These days it's just work work work ... not that I am complaining because it's ART work and CREATIVE work and THINKING work ... a jolly mix of sorts in the lead up to the next market in two weeks time.
I am constantly amazed and humbled by the level of sophistication, not to mention dedication, inherent in the artisan traditions here in Bali. I know so little (I'm rather embarrassed to say) however I do know that I appreciate them very much! This is a place where it is the norm, rather than the exception, to spend one's time in making things by hand.
Recently I did some research on the use of natural dyeing in Bali (online, of course and from the comfort of my small but perfectly comfortable villa nestled in the rice fields ... nothing hard about this kind of research!) and discovered Tarum Natural Dye in Gianyar.
black dye vat
It is a small and seemingly very productive company, started by two brothers in 2001 who did the research, learning about the plants, the traditional techniques and processes of natural dyeing in order to create a viable business. Visitors are welcome and I gather they offer workshops (see their Facebook page). Spending time with An…
Where does a wayward blogger begin? What do I want to say, I wonder (reminded of my friend's admonishment at the lack of posting: "what, you've got nothing to say?!!)
The road and canal in front of the house
I think for now I'll start with place: always good to know where one is located. I'm currently in a place called Penestanan, a village within the Ubud area in Bali, three and a half hours from Perth, easy to get to and a good place to settle, albeit temporarily. This is a place which calls and inspires, not so much for its beauty as for the way it embraces creativity as a natural part of life.
On the outskirts of Ubud A short post, a tentative toe-in, a way to place both the writer and the reader in a shared context of creativity, productivity and meaning. Lofty words I know ... I shall try to live up to them!
Two months after having decamped to the tropics some 2000 km north (leaving all my art and clay supplies at home), I am at last settling back into working with clay. A 30kg bag, some basic tools and simple forms to get the ball rolling (unintended pun!)
I'm always happy to work with the bare minimum - fewer variables, less choices, more play! However, the other day, heading to Singapore on a day trip for a visa extension, I discovered a ceramics studio with all the supplies I could possibly need ... including some colour underglazes.
laguna underglaze colours and a big soft brush
underglaze applied on greenware
the glaze-fired version
If you are in Singapore and curious to track down some ceramics supplies, you could check out Goodman Ceramics Studio. It's also a place to go and do ceramics as well as buy supplies.
Meanwhile ... I will continue to battle with the pinch pot. Such a simple form and technique, but amazingly tricky to get the exact degree of imperfection that makes it…