Something from a past event this year.
Saturday 28th June was a special day at CCPS. Judy Barrett, our oldest member still potting, generously shared her time and some of her fascinating life story and gave a demonstration of her pottery wheel skills.
Judy has been potting for 45 years. She trained under some of Sydney's first potters and knew most of the key people involved in pottery in Sydney from the early 1960's. During our interview with her she mentioned, Velma Boos & Gary Booth who trained with David Leech in the UK. She was around in the early days of the Ceramics Study Group and was part of the experimenting and learning taking place in the Australian pottery scene at that time. Over almost five decades Judy has witnessed the many, many changes that have occurred in Australian pottery.
Before pottery, Judy studied at the University of Sydney between 1944 and 1949. In this time she obtained a Bachelor of Science, studied an Honors year and completed a Masters in Biochemistry. Later she travelled to the UK and carried out her Phd studies at Redding University. She is an accomplished and quite remarkable woman.
Judy has made pottery her life. She brought up her family from sales of her work and still pots today.
Here are a few images from the day.
Today was FANTASTIC! A group of 19 CCPS members and non members took part in another successful raku day, held at the great CCPS facilities in East Gosford. Pauline Ryan from Castle Hill potters presented an excellent demonstration of the Ikea pedal bin raku kiln. Afterwards we had the opportunity to fire some pots in the kilns.
The Ikea kiln, developed by Stefan Jakob, is attractive for its simplicity of construction and ease of use. Requiring only kindling as fuel, within half an hour 1000ºC is reached and half an hour later the pots are ready. We were running 2 kilns and fired each kiln approximately 5 times between 11:00am and 2:30pm. Most people reduced their pots in metal bins containing various combinations of newspaper, shredded paper and saw dust. Some also plunged their pots in water afterwards for cleaning and to retain colour.
We were most impressed with the ease at which the kiln operated and the speed at which it can function. Several people commented, "I had to see it to believe it". It was an inspirational day.
Of particular interest to many participants was the naked raku process of covering burnished pieces with white slip and glaze, then scratching back a design through the layers. Exposed areas turn black as well as crack lines in the glaze. After firing and reduction the glaze and slip are scraped off to reveal the final design. The following links provide further information http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNgFFilCiug and http://www.pitfire.com/naked_raku.htm
To see what we were up to check out the images below. Keep an eye on the website for more activities. Next year brings more interesting and inspiring events to fuel your imagination and add to your creative repertoire.
More information on the Ikea kiln and Stefan Jakob's 2008 Australian visit can be viewed
at http://www.strathnairn.asn.au/air/stefanJakob.php and http://www.canberrapotters.com.au/c_members_events2.html
Many thanks to Pauline Ryan and Marienne Stollery for an extremely successful, informative and enjoyable day.
Congratulations to all those successful in being chosen for the Gosford Art Prize exhibition. The exhibition runs until Sunday, 27 November 2011 at the Gosford Regional Gallery.
For further details go to http://www.gosfordregionalgallery.com/exhibitions.htm
What a busy and successful day. As Claire Halon, CCPS president, remarked "The weather was perfect and our
members and visitors, who participated,
achieved some excellent results".
The pit was opened after firing for 2 days and revealed some wonderful effects. Anniss Seymour's pieces from this firing made it into the Gosford Art Prize exhibition.
Raku firings were the focus of the day and with so many enthusiastic participants many (seemingly endless) pots were glazed, fired and reduced with some stunning results.
Make sure you get along to the next firing to practice your raku skills and learn some new ones. Check out the what's on page for further events.
Friday 19th of August saw the extremely successful opening of The Mad Potters' Tea Party exhibition and sale. There was a terrific response to this event, with members and visitors alike joining in the mad hatters theme, donning some 'mad' hats and outfits.
Below are images of some of the pottery pieces that were on display and for sale.
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