brave and inspirational in concept, and well worth a visit to anyone wanting to get an insight into what Eugene's creative process encompasses.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Thursday, 14 January 2010
I have been busy with new body tests, I am exploring alternatives with the bone china I developed for my work. I find testing and research one of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of my work. Also have got hold of additional soluble salts I am experimenting with. No results as yet but will post images of some new work as soon as I have. For now, here is an image of work made towards the end of last year.
I have recently started a Facebook group called 'Ceramic Solutions' which is a forum for the discussion of faults and remedies and all things technical related to ceramics. If you haven't already done so let me invite you to join.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Saturday, 2 January 2010
I want to take a little time to review the year just passed before I start with new plans for 2010. For me 2009 was an incredible year. Starting with the World Ceramics Biennial in Korea, where I had work accepted and shown. This was the first time I had entered an international competition, and what an honor it was to be a part of this magnificent collection of ceramics. I sold my fist piece of work outside South Africa through the Cecilia Coleman Gallery in London. I was one of the 'Ikons of South African Craft' at Decorex in Johannesburg and I participated in a number of group shows in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. I had and article published in 'Ceramics Technical' on developing translucent bodies. I was asked to be a selector for the Ceramics Southern Africa Regional Exhibition in Pretoria. I was also accepted as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. 2009 saw the end of my time as a full-time lecturer in Ceramic Design at the University of Johannesburg, one of the most rewarding periods I can recall, I will be continuing this year on a part-time basis. And last, but certainly not least, I made many incredible contacts through my blog and Facebook. For all of the above I am very thankful and filled with gratitude. As I said at the beginning of this post, it certainly was an incredible year for me and I can only say may it continue in 2010.