Monday, January 26, 2009

ridgelines 2.09

Black earth wet from evening rain
amber trailed by gum branch shadows as wild ochre slip crosses the raw clay.
The canvas no longer blank
for colours from the kitchen garden.

On my throwing bench tapas plates for a local restaurant wait to be dried off and packed. Fired in the electric kiln this work was quite a departure for me from the work in the wood kiln - however the connections remain with the wild ochre slip from Bruny Island giving vital warmth. I love the terracotta serving dishes of Spain and Portugal and the terre vernisse of France - these plates hopefully have some of that warmth and vitality.

Monday, January 19, 2009

ridgelines 1.09

red door intervention 
in a field of dry summer grasses,
a way in or a way to find out.

Travelling towards the east coast of Tasmania, a red door is propped in a field by the road. This is a marketing device to promote the recently launched interior design course for the University of Tasmania. It sits by the road to Port Arthur, a notorious 19th century convict penal settlement where escape was almost impossible.