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Foraging and gathering

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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. 

underglaze colours 

clay, paint and a big fat brush -  a superb combination!
If you are in Singapore, you might like to check out Goodman Ceramics Studio. It's a place to go and do ceramics as well as buy supplies. 
Meanwhile ... I 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 sing. 








Less is more

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Now that I'm away from the studio for a while, I'm facing the challenges of getting by with less, which is generally not a bad thing  (you know, less is more etc.). Actually less is very challenging and starts with the moment you think about packing your bag and are faced with choices (not easy for a dyed-in-the-wool non-decision-maker like me). In the days before leaving home I treated myself to a new set of watercolours - not that I am a watercolourist - but how sweet it is to have the potential of a world of colour in the bottom of your minimalist bag (and which takes up so little room)



These images are in fact only postage stamp size (well actually about double that) and the result of reductively tearing up an A3 size painted page in halves to end up with very small images (does that make sense?)


Final step is photographing the interesting ones and editing for colour, filter etc
I think from here I could be inspired to reproduce these tiny images onto large canvases. A perfec…