Wet and wild
Well I failed at my attempt to write a blog post every week! I missed last week - oops... oh well!
It has been a very wet week here and our creek is once again flowing wildly after becoming almost completely dry. It is the only time in 20 years that we have seen it so empty - it's gotten really low before, but never that dry. Mother Nature always come through when you need it ...& just in time!
It did mean that we got stuck in our property for a day, but that's OK, it is great to have the waterhole so full again.
Cass has been busy creating pieces for her body of work for the end of year show. She is doing a project about identity - how identity is formed and how Artist's can explore these concepts in their work.
So far in her studio investigations she has made a number of tall, slender figures with differing impressions and surface additives, embedded materials and textures.
She is also experimenting with different clays to get varied effects. So far the clays used have been BRT, Special K and Raku T. They are still as yet unfired and they look really interesting and it will fascinating to see the fired results.
The other exciting venture that Cass has been working on is the creation of branding irons, which will be cast in bronze. These relate to her identity project and she plans to make several of these so that she can brand both clay and wood - and anything else that takes her fancy!
Pictured right are some of the initial wax positives that are the first stage of the bronze process. This is a long process, but well worth the effort and I believe a really fabulous addition to her investigations into Identity.
I have been busy making moulds to slip-cast my little caravans. So far I have managed to make only 2 of them, with 2 more planned. (We had a few distractions last week and I wasn't able to get in to the studio on the days that I had planned.)
They are three piece moulds so take a little bit of time to set up each step of the process - not my favourite part of making, but I do love the end results from mould making - the actual pouring and creation of repeated objects - I can't wait for that bit actually! I can't wait to see all the finished little vans all lined up together...
watch this space!
Back to the grind...
So this week we hope to get stuck back in to making...
...hopefully the rain will ease and we can get back in to the studio to continue our creative projects. We have so much going on this year that we really just have to keep at it.
Once again, if you are interested in ceramics, please make sure you check out what's happening in the other studios on the Sunday Ceramics site.
Until next week....
Keep the creativity flowing...
3/31/2014 02:56:22 am
I slipcast as part of my studio practice and I have been putting off making new moulds for a while now. I really need to "be in the zone" to make moulds as I find them so physical, I am exhausted after a day of mould making. I think it is partly all that extra attention to detail, that I find tiring as well. BUT I adore slipcasting and so I will be mould making very soon
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One half of the Earth Fire Spirit Team, I have an obsession with transport & homes including caravans, mobile homes, temporary dwellings, etc ... and a passion for all Art!