I always look out for unusual marks or patterns that we can find in nature and these two are a perfect example of the beauty to be found if you just have a look around. This a form of lichen on some beach rocks but what interests me is not what it is but rather the great shapes that nature has made. I think people must think i’m a bit strange so I don’t go around discussing these little hobbies that I have!! Rocks, sticks, bone, shells, wire anything can become a fascinating adventure in my strange mind. A lot of the things that I do find of course become incorporated within my art as you can see by the ceramic pieces that I make. Sometimes that is the best part about being a fossicker, is finding the next thing you are going to use in a piece and knowing as soon as you see it what it will be used for!!! So next time you throw away that tin of rusty bits & pieces when you are having a clean out, think of me!!!! I would have loved that!!!
October 13, 2014
We had our first swim & dive of the summer season last weekend and even though the water was a tad fresh! it was definitely worth it, can’t wait for summer to arrive… The water was a crystal clear turquoise and the day was warm, I swam and my family snorkelled and dove on the reef surrounding the edge of the bay. I managed to have a bit of a fossick around and found some lovely small shells but the day was just perfect for just lazing on the sand and enjoying the sunset. We finished off with fish & chips mmm……
September 16, 2014
As you can see by the date of this post I have had a couple of weeks away from my workshop and any blogging. I think I needed it, but also I think time has flown once again and I am in demand to do some pieces for two galleries and a commission for a customer. So back to work and stop grumbling!!! I gave my workshop a partial spring clean which always gives me the kick up the behind needed to start work on new projects as its all spick & span. But I’ve only done half and a good sweep & dust so all is good. As you can see by the photos I’m doing boats on wood and also some little boat people as they are popular in Busselton because they are small and easily able to travel home with you. I’ve done all the actual vessels and chosen the wood for the bases which is always good fun and Ive made a list of all the further things to do. Im going to do a couple of markets hopefully, one before Christmas and a few in the new year so I need to change tack of my usual art pieces as markets like small, easily carried and packed things!!! So the next few weeks should be fun as Im going to do decorative wall tiles, magnets, mobiles, some jewellery and local greeting cards. I’m not giving away to much at the moment as I havnt started the smaller pieces yet, but I used to do lots of markets a few years back and really enjoyed them and the interaction & feedback from customers. So I will keep you posted…
August 25, 2014
Well thats another two shows over for another year whew!!! I had twenty three pieces altogether and twenty sold, so I’m quite happy about that. Both weekends were successful for the hosts as well so everyone is happy right?
Now onto the next project which is going to be more sculptural and is due early early September Eeeek!!!! I obviously work better under pressure and with a deadline looming. Talk soon I have to go sculpt!!!
August 18, 2014
The exhibition in Fremantle went really well and most pieces were sold except for two and strangely enough I thought those two pieces would be the ones to move first. Unfortunately I could not attend but it was a successful weekend for those involved and it was good to see my name alongside the likes of Sandra Black and Greg Crowe to name a few who are my peers in the ceramic world and if I had run into them I would have felt quite daunted by their presence because then I would feel my work wasnt up to the standard being shown. BUT then my pieces SOLD so all of that worrying and anxiety goes up in smoke dosnt it. Its a see-saw kind of life being an artist!