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Friday, August 26, 2011

Cook's first taste of the Great South Land!

This is not where I live (we don't have hills!!!) but its still a special family place and sharing it with my wonderful Mum makes it even more so.


This is my lovely Mum.
Coming home was filled with mixed emotions but I did feel inspired to fix that one annoying burner and throw some shino around on many pots. I love this little one in the rough local clay. Two firings seemed to bring out its true hidden qualities and I keep thinking it should stay in my cupboard - trouble is if you saw the pots I hate to let go you would shake you head!

I love the Weipa shino and its movements over bauxite and interactions with my glazes and have to consciously stop myself from using it on everything I make. Unfortunately my market is limited and the appreciative Shino buyers are too few....so the cupboards grow.......
Still all this is a good sign - I am back eager to get my hands in clay again when time permits.





5 comments:

Peter said...

Lovely photos, and nice to see you and your mum too. The commercial realities of potting are frustrating to put it mildly! I do love what you are doing with shino, and it is wonderful too that you are using your local materials (so few potters seem to these days). I was wondering how Etzy was working out for you, and if it helped you find a wider market? I do have thoughts about trying it myself, but wonder if the freight costs we have would kill it for us.

littlewrenpottery.co.uk said...

Interesting the clay looks really heavily grogged, not something I would go for just for my hands! I've thought about experimenting with clay from my garden but not really sure what kind of clay it is : z

mudheartpottery said...

Hi Peter. I do love my shino and always find the commercial bodies a bit bland so can't help throwing some local clay into the mix. As for Etsy - I am plagued by the tyranny of distance and the costs of sending overseas. Once you add packing weight it really becomes prohibitive unless its a tiny piece. I think with the Aust dollar so high now it really is not helping. We have an Aust site called Madeit but I think I will just have to focus on my local market and get back into cups and beakers!!!

mudheartpottery said...

Victoria, the clay is not too hard to throw - I don't do much preparation of the clay in this state but it still retains a creamy texture despite its appearance. I am lucky to live in this potter's paradise.

Salma Ashiq said...

Nature is amazing - look at the colors on that caterpillar - how would you notice him on the leaves!
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