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Pottering about

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This morning I was interviewed by a student for her end of year assignment. The questions were mainly all about how I work & my inspiration etc, but one question that she asked was what do I do in my spare time?

Hmm, spare time? I have a vague memory of this concept & something called a life, but it is a distant memory!!

Oh, sounds a bit sad doesn’t it… really its not!  Im pretty happy with what Ive got going on!!!

One thing I have been getting up to all this year is taking a pottery class at Cone 11. And yes, to answer the question you are  thinking (as everyone I tell about the classes automatically asks!)  - it is totally & exactly just like that scene from the movie  Ghost. Un cannily so in fact! The song & everything. The same.

Anyway…moving on.

I loves it! I love getting filthy & filthy I do get. I always come away covered head to toe in clay splatter which just adds to my personal satisfaction! (weirdly no one else in the class gets as splashy messy as me!!!) Im on to my 3rd term now & soon to go on to my 4th.  Which means there is barely a surface in my house that doesnt have a kooky misshapen bowl on it!

Oh, I didn’t yet mention that I am not brilliant at it! My bowls are usually crooked & wot not. No matter, its just so satisfying to make a little sumpin sumpin in my own 2 hands!

This is the studio – located at the Abbotsford convent, & right beside the Collingwood Childrens farm - there is just something special about wandering through the convent grounds that is inspiring!

These are my most recent pieces ready for glazing.

In previous terms I have completely lost my shit when it comes to the glazing. I forget the less is more thing that I rant & rant to my clients, & have made nice simple shapes look weird & just wrong by using multiple colours without having the skills to carry it off!

Case & point:

(not all – but certainly some!)

 

These are my most recent creations after glazing & firing. Um, so it is meant to be a dinner plate. But as you can see by the forks size, its more of a muffin plate – or at a stretch a toast plate!

and this is a very shallow bowl! Good for soup I suppose!

 

This one from my first term has turned out to be quite useful – The wonkyness got turned into a small spout which is perfect to rest my tea spoon in! – you know just like it was meant to be!

This isnt the prettiest of shapes & does illustrate the glazing mania I get in!

(Psst – in this pic you can kinda see my silver braille-celet! A recent side project (huh I DO have a life!) of mine that I designed & had it made – it has a message written in braille to me on it!!)

 

Here is another example of me loosing my shit in a haze of glazing fun! Although I think the splatter is kinda cute!

 

This gives you a good idea of the scale of my earlier peices! Tiny!  But now I have the perfect place to keep my  eraser! – as you do!!

 

I could go on, and on. But im sure its a topic that is far more interesting to me than to you! So I will spare you any further examples but at least now I have proof that I DO have a life!

If you want to see some good ceramics – check out my teacher the super lovely Iiona’s work on her website – here. Great stuff & top chick!

 

Artist love – Grant Anthony Cohen

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Way back in May (which feels like it was just last week – I mean, really….time is going by just too fast!) but I digress… so back in May I attended the Melbourne art fair & fell deeply in love. Amongst the many rows of interesting goodies & some very overpriced baddies (remember I’m at an art fair!) I saw some work that I just couldn’t stop staring at and my heart a fluttering.

It was love at first sight.

Grant Anthony Cohen is a Melbourne based artist whose passion for decorative arts is very apparent in his work.  The details in his still life just blows my tiny mind.  Have a look through the following pictures & keep in mind it is oil on canvas.

Amazing.

Grant Anthony Cohen - 1970's

The glass light in this painting blows my mind. Such intricate detail in the reflective surfaces and of course the William Morris pattern on the walls is just perfect.

Grant Anthony Cohen -'The Red Chair'

If this room existed in real life, I would have trouble staying in it too long. Just saying!

Artemide

 

Grant Anthony Cohen - My Red Egg Chair

Grant Anthony Cohen - My Red Egg Chair

 

Grant Anthony Cohen -Called for Sunday lunch

 

Grant Anthony Cohen -"Blue Room"

 

Grant Anthony Cohen -"Gone to the Track"

 

Grant Anthony Cohen -"Thank you William Morris"

 

Grant Anthony Cohen -Morris Back to Back

As I said – I fell in love. I knew it wasn’t just a fling and was the real thing. You just know that sort of thing – don’t you think!

So, I went back to the fair that night & bought one of his works for myself to enjoy daily!

I could only cough up the coin for one of his smaller works & bought the study painting for the larger piece titled ’1970′s’.  Its a very appropriate piece for me – being a 70′s baby & also as I have a collection of turquoise bottles. A perfect art fit and we will have a happy life together it & I!

 

I’m not convinced that small photographs on the computer screen really show the work to its incredible details, so go & have a look at his website where you can see a higher quality picture to get a better sense at the mind blowing detail in his work. Check it here

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

These pictures do warm and fuzzy things to me.

I knew you would want to know!

images via A perfect grey via Design is my muse

Come with me & gallop & gallop & gallop….

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

In Melbourne town right now you cant go to far without having some sort of horseyness image in your face thanks to the Spring racing carnival that has just begun.

So I figure, if you cant beat em, join em!

Many many many more horsey pictures coming your way soon!

via Things that inspire

via Things that inspire

a very scattered round up

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Its been a while between posts. Quite a while. So sorry for the trouble that would have occurred if you were holding your breath between postings!

Instead of making excuses for my loooong absence, I shall just proceed…..

