Thursday, May 31, 2012


Fellow clay geek Adriana Christianson has donated a lovely bowl to the Gold Coast Potters Association Empty Bowls 2012 Silent Auction - when she mailed the piece to Queensland, she snuck in a tiny hand painted brooch for me! I nearby provide evidence that I LOVE it and wore it to work today.
[gasp! it's me!]

It reminds me of a Turkish Nazar.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

miro feathers.

Last week I posted these photos on Facebook and I am blown away with the positive response. I'm not sure if it's the designs themselves, or the jump into a new style that has caught everyone's attention. Either way, it got me thinking and I returned to some sketchbook work that I started before Christmas - pulling apart the colour sections in my feather designs and simplifying them.

[miro feathers?]

I think I like you?

Thursday = Mud Colony!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

travel treasures: allysha hurd

Possibly my favourite place on Granville Island, Vancouver: The Gallery of BC Ceramics. I brought this little gem home with me, a rich red stoneware teabowl with a slightly macabre bird design by Allysha Hurd.


I nearby invite you to a Spanish fiesta of art, sangria, flamenco music and pretty dresses! The Art of Spain group show opens at 19 KAREN on Saturday 9 June, 6 - 8pm and I would LOVE you to come celebrate with me! 
It's my very first official group show and I'm rather excited! You can see a preview of the artworks right here.

kris coad studio visit

This post is embarrassingly belated. Not only did I only begin to type this in February, I have left it to MAY to finally publish it. I can't give you a good reason as to why. So here it is!

During my Christmastime visit to Melbourne, I was fortunate enough to meet the astonishingly talented still life artist, Anita Mertzlin, who in turn is good friends with Melbourne ceramicist Kris Coad and arranged a studio visit for me. Cue fan girl moment.

I read about Kris' work in early 2011 in The Journal of Australian Ceramics. Her striking wheel thrown porcelain tableware instantly fascinated me and in March 2011 I was drooling over her Craft Victoria studio visit photos. Need I explain how downright excited I was at the prospect of meeting Kris myself and visiting her studio?

I was in fact, so overcome with awe and excitement, that I could barely string a sentence together. Poor Kris must have wondered what kind of crazy clay junkie she had let into her workspace!

Gasworks Art Park

I feel so honoured to have been given a sneak peak into Kris' work space - I only hope that next time I meet her I will remember to say something comprehensible!

[Massive thanks to Annie, Kris, Sally and Kerry!]

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

more miro cups

I like to think of myself as an organised person. I keep a diary, I make lists, I set goals. But so often I underestimate how much time I need to complete a project and so end up working right to the deadline. 

These cups are, in theory, to be a side project to my Miro dishes in The Art of Spain which opens in 17 days. 
Fingers crossed, eh?

Thursday = Mud Colony! Thanks to the marvelous Adriana for her hard work for our little community x

travel treasures: grace lee

Visiting the Craft Council of British Columbia's retail space on Granville Island, Crafthouse, was a real treat. I fell in love with Grace Lee's birch collection.

[this dish is tiny, only 11 cm wide!]
It was also interesting to experience the Canadian equivalent of Australian state peak bodies for art and craft, such as Artisan in Brisbane and Craft Vic in Melbourne.

Monday, May 21, 2012

travel treasures: don hutchinson

Granville Island in Vancouver is packed full of studio potters. This gorgeous tiny bird dish was made by Don Hutchinson, who works out of Kingsmill Pottery Studio.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

home again.

I landed back on the Gold Coast today, but I think I left my heart on Long Beach last week.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
[that's me, the beach explorer]

Monday, May 07, 2012


Travels; Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland.