Thursday, November 28, 2013

 I have been making a few things lately
Stoneware bowls
This one had a copper slip applied when wet
I was doing a throwing demonstration at a community function
at the Merigur Historic park.
If you are ever any where near Mildura it is a fabulous park
all donated and maintained by local farmers, old school house,
blacksmith shop, bakery. A real live museum depicting  local heritage. 
Just to be clear it is a static display most days but several times a year 
it comes to life with all sorts of demonstrations and a fabulous lunch.

 Tenmoku and Hyacinth blue (with a green tinge)

This one had the copper slip applied also
Hyacinth blue glaze over the top.
There has been some Raku going on at TAFE
Couldn't resist putting a few things through.
I also fired a lidded box, the lid fitted easily before I fired it.
I might use the lid for a key hide.

This one still works.
The Mildura Pottery Club is a bit excited about the new space. 
Working bees are being planned for a concrete floor.

That's the next stage.
Walls will have to be stage 3.
There will be a roller door down near that trailer for clay delivery.
Freight cost are so high here we buy clay by the ton once per year, 
or thereabouts. 
We have been reading about a thermal regulator that works on drawing air
from a pipe buried 3 metres below the ground.
Sounds like I will have to fully investigate the concept before 
any concrete is poured.
I am sharing this post on Mud Colony

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Kiln repair

Both the kilns have been out of action
elemental troubles.

I had to replace one of the bricks ...
what a job!
The brick was just under the spy hole at the front which meant
I had to lean into the kiln on tippy- toes
and scratch away for about an hour basically upside down.

This is really a job for a flat chested tall person.
As the kiln was out of action, the pottery to fire, continued to build up
until there was no room left on the shelf.

I think we need a good look at all that is on the shelf.
The Pottery club may be having an exhibition at our local vet clinic.
They have just built a huge new clinic...
and given that our oil lamps are mainly animal themed

it seemed appropriate to showcase our work there.

The owners are art patrons and the walls have always been
covered in original artworks, so fingers crossed.

David has made another oil lamp...
this time it reflects the 2 bee keepers in the pottery club.
We have been lucky to have sampled the honey that was created here on the farm
by those clever bees. Thanks Michaal!
I will link this post to Mud colony. 
Check out what has been happening in some other pottery studios this week
by clicking on this link.