Sunday, July 31, 2011

pretty pots

Another beautiful shot from Carmel.

Friday, July 29, 2011

gc potters exhibition 2011

My entry for the Gold Coast Potters' Association Annual Members Exhibition 2011;
Lorikeet Feather Nesting Dishes
Wheel thrown + altered stoneware, hand painted underglaze, clear + cobalt gloss glazes, fired to 1275C oxidation in an electric kiln

The show opens at 3pm on Saturday 13 August at The Clay Art Benowa Gallery, Corner Ashmore Rd + Carrara St, Benowa, Gold Coast.

*photography: Carmel Dunne

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

miami marketta | arts creative

I'm stoked to announce that I will have a stall at the inaugural Miami Marketta Arts Creative on Friday 12th August! This new market is hosted by Rabbit + Cocoon, a new multi-arts hub on the Gold Coast.

Monday, July 25, 2011

roasted emu?

The emu feathers, under a clear glaze, fired to cone 9 oxidation. 

Next time I'll apply more, stronger layers of the underglaze pencil ^

fired sticks

I've finally fired my stick insect and emu feather test pieces and am pretty chuffed with them! The brown underglaze pencil did fade a little, so I know to be more heavy handed with it next time (and must remember not to smudge it off with my hand...!), but the Duncan EZ Strokes have worked perfectly well - awesome considering they are only designed for earthenware temperatures.

[click to enlarge + see detail]

Sunday, July 17, 2011

colour me glaze

I've been working on expanding my glaze colour range, by adding commercial stains to my clear gloss glaze.

Red - Walkers FW5827
[l-r: 0.5%, 1%, 4% + 4%]
Orange - Walkers FW5808 
[l-r: 0.5%, 1%, 4% + 4%]
Inspired by Lindsay of Suite One Studio, Green
[l-r: 4% Yellow Walkers FW5400 + 0.5 %, 0.75%, 1%, 1.5%, 1.75%, 2%, 2.5%, 2.75% + 3% Copper Carbonate]

I've found that the red and orange stains have changed the gloss of the clear glaze slightly, so I may have to fire them to a cooler temperature.  The yellow + copper carbonate green keeps it's shine beautifully, but over 2.5% the copper carbonate became inconsistent, however the form and texture of the test tiles (mostly smashed up cracked bisque ware!) may be the cause of this.  Next, trying them on pots!
*EDIT: Silly me, I forgot to say that all of these samples were fired to cone 9 oxidation in an electric kiln!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

me at QCA!

A small selection of my work will be on display outside the Griffith University Queensland College of Art library until July 31, as part of the jewellery and small objects exhibition inspired by the 4th Biennial Australian Animal Studies Group Conference 2011 (mouthful much?!)
Many thanks to convenors Elizabeth Shaw + Renata Fojtikova!
[Works on bottom shelf: Sharon Muir]