Thursday, September 30, 2010
This is one of a series of wall pieces from my current exhibition. It is based on leaf profiles for botanical taxonomy. I used a magnesium crawl glaze, a milky opaque glaze as well as black iron oxide lace stencil. The clay was mixed with coffee grounds to get the mottled brown effect on the surfaces.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I found a large egg in the banana grove a while back. It must of been there when the local roaming peacock and peahen were laying. I attempted to shake it to see if it was viable. It exploded in my hand. Our three metre python has wintered over on the hay bale on the verandah. We introduced two black pullets, names: Nubia and Kali. They are still pretty reticent to go into the coup.
I've been making preparations for my artist-in-residence at Cudgegong Gallery. I'll be staying in a cottage in the Gulgong countryside for a month making some new ceramic moulds and designing some patterns for linocuts and stencils.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
We had a busy afternoon in Ballina last Saturday demonstrating decorative techniques in porcelain. Ruth Park showed how to carve porcelain at leatherhard stage and Sue Fraser demonstrated modelling and tissue transfer of oxide designs. I showed how to use linocuts for embossing and sprigs for surface decoration.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Our group show in Ballina opens this Saturday 4th September. Still waiting on the catalogue printrun but everything else has come together. Ruth has ordered 3 kilos of baclava just in case the scones, jam and cream isn't enough.
The sculpture is from a series of four twins. Ovulation induction with IVF often leads to multiple pregnancy. I was reading about a surgeon who was performing selective termination on siamese twins in utero. He published a paper about aborting the conjoined twins while preserving the other foetus.