Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tips from Roger Graham

This month's newsletter contains a couple of tips from our trip to the Old Toolijooa School Pottery on the Illawarra coast of NSW.

Roger demonstates his slicing board and cutting harp
Here is a copy with thanks to Roger:

Slicing Board
If you do not have a slab roller don’t despair.  You need a sheet of fibro or other suitable board, some thin slats of plastic or wood varying in height from 4mm to 15mm.  Your piece of wood can vary in size from 30cm square up to much larger depending on your needs.
Method - Take your piece of fibro and attach with glue your 4mm strips to the 2  parallel sides of the board.  When using thicker strips you may need to use panel pieces to assist the glue when setting. Use a metal harp or cutting wire to cut your slabs of even thickness.
 Metal Harp.  Take a suitable piece of metal rod about 10/12mm thick that can be bent.  Cut little grooves in each end near the ends of the rod.  Bend the rod into a large U shape, size of your board, in a vice and attach bee-frame wire or other suitable wire into the grooves.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Great excursion to Toolijooa Old School Pottery

Those members who were able to go to Toolijooa Old School Pottery today had a great time.
Roger and his wife made us very welcome with tea and homemade cakes when we first arrived.  We had a chance to look around the gallery shop before being invited to sit in the fresh country air while Roger proceeded to share lots and lots of great ideas for producing functional pots with a minimum of fuss.
So many ideas that I think the newsletter will be able to show a tip a month for the next year at least!
If you are down that way call in and say hi to Roger and see for yourself.  The pottery is right on the highway just past Gerringong.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Woodfire Tasmania 2011

Fancy a pottery holiday in Tassie?  Going there soon?
Check out this site for details of the Wood Firing Conference to be held 28 April - 1 May 2011 in Deloraine, Northern Tasmania.

 http://www.woodfiretasmania.com.au

Guest artists and presenters at Woodfire Tasmania 2011 will include:
Jack Troy, USA
Torbjorn Kvasbo, Norway
Shiro Otani,   Japan
Graeme Wilke, Australia
Donna Gillis,    Japan/USA
Steve Williams, Australia
Hillary Kane, Indonesia / USA
Dan Murphy,    USA
Malina Monks, Australia
Alexandra Engelfriet, Netherlands
Kulli Koiv, Estonia

Activities around the Conference start on the 23 April so if you are planning a break down that way do have a look for more details on the site.

There is also more information on the Australian Ceramics Website.

Monday, March 7, 2011

PHPG Members Calendar


MEMBERS NOTICE BOARD
Some dates for Port Hacking Potters Group Members to put in your diary:

 11-13th March   The Art of Living Festival at Bundeena.  Our potter friends who live over there will be taking part in the Markets on the Sunday. Say 'Hi' if you are over that way.

16th March   Excursion to The Old School Pottery, Toolijooa.  Meet there at 10am. Tea/coffee supplied but bring your own food and a chair.  A demonstration and mini workshop will be part of our visit. Phone Gail or Joe if you would like a lift down. Here is the website:http://members.optusnet.com.au/~rogergraham/

6th April   General Meeting, 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane Cronulla. Demonstration Topic: Glaze Materials and their effects.

14th and 15th April   Members Sale at Cronulla School of Arts.  Our pre-Easter and Mothers Day Sale.  All exhibiting members are asked to take part.

4 May   General Meeting, 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane, Cronulla.

1 June   General Meeting, 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane, Cronulla

6 July   General Meeting, 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane, Cronulla

3 August   General Meeting 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane, Cronulla

7 September   General Meeting 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane, Cronulla

5 October   General Meeting 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane, Cronulla

2 November   General Meeting 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane, Cronulla

7 December   Christmas Meeting 7:30pm Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Lane, Cronulla