Open Studios…..

Starts tomorrow – looking for something different to do this weekend…..Jump on the Australian Ceramics website:

http://australianceramics.com/home/   Follow the links to  Open Studios – Unearth Your Local Potter

Here’s a link to an interview on Radio National with our President of the Australian Ceramics Association – Shannon Garson from the Sunshine Coast.

Potters all over the Queensland and Australia have opened their studios this weekend –

Listen here: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2014/08/bst_20140815_0854.mp3

Now if there’s one thing close to a potters heart other than pots, it’s food. I’ve just popped into the over two chocolate cakes:

Recipe:  Super Easy (very delicious) Chocolate Cake

1 cup organic s/r flour

1 cup organic raw sugar

1/3 cup cocoa

1/3 cup organic butter (softened)

1/2 cup organic full cream milk

2 organic eggs

Directions:  sift dry ingredients into bowl of mix master, then add wet ingredients. Mix on med/high for 4 minutes until light and fluffy.  Bake in a square or round lined cake tin for 35-40 minutes on a 160 oven.

Ice with your favourite icing or for simplicity dust with some pure icing sugar.

Serve with a cuppa coffee, tea or hot chocolate…..enjoy.

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I was was going to post a photo of the first chocolate cake out of the oven, but wordpress uploader isn’t working, so it’s a oldie but a goodie – a cup for your your tea or coffee instead.

If you’re around the Northside of Brisbane tomorrow or Sunday, please drop in for a piece of cake, cuppa, chat and demonstration. Love to see you…..Pattie

6 Osira Close, Eatons Hill  (19 kim from the City) next door to Albany Creek and on the eay to the beautiful Samford.

Handmade Samford also has a wonderful market on tomorrow from 12noon till 5pm.

http://www.love-handmade.com.au/handmade-samford.html

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

 

 

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Studio Open Weekend….

My studio is opening for the first time and I’m really excited to be part of the Australian Ceramics Associations – Unearth Your Local Potter Weekend.

Unearth Your Local Potter

I’ve included some shots of the studio….

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Inside looking out….

Come along and join me for a cuppa, a chat, look around and see some pieces being handmade…..Saturday 16 August and Sunday 17 August  10.00am  till 4.00pm both days.

 

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Have a wonderful day and I look forward to hopefully meeting you in person on the open weekend.

Best wishes, Pattie

June…..

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I can’t believe we are in the last third of June. With the colder weather, pots are taking that little longer to dry, I’m started this week putting boiled water from the jug in my  throwing water (trying to stop … Continue reading

Which Clay!

After kicking of a firing late Sunday, I checked the kiln today and it isn’t quiet cool enough to open…I will have to wait until tomorrow. In the meantime I thought I would go through the various types of clays that potters use and their differences and share some images.

Terracotta Clay (meaning baked earth) – a type of earthenware clay, the fired clay body is porous. Fired terracotta is not watertight, but surface-burnishing the body before firing can decrease its porousness and a layer of glaze can make it watertight.

A Terracotta Warrior

Earthenware articles may sometimes be as thin as bone china and other porcelains, though they are not translucent and are more easily chipped. Earthenware is also less strong, less tough and more porous than stoneware or porcelain clays, Earthenware is less expensive and easier to work with. Due to its higher porosity, it must usually be glazed in order to be watertight.

 

http://www.sandybrownarts.com/sandybrownarts.htm

Sandy Brown is one of my favourite potters and I hope to one day own one of her beautiful earthenware plates/platters.

Stoneware Clay – is tough, dense, impermeable and hard enough to resist scratching by a steel point, and differs from porcelain because it is more opaque, and normally only partially vitrified. It may be vitreous or semi-vitreous. It is used to produce tableware and art ware.

Stoneware pieces by Gwyn Hanssen Piggot

Porcelain clay – Porcelain derives its present name from old Italian porcellana (cowrie shell) because of its resemblance to the translucent surface of the shell. Porcelain can informally be referred to as china or fine china in some English-speaking countries, as China was the birthplace of porcelain making. Properties associated with porcelain include low permeability (vitrification) and elasticity (which make it a difficulty clay to work with); considerable strength, hardness, toughness, whiteness, translucency and resonance, and a high resistance to chemical attack and thermal shock. 

http://www.kriscoad.com/

Above is some tableware pieces by Australian Artist Kris Coad made of Southern Ice Porcelain.

I have tried many clays over the years (earthenware, terracotta, stoneware) and in 2008 I took the leap and tried some porcelain clays: Imperial, Southern Ice Porcelain and Superior Porcelain. They are all good clays, but for the work I do Southern Ice fits best. It’s a challenging clay, and some days requires a lot of patience, but every time I open the kiln I love the look, feel, texture and results the clay offers.