Now, once again here at Designalogue blog, the subject of today’s post isn’t the most original or ground breaking subject to the blogosphere, in fact only just last week ever the fabulous  Design Crisis did a post on this very topic – Scattered cluster art walls things. (yes, that IS the technical industry term used!)

But this posting is once again with purpose! The purpose being to show a lovely client of mine just how fabulous cluster walls of all different shapes and sizes can look! (and the double purpose of said lovely client then also feeling confident that its the right choice for her home!)

So, enough of my prattling and on with the eye candy:

David Jimenez

David Jimenez

Via Dwellings & Decor

Via Dwellings & Decor

David Jimenez

David Jimenez

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus

Jeff Andrews Design

Jeff Andrews Design

Peter Dunham

Peter Dunham

Jeffers design Group

Jeffers design Group

Via Desire to Inspire

Via Desire to Inspire

Andrew Suvlasky Design

Andrew Suvlasky Design

David Jimenez

David Jimenez

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

via Desire to Inspire

via Desire to Inspire

Preston Lee Design

Preston Lee Design

Miles Redd

Miles Redd

Jeff Andrews Design

Jeff Andrews Design

Via Ish & Chi

Via Ish & Chi

Kathryn Scott Design

Kathryn Scott Design

Via Ish & Chi

Via Ish & Chi

Just a few pictures there to get the point well across!

Well thats all for now – I’m off to organize me a picnic! Fella & I are off for a loved up sunset cruise tonight on this!

So until next time peoples!

Obsession Confession: Still dreaming of that genie

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I have written before about my love for glass genie bottles in an obsession confession (see here)

Its a continued and long loving obsession of mine, so imagine my delight when I came across some more genie bottle eye candy for me to drool over!

It was like the clouds parted I tell you!!

Jonathon Adler via House of Turquoise

Jonathon Adler via House of Turquoise

Jeffers Design Group

Jeffers Design Group
Nathan Egan

Nathan Egan

Christopher Maya

Christopher Maya

John Ellis Photography

John Ellis Photography

Via Desire to Inspire

Via Desire to Inspire

Via Simply Grove

Via Simply Grove

Via Bahrainidiva

Via Bahrainidiva

Brown Design

Brown Design


Brown Design
Brown Design
Brown Design

Brown Design

By the way, in my collection of many, I’m still yet to come across a genie, so no wishes have been granted.

I am quite sulky about this!

um, I got GOT again.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I’ve gone and got myself tagged again! This time the lovely Qerat infected me!

The point again to share 6 things about myself. But with all this tagging going on, IMO struggling to keep up with new things to share, a girl has gotta keep some mystery you know!

So Im instead going to share some Randomania instead:

1. I was reliving some childhood memories the other day and You tube-ing the fabulous TV show from my childhood  Fraggle Rock! I came across this classic gem, which the fella and I decided should be the song to get us all motivated throughout this global recession!

Um, I am having all sorts of trouble uploading this video – so you will just have to expel that tiny bit of energy & click on the link to make it work instead! Doozers

2. My favoritest film of ALL time is the Labyrinth.

3. So, I will admit.. I have a bit of an obsession…. I cant get enough of coloured glass.

I just love it and have, um, quite a bit in my house…….

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There is actually more than this, but the photos were even more crapola than these. So you will just have to believe me!

4. I cant throw away, give away or even loan out my design magazines. This does create a bit of a storage issue, but I deal. Each month I buy about 8-9 mags and I devour them and re-read many times over! (Also – happily these are a tax deduction, so that’s a happy ending!)

5. I still drink coffee daily. I never pretended I was going to give it up- just keeping you up to speed!

6. I love my iPhone and hate synthetic fabrics on upholstery.

Ah, six points = done.

I don’t want to give myself a reputation for being a girl who gives infections, so once again: dear readers and blogging friends, if you wanna, do it! If not, I wont hunt you down!!

And now back to the pretty…

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

After some serious moments I need me some more pretty to look at.

I spied this fabulousness over at Simply Grove and new it was an image I would be happy to look at over and over. Ahh. 

 

Last year I did just a day course of basket weaving with my lovely mumma, we both came away with a small curl-less than a palm size of wool and dried grass…nothing on these gorgeousies! Makes me appreciate the workmanship in each one that much more.

 

Looking at it again – its either a HUGE wall, or a tiny chaise!?!

Obsession Confession: I dream of genie..

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

I do love a genie bottle! I’m talking specifically about the ‘glass genie’ variety.

NOT the creepy genie pop out of and grant three wishes type of bottle!

I have collected these for a few years now, and only recently did I start a thinking about what IF a genie did pop out of one? (apart from freak out and question my sanity that is!) What would my three wishes be?

This IS quite the trixty question. Certain things must be thought about are there consequences to each wish? (aka the Hollywood movie type of genie wish)

Do I wish for selfish purposes?

Can I just end wish three with three more wishes and repeat that over and over (this one really should be discussed early on with said genie.)

Do I wish for the greater good of the people and planet?

Oooh what to do?!!!

Whilst I ponder these big issues, here are some pretty pictures with said genie bottles!…

CMD

CMD

CMD

CMD

Buck House Antiques
Buck House Antiques
Woodson and Rummerfield

Woodson and Rummerfield

via If the Lamp Shade Fits

via If the Lamp Shade Fits

Whoopsie! the ever devoted loyal Designalogue reader ‘fella’ has pointed out my very oops spelling mishap in this post! (which has now been corrected for those who didnt see!!!!) Turns out, ‘genie’ isn’t the same spelling as hit the ol fav T show ‘I dream of jeannie’! well, now i know!!