Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ian Lamb's Exhibition at Hazelhurst

Titled "Nehon no Kanji", Ian Lamb will be presenting his new ceramics at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Kingsway Gymea NSW from Saturday 13 November until the 23 November 2010.

You are invited to the Opening on Saturday 13 November, 2pm to 4pm.  The work will be opened by Peter Workman, former Head of Ceramics, Art and Design, TAFE, Gymea.

The gallery opens every day 10am to 5pm (Ph: 02 8536 5755)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October Meeting

At the last meeting on 6th October, members were asked to bring along one new and one old piece of pottery. Here is a copy of the Newsletter report:

At the October meeting members were invited to bring along one old pot and a new pot for discussion.

Ian brought a beautiful carved Lotus patterned Chinese bowl which was presented in its own wooden box.  The green glaze was thought to be a copper celadon.  The thought was expressed that well made traditional style pots don’t age.  This led to the question, are pots for use or to look at?  Who amongst us would use a Ming Dynasty bowl to serve up a curry?

Gail presented a little slipcast figurine of a girl leaning against a tree stump in soft pinks and cream.  It belonged to her grandmother and has a signature but no company brand. It seemed to be in the style of Staffordshire works of perhaps the 1800’s.

Gail’s second more modern piece was a pair of carved Luang Chuan vessels.  After all trying to guess what they were we were told they were salt and pepper shakers but without holes in the top.  They were thrown with a tube inside and then closed over leaving a hole in the base where they were filled—when shaken while upright the salt or pepper came out of the tube.

Next was a Hamada pot dated from 1978.  Bisque fired thrown and altered bowl with a flat rim with a cut out and additions.

Jamie brought along some examples of his glaze on glaze decoration.  Glazed all over with a Celadon and then he uses a mix of copper red and rutile flour to produce ‘dots’ all over the vessel.  The mix of rutile is approximately 100ml of glaze plus 1 teaspoon of rutile flour.
Ian suggests that a Titanium based glaze can be used and sprayed over bisque wear with oxides eg. 1% Iron + Cobalt .  This mix can also be used for brush decoration.

Next was a souvenir piece from Croatia.  Slipcast, it showed a ‘map’ of the town with lots of raised buildings and place names. 

Anna’s two pots included a small vase made in PNG in the 1980’s and glazed using a Blue Ash Glaze.  Fired in Reduction had given it extra speckle from the iron based clay.  The second piece was a egg cup from an Irish company which employs 3 throwers to produce everything from egg cups to huge metre high vase shapes along the Dingle Peninsula.  The simple combination of a white glaze over temuko with an overlap made an interesting piece.

Therese brought along a bowl with an Australian landscape design.  It appeared to have had the dry glaze sprayed on.  The blue glaze may have contained Barium making it unsuitable for food.

Beth and Jitka spoke of their travels and some of the exhibitions they attended such as Barbara Hepworth in the UK, while Jitka spoke of an amazing copy of the famous Prague clock which a village potter has made.

Get a few potters together and a few pots and we can all  have a very enjoyable conversation.
This plate was glazed in the same way as the egg cup Anna
bought in
Ireland from

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Raffle Results

Thankyou everyone who purchased raffle tickets during our exhibition.  Our Group likes to be able to support those in the community who need some extra help and the procedes from the two raffles we run each year enable us to do that.

To preserve privacy we are publishing the raffle numbers not the names - the winners have all been notified now.
Our thanks also to those businesses and members who provided the wonderful prizes.

1st prize won by Orange ticket #F2
Men’s and ladies’ watch, Sydney Wildflower voucher and a handcrafted pot by Gail Sadleir

2nd prize won by Black ticket #F96
Voucher from Best Fresh  Southgate Sylvania and a handcrafted pot by Delma Gilder

3rd prize won by Blue ticket #F77
Bunnings, Taren Point voucher and a handcrafted pot by Anna Ryland

4th prize won by Purple ticket #D35
Eckersley Craft voucher, Sara Lee discount vouchers and a handcrafted pot by Ian lamb

5th prize won by Black ticket #F80
Greater Union movie tickets, Sara Lee discount vouchers and a handcrafted pot by Ellin Pooley

6th prize won by Orange ticket number #C63
Handcrafted pot by Ping Dong

7th prize won by Purple ticket #D60
Handcrafted pot by Helen Blayney


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

And the winners are:

Congratulations to all the winners and congratulations too, to everyone who entered.  The standard of work, the variety and number of entries gave the Judge, Dr Julie Bartholomew a challenge deciding between them all.

The winner of the Port Hacking Potters Award was
Tim Manzouridis- "Ambiguous Perception 7"

Winner - Open Wheelformed - Amanda Hale - "Geology"

Merit Awards:
- Megan Puls, Sohae, Keiko Matsui, Natalie Velthuyzen, Ian Lamb

Winner -  Open Handformed and Sculpture - Dianne Brock - "Urban Canopy"

Merit Awards: 
Ping Dong, Jenny Papalexandris, Lisa Johnson and Inga Svendsen

Winner - Decorative Techniques - Lynda Fraser - "The Flying Trapeze"

Merit Awards:

Patrice Cooke

Winner - Paper Clay - Anna Ryland - "Boudoir Nostalgia"
Merit Awards:
Carol Forster and Joe Simone

Winner - Student Wheelthrown - Maree Anderson - "Bowl Stack"

Merit Awards:
Gail Sadleir and Christine Skrobek

Winner - Student Handformed - Raoul Arens - 10 Sculptures
Merit Awards
Naomi Krieger, Maree Anderson, Raj Naji (2 awards)

Winner - Encouragement Award - Carol Forster - 

Winner - The People's Choice Award - Ping Dong - "The Four Sisters"