I love this time of the year with lots of markets, which means lots of new people to meet and value customers to see. If you’re in the city any of these dates do call at the BrisStyle Markets, the home of the best artists/crafts market in Australia and it’s right on your door step.
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I’ve just kicked off a gloss firing that will be ready for this Saturday’s 1st market of the year. I’m really looking forward to it as City Hall is such a beautiful setting for the market. Stunning architecture with ceilings that go on forever, old world charm with the best handmade market in Australia.
I’ve signed up to be at all the market dates below:
Once I have the site map later this week I will post where you can find all the lovely BrisStyle Marketeers and me.
Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you Saturday.
Teapots are challenging to make well. It’s a balancing act of function, design and imagination. Function – ensuring the spout pours well. When you fill the teapot the water doesn’t come streaming out the spout. The handle is comfortable and the teapot is balanced to hold and pour, and that’s before you even get to any quirky design additions. The whole process just spins around in my head like a slow playing movie reel trying to keep it all the elements together. Then, there’s the added challenge that I’m using Southern Ice Porcelain
I had a special order over Christmas for a teapot and here’s some of the photographs I took before decorating and bisque and gloss firings.
The body was thrown, then two spouts and lids made. All were on a boards and allowed to get to a soft leatherhard stage. Attachment and refining of the additions. The handle was made, let firm up, then added. The teapot was then wrapped in 3 layers and dried very slowly over 3 weeks. Then I applied my design using the tradition Mishima process of drawing into the clay, the adding colour and wiping back. Another couple of days drying and into a bisque firing (15 hours), cooling of kiln 24hrs, the teapot was glazed and added to a gloss firing (22hrs), cooling of kiln 28hrs. Open the door and it’s ready. This is why a when I’m asked for a special order, it can take 4-8 weeks depening on the item and at what firing cycle I’m at in the studio. I don’t run my kiln other than when it’s full.
Wow, I can’t believe it’s the 11th of January already. I hope you had a wonderful break and family get togethers over the holidays. My favourite part is planning the menu and making family favourites we only have a Christmas. This is only surpassed by the happy little faces of our children opening their gifts, together with Christmas crackers, jokes and those party hats (we all wear).
2014 is off and running and I’m busy building a new website (I’ll post on here when it’s ready) and while working out some new designs that have been swirling around in my head for far too long, I’m trying to fit in lots of reading. I’ve managed to finish some new books on Matthew Flinders (one of my favourite explorers) and his letters to Anne Flinders and finally jumped on Instagram (pattiemurray1) where lots of studio shots will be added during the year.
On Tuesday the families shipping me off to Canberra to visit Mapping Our World.
I was so fortunate to receive a copy of the book that accompanies the exhibition for Christmas and if you wanted a sneek peek of what this exhibitions all about use the link below: