I enjoy teaching people the process of making the cups. It's so simple and so much fun! We use nature and impress leaves etc onto the slab template and then make a cup from that. You can make as many cups as you like and the workshop only costs $25, glazing and postage is extra.
I've been working at the Pilliga Pottery for 2 years now and I'm still loving it! This teapot is the kind of work we do here. It's all Earthenware and the colours are stunning, of course.... because they don't burn out in the high temperatures.
I came to Mackay in June to work on the sugar harvest driving a tractor and trailer. I've learned much about life and myself, the last couple of months have been just amazing. I am currently staying on an alpaca farm in Marian, which is 30km north of Mackay. I have seen crea (baby alpacas) being born and hand fed pigs, I've experienced living with a silky rooster who guards 4 little silky chicks with his life and they are not even his! I'm enjoying bush walking and being creative at Pioneer Potters who have been around for approx. 30 years and I'll soon be establishing a Facebook site for them.
Well it's been a long time indeed. Since I was on this blog last I've been to New Zealand and to America. The NZ trip was a holiday and the trip to America was a personal development course called Avatar. One of the best courses I've ever done, it all about beliefs and how they run our lives!
So now that I'm back, I'm doing something with my life ..... I'm "being" a ceramic artist :-) I'm starting a business through NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme). I've been studying for the last 6 weeks or so doing a Small Business Management course and now I'm in the process of applying for market stalls all over the Sunshine Coast and Gympie area.
At the end of every year, the Diploma students have an exhibition at which they organise everything themselves, from painting the plinths to getting the exhibition published in the media. For my part in this exhibition I put together a Chai Tent with a marquee dressed up in prayer flags and I served free bottomless Chai Tea to anyone who bought a cup, I sold approximately 15 cups that night. as well as about 8 candle sleeves (see photo on right). In addition to this most successful night, I also took home an award for mentorship with the Eumundi Markets worth $300. Thank you so much Peter Homan - the General Manager at the markets who organised the award.
The red dot means they've sold Yay!
The lady at the bank saw me taking a photo of the cheque on the floor while I was waiting to be served. When I got to the counter, she asked me if I'd like a photo taken with my very first cheque as an artist......
Surgery time....because the kiln I bought was second hand it did have a small repair job to do, maybe small to experienced people but for me, it was big! Getting the right tools was a major drama.
The kiln lid is repaired and ready to go, ain't she gorgeous?
Today was a special day, one I've been looking forward to for many years.....especially the last two years. Since I started at TAFE my goal was to sell my products at the markets and today I did just that.....I also met a lovely couple of stall holders, Chris from Elemental Treasures even presented me with a gorgeous gift as I left. If you are looking for gift ideas for Christmas, come and have a look at what the Eumundi Markets have to offer, many stalls are selling hand crafted locally made items at very reasonable prices and these are gifts you won't find anywhere else. Now it's back to the studio for me to continue with making cups for the Brush and Burn Exhibition on the 26th of November at Noosa Tafe, click here for more information.
It's been a while since I've been here to update what I've been up to. Firstly, my first solo firing went well, there were no dissappointments and I learnt a lot about my kiln. So now the school holidays have finished and I spent 2 weeks thinking about what I need to do to get things moving (also known as procrastination). My first day back at TAFE today proved very fruitful because one of my teachers, Andrew Bryant - the best teacher in the whole wide world......sat down with me and helped me work out what was stopping me. I am seeking perfection.......I've just got to let go of that, it's like an attachment.......something I need to let go of, to allow me to move forward! This Visual Arts TAFE course is much more than just a Visual Arts TAFE course.......it really gets you to look at what's inside, bring it to the surface and let it out!
Since I've been at TAFE, the firing of my work has been done for me, learning a little here and there as I go. It's very different when you have to fly solo.....it's also very exciting, because once I get to know my kiln (cause they're all so different) I will have total control (and responsibility of course)!
I'm sure this doesn't excite very many people but, it's my blog :-) and I'm excited! The kiln is not fully loaded yet of course....I need to get out there and create, create, create. I've just finished my artist contract for the end of year exhibition so now I can get into it. I'll keep you all posted.
This photo was taken by a friend of mine who happens to be a professional photographer and photography teacher. We were in a Chocolate Shop in Sydney, I guess that's why my eyes have a glazed over look! If you're in Sydney and need some photography done or want to learn about photography yourself, check out his website - http://luminere.com.au
I have been living on the Sunshine Coast for almost 2 years, during which time I have been studying Visual Arts at TAFE Noosa campus. The teachers there are just the most wonderful, friendly, helpful and adorable teachers I've ever experienced.