Saturday, August 29, 2009

Busy, busy...

Life has been extremely busy over the last few weeks. I seem to be juggling even more than usual.

CAAWA has their annual selective exhibition coming up soon, here is sneak preview of one of the vases I am making for that show. I have been playing around with tissue transfers. I have designed a new line for my tableware using these transfers. Trouble is I haven't had time to make anything yet. Watch this space for actual work!

My clay classes are coming to a wrap up. My students have been popping in over the last few days to finish off their clocks before we bisque fire them on Monday.

My friend Kim is pictured here crash drying her stencil design.

This is Tessa exploring the studio. Now she is walking she is allowed to come in from time to time. The kids love coming in the studio. Not sure I feel the same way! They were very good this day. It was raining outside so they couldn't be banished to the sandpit...
This is what my "waiting to be bisque fired" table looks like at the moment. I have clocks and hand print tiles all waiting to be fired. Hand print tiles are running hot in the lead-up to father's Day next Sunday.

The Ardross Primary School mural is well under way. This week we painted about 130 tiles. Here is a sample of the class doing costume as a sub theme.
The other thing (no photos) I am working on is the next Perth Up Market. Put this date in your diary. Sunday 13th September 10am - 4pm Perth Town Hall - see you there.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Primary school mural

I am working with a local primary school to make a 400 tile mural. The school has 54 different nationalities so it is an international theme we are working with.
The Young children are pressing their hands in the tiles as a representation of welcoming, unity and inclusiveness . The older children will be painting their designs on the tiles. Each class has a different sub-theme. Sport, clothes, flags, language, music, animals and Australian flora are the themes.
I started with the pre-primary kids. The photos are of the hand pressing and name stamping.

I made a set of ceramic lower case letters many years ago. Because they are hand carved they are different sizes and look a bit like kids writing, so perfect for this project.

My clay class students are starting to make the clocks they designed.
Everyone has come up with individual and interesting designs. I can't wait to see them finished.
Here is an image of Kerry's clock under construction.