Saturday, 29 January 2011


Two pieces from yesterday's firing. I like the broad white rim on the top piece. The bowl below it is very small. I have glazed it on the inside resulting in a different look and feel.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Wonderful Weekend, this one past

The view I woke to each Morning
This past weekend I was in KZN as a guest of Andrew and Leanda Walford.  I was there to present a workshop to the local branch of Ceramics S A and was fortunate enough to spend the weekend in the Walford's home. What a luscious part of our country this is! It was a privilege to spend hours talking about ceramics in those beautiful surroundings, enjoying food out of his magnificent work and just generally throwing ideas around. Andrew will be running a workshop at his studio in a few months time and I cannot urge you strongly enough to be there. He is, in my opinion, a national treasure and I felt honoured to spend time in his company, as I am sure you will.

Ceramic Collective at Market on Main. Photo Colleen Lehmkuhl
Also this past Sunday was the opening of Market on Main. What an incredible turn-out there was to the first day and I am sure this is going to be a truly worthwhile venture. A group of us have got together to form 'Ceramics Collective' an mix of local ceramists currently comprising Colleen Lehmkuhl, Dale Lambert, Elsbeth Burkhalter, Hazel Sherman, Julie Lovelace, Karen van der Riet, Michelle Legg, Sandy Godwin and myself, with a shared vision "to create a destination for those interested in fine ceramics made by hand for the discerning eye."  'Ceramics Collective' will be at Market on Main every Sunday so make sure to get there soon!

Monday, 10 January 2011


I love discovering new books and I find this to be a particularly beautiful one. Really wonderful to look at and at the same time a great book to read, filled with personal stories and insights from a variety of makers, including a number of ceramists the book also contains a highly informative 'behind the scenes' section.

I quote from the cover "In a retail environment where product design is becoming a cloned marketplace, Batch celebrates those products which have a story behind them and which have a high level of care and finish, which make them stand out in a crowd."
I consider this new publication a truly remarkable and rewarding find. Highly recommended to all makers and collectors of fine pieces.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

New Year Resolutions

I very seldom make New Year Resolutions, mainly because I forget about making them. This year I have one and that is to update the blog on a more regular basis and to include more images in my posts. I am fortunate enough to be able to do what I love and I am resolved to continue doing so. Happy New Year!