I make most of my large items by using coils, this one above I have use RR clay (red raku) an Australian clay quite strong and sculptural). Picture to the left you can see the coils and it is at a building up stage. Photo to the right it have been completed with all decoration, and waiting to dry
On the left is the top of the bird bath which I made in a round mould and in the centre it shows it painted using underglaze and waiting to be bisqued, then glazed. To the right is the base now dried and waiting to be bisqued as well. I have painted the rings and will oxide the rest after bisquing.
The photos below show the base and top after they have been bisque fired at 1000 degrees centigrade. Now covered with clear glaze(the top) and the base( oxided and some clear glaze).
Below the bird bath completed.
Just attended Dagmar Binder's workshop in Stratford for three days. What inspiration, loved it and come home hoping there were many hours in the day, that I don't have to fill with chores instead spend the all day creating. Below some of the tings we did, unfortunately my ideas are brain bound so cant lay them on here
Been learning to throw with Jennifer Turnbull, at Otaki potters. She is fantastic font of knowledge and it has been fun. This is my third time trying to learn to throw but the first time with lessons and have decided to stick to it. Quite frustrating at times and great concentration needed.
Whatever I try to do I seem to only be able to make bowls, hopefully next term I will manage a cylinder or jug. Some of my trials below and more to come when fired
They are getting bigger slowly30/06/2016
Pots are getting bigger but still struggling at times with centering. It is like a yoyo, one day you are up doing well and then the next struggling so hard, it is frustrating. These below are my latest pots. They are getting bigger.
Been playing lately with the use of watercolour in pastels, as they make the pastels colour sing. I start up a painting with a plain painting in watercolour using base colours and then add pastels. The paintings are brighter, as you can still see some of the watercolour below. First painting below is a painting of a Kereru that I am painting at present
Just attended it in Auckland from the 26th of September till the 2nd of October. It took place at the Qualiti Hotel in Gladstone Road, Parnell in Auckland and at the Parnell School across the road. It was great to meet other 150 people that shared the same love and learn so much from the various tutors especially from the International tutor Fiona Duthie who is from New Foundland. So giving and sharing.
There were people from Hong Kong, Canada, America, Australia and from all over New Zealand.
Besides looking at samples sometimes we had a go and below some of the samples made.
Just laid out this new upwolfing scarf and on going through the dryer discovered that the silk did not work this time will have to try something different next time. Have removed it. But as they say your failures are always new discoveries. Picture of final thing coming soon.
This weekend I spent it in Collingwood learning new weaving techniques and looking at the various materials that we can find around us for weaving as well as all the recycling that can be used. Our course was one of six being run that weekend. I was so pleased to have learnt some English basket techniques and cant wait to have a go again, but what material to use? There are so many....
Also learnt how English weaving use twinning and randing which is moreless if not the same as Whatu work in raranga. Also learnt wading. A weekend well spent
To dye I lay out some leaves, branches and seeds on the silk and folded it, roll it and tie it ready for dye. If I want some tie dying then I will tie the silk or attach some bull clips to it to hold the bundle together as this gives black markings to the silk.
Now I either boil some of the leaves first to give colour to the water or just boil the bundle so I get just the leaf markings on the silk.
I am an artist and live on the Kapiti Coast. Presently I am completing a Bachelor of Maori Visual Art (Raranga). I work mainly with textiles (includes Raranga which is weaving with flax), clay and paint in pastels and weatercolours.