Tuesday, 19 January 2010

A Peek at My New Body

I am often in a quandary when I am working on something new. Do I show it before it is fully developed or do I wait until everything is finalized? Well, I am showing this before the final tests have even taken place. I am so excited with the results. Here is a peek at the new body I am working on. More info to follow soon.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

New Year - New Work

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

And so it Begins

With the festivities behind us it is time to face 2010. So begins a new period in my life; I will be lecturing only on a part-time basis at the university. I am busy re-designing my website to include the courses that I am putting together to present this year, as well as more information on my work and where it can be seen. I am also currently developing a new clay body , but more on that when it is done.
The year ahead is rich with promise and I look forward to its unfolding.
May it be filled with the realisation of many dreams and exciting new realities for all.
I try to include an image in all my posts, but as I have not produced any new work yet this year as I am still looking for studio space, I therefor include an image from my last firing of 2009.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Another Year, Come and Gone

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.