Thursday, 29 June 2017

In the last 5 months

A lot has been happening since I talked to you last:

“Shuffle”;  the video work  by Pilar Mata Dupoint, commissioned by Transport for New South Wales was shown at wynscreen ( 20 m wide screen at one of Sydney's inner city train stations) for almost 6 weeks. 

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it, but it was really exciting to be involved in the project. Here are few "work in progress" images

In the Grain of Sand was shown at the Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe. 
Here is wonderful image by Jessica Wyld

Maybe you are fast enough to spot it in the video:

And the new sculpture: Seed of Tomorrow was created and shown in Mandurah. 

 I will tell you more about it in the next post. 
As you can see it was really busy time.Too busy to tell you about it at the time. It is kind of nice to sit back now and reflect, sort, contemplate and hibernate a little. ( It is "winter" in Australia).

Monday, 26 June 2017

Enrolments are open for next term courses

Next term I will be teaching day and evening classes: Explore Ceramic  in Nedlands, and Understanding Glazes in Fremantle. Click on the image for more information.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Malformed and Decayed

I'm having a lot of fun with this project, yet every time I attempt to talk or write about it I stumble for words. I don't know where to start or what to say. As I mentioned in a previous post, the brief is to make objects that are reminiscent of Victorian European ceramic, yet decayed and malformed. Bruised, distorted,misshapen, rot, peeling skin, are some of the referencing descriptive words. 

Well, most of the work is finished, glazed and fired, yet I am reluctant to let it go. I am confused with it. I am fascinated by the turmoil they are creating in my thoughts.I created them and I am attracted and repulsed by them at the same time. I feel as if I'm staring at someones misshapen and scared face, knowing that it is rude, yet unable to stop. (and I have created them!!)

I can't even photograph them properly. They are challenging me on so many levels!
So, here we go, a selection of unedited images. And I would love to hear your thoughts:


Sunday, 1 January 2017


I do like welding the frame, the skeleton of the sculpture. It is hot and exhausting, and at this stage I have no Idea if all the pieces will fit together..

So far so good. This one is coming together smoothly, but based on the previous experiences I'm bracing myself for glitches.
 Last few welds

 And then it is DONE!! I like the neat base.when it's turned sideways I can walk in, which will come handy when it comes to painting the frame. 

 Finding the photogenic position in the garden for the trial assembly and the photo-shoot.

Oh, and I still need to make the last thirty tiles, fire them twice, and paint the frame with cold galv. and 3 layers of anti-corrosive enamel.
But for now, I will grab a glass of vine and just sit here for a while and enjoy the view.

Saturday, 24 December 2016


First you cut 550 pieces of metal. Then you drill 880 holes. And then you start welding them together again....

 As they grow larger I'm giving up on neutral background photos:

One third done....

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

more small steps

Once I have a few bolts glued in place I can measure the distance between the bolts and start designing the frame. Of course, I could measure the shrinkage of clay and try to work it out mathematically instead, but this is much safer option.

 It is really important to get distances and angles right, or nothing will fit together.

Looks about right. Now I can do the cutting list and chop 60 m of flats into small bits. FUN!!