Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cracking The Kiln

"Cracking the kiln" means to open the kiln just a crack to help cool down the kiln before emptying it. There are different schools of thought as to when to do this. If cracked too early you can loose all your work to thermal shock. However, when in a rush to get the kiln unloaded, one some times takes risks...

The "Cracked Kiln"
 Luckily for me, this was no such circumstance. Phew!

When cracking the kiln there is a sense of thrill as well as dread, what will the kiln hold? A trove of treasures or cracked rubbish?

Today the kiln holds goodies for the up coming Perth Upmarket. Below are photos of said treasures - no cracks!!!

Herb Labels
Black Bowls and Tumblers


Trinket Boxes

Work waiting to be sanded
Hope to see you at the Upmaket, this Sunday @ UWA 10am - 4pm

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Out On A Limb Eco Design Store

This lovely store in Maylands opened earlier this year. It has a great mix of adults and children's hand made and Eco friendly products including jewellery, textiles and home wares. Perfect spot to pop in for a special gift, then wonder up (or down) the road for a coffee.

They have a very good selection of my work. Especially tumblers and large salad bowls as well as some Floralware and other bowls from my Eucalypt Range.

Debbie and Kiri are the owners and are completely gorgeous!

Out On A Limb Eco Design Store
"Our ethos is to sell predominantly Australian and New Zealand made ecoO friendly sustainable products and to support local artisan talents to create an interesting mix of gifts and homewares."
Tues - Sat: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Studio Ground Work

Today was a day of "studio ground work". Next term I am running a coil bowl clay class. So I spent some time today making a coil bowl using the coil bowl I made a couple of years ago as an armature.

 It is extremely therapeutic to roll coils. The goal is to roll them all the same thickness to create even walls of the bowl. They are joined on the inside, being careful not to squash each coil too much so as not to lose the definition on the exterior.
 This photo is of the (almost) finished bowl, upside down of course. Tomorrow it will be dry enough to turn over....
Oh, the other thing I did today (ie 90% of the day) was to re-make the prototypes of all my moulds. Here they are under wraps, as they will stay until ready to show in their finished form.....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Trinket Box Clay Classes

Over the last six weeks I have been running three Trinket Box Clay Classes.

 The first two weeks we made trinket boxes, some with stamped decoration and some smooth ready for tissue transfers.

 They following few weeks we constructed the canisters. They are a bit like trinket boxes, only bigger...and harder.

One of the canisters we decorated with wax, waited a week then washed back the clay to create a relief pattern.

 Week five, out came the tissue transfers and off we went!

This week is the last week. Every thing has been bisc fired ready for glazing.
next week is pick-up week. I'm looking forward to seeing all the trinket boxes finished!