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Woman resting on a patchwork quilt




Having decided to create my own version of a sabbatical this year, I am temporarily and deliberately working without much direction and doing as I feel (sounds pretty pretentious and pompous perhaps but I assure you I have been working very HARD over the past ten years and it's good to step back and see where things are at). 




Wire flowers in vase



I still spend most of my time in the studio but rather than working relentlessly making things with a view to selling, the emphasis is on exploring and experimenting. 


Earthenware bowls on hand dyed and stitched linen mat
(on the projects page)




Working with clay is very meditative and demands a slower pace than what I have been used to. You can't hurry the drying and firing which means at least two weeks before one can see the results. 



The jewellery-making area



And here is an area of great explorations involving much trial and error, making use of recycled materials, found and re-purposed objects - odd, unusual, gnarled and beaten are the most inspiring.




Blue Moon 
Dyed wood and silver necklace



One of a few new pieces in the SPACE range, designed for
Nell's Emporium in Mosman Park. 

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Drawing life

Some recent works exploring the use of line on ceramics.


Using underglaze and the right dilution (trial and error) to achieve flow, rhythm, contrasts of transparency and solidity with the overall aim (flying by the seat of my pants) of creating an image that works.


Mind you it's not about achieving perfection. Mistakes and awkwardness can lend an air of spontaneity and surprise. 


The drawings themselves are reminders of freedom and playfulness, at-oneness with the natural world, dreaming and desire for exploration and expression. 



Luckily, I think, art offers all those aspects in abundance!



A lull in the proceedings

Lull ...

a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity. "for two days there had been a lull in the fighting" synonyms:pause, respite, interval, break, hiatus, suspension, cessation, interlude, intermission, breathing space, moratorium, lacuna


sleeping woman [after Matisse]



What a lovely word - lull! It's a perfect choice for describing how things are at the moment. I feel like sleeping ... shutting down ... pausing the proceedings. And so it might appear that not much is happening. Actually though, there's a lot going on since touching home base [temporarily]. Planning things, looking through the accumulation of drawings, revisiting ideas, reflecting, pondering.







Images from the little black travelling drawing book


Where to next ...?




Coming up ... Artists' Open House Fremantle [November 13-15] and Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar [December 4-6] 

Ceramics go-slow

If you don't mind low-key then you won't mind today's offering: A glimpse, an update, a behind-the-scenes view of an ever-so-slow process. When travelling, it's best to leave behind your concepts of time. Albert Einstein I think I am beginning to understand you.





 Bird cup and spot saucer





Two birds on a spotted plate






Removing the glaze from the base






 Checking the base is free from glaze





Waxing the base




The Yves Klein blue kiln