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7th June…..

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Having spent the long weekend in Albany Western Australia, in absolutely sublime weather and with fab friends and having collected the small shells that I can only get from Emu Point and NOW I’m back to my new workshop ( not really new just a different spot) I’m still unpacking boxes but I thought leave it all and start touching some clay which has been a few weeks.  I didnt realise how  much I had actually missed it.  Well now I’m on a roll and I cant stop!!!  Which is good because I have delivery dates scheduled and I need to really work hard to fulfill them.   That little break was enough to give me the kick in the behind to get on with it.  I still have boxes to unpack and I cant find all the bits & bobs that I need but what the hell it will happen and least I’m producing!!!  My kiln has been properly connected but I havnt been able to give it a test run yet but hopefully all will be well.  Another great thing is that if I need a break I can just go for a walk on the beach rain  or shine, what inspiration and relaxation…..

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This is my last load of greenware at my current workshop.  Unfortunately my life has taken a dramatic upheaval and I am currently changing locations.   The next firing I do will be in a new workshop which will be a little smaller but has the added bonus of being directly across from the beach which is lovely to be able to escape to whenever I want, which has been sometimes three times a day!!!  The majority of my workshop hasnt been shifted yet so I have the gruesome task of having to do this bit by bit a most things have to be shifted by hand.  Woe is me!!!  Also my kiln has to be rewired so there will be delays in store for me so patience will have to be my motto for the coming weeks.  I will keep you posted….

15th December…

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Ship Ahoy!!! One of the bigger ships finally finished and ready to set sail.
Bit by bit I’m finally finishing all the little bitty boats and the bigger ships as well. Nearly there, I haven’t had much time unfortunately so it’s bit by bit to get things done. It’s very frustrating when I have quite a few new ideas but need the time to make a start on new things. It’s a slow process being a ceramicist!!!!!

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8th December……

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I have spent a long and happy day yesterday working in my studio. It is such a mess but I did sweep the floor!!! However I have accomplished a small amount and the kiln has cooled nearly so I will unpack that this afternoon.

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The wooden mounts are ready for their little bitty boats and one of the areas that I enjoy are adding all the finishing touches to their personalities.
My daughter who in her younger days used to collect strange things (wonder where she gets that from!) has kindly given me a full jar of rusty bottle tops to use for the vessels so I’m in luck as otherwise I would be scouring the sides of the road!!!!! She feels that she won’t find a use for them herself. Her loss my gain.
Also I was given this beautiful piece of wire from a friend which I am trying to keep as it is, so my mind has started picturing it in its finished piece already.

7th December…..

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Finally in my workshop and enjoying every minute of it!!! It’s a nice sunny day and the pool looks fabulous but still to chilly for me “brrrrr”. I have been making lots of little bitty boats for some driftwood mounts, so I have ten of those underway and I have the kiln on “yaayyyy” !!!! Which is full of sails and some more larger boats so that will be ready tomorrow ( fingers crossed). I am so looking forward to getting some pieces finished as it has been so long since I’ve had some proper sculptural art ready to go to the galleries.

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These are two pictures of my beach finds from yesterday, when I went for a quick explore with the dog. Isn’t it amazing what you can find in a short amount of time.
Well lunch is over back to the workshop and hopefully I will be blogging more now that I have more to tell you.

18th August…..

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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!

21st January…..

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IMG_1484New pieces being made for the Survey, its hard to imagine but they will be the leaves on an underwater reef. Its an interpretation of the struggle for survival of our coastline when there is manmade rubbish littering the ocean floor. Obviously it is only in the beginning stages but I will be finished by the end of the week and then you will understand it!!!! I will keep you posted, have a good week.

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