I don’t know if I am in control of the clay or if it is control of me.
It seems to beckon me after sometime away from it.
The most enjoyable time working in the clay is when there is no pre conceived plan about what to make, just letting the clay take me into whatever direction it wants to go.
Fifty years of creating in clay has been an amazing journey. So many techniques have been explored. The resulting work has been exhibited successfully in The Art Space, Urunga, The Rainforest Gallery, Dorrigo. Nexus Gallery, Bellingen, Coastal Claymakers annual exhibition, Matilda Gallery, Macksville and Macleay Valley Gallery, Gladstone
Raku firing is the highlight of the year, being done in Winter. Seeing the results emerge from the ashes never fails to thrill.
Recently I have been working on stencils. They are cut out of thin foam, laid onto a piece of work, then soft clay applied. The stencil is pealed back to reveal the bold image on the piece. This is then colored with underglaze and finished off with a clear glaze. Some pieces using this technique will be displayed at Valla Expressions exhibition.
While the clay continues to speak to me, I will listen and allow it to guide me in my practice.
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