Thursday, March 5, 2009

MMMMM Think It's Time For Bed!!!!

It's been a long night organising and editing this blog (where does the time go?) so it's time for a cuppa and good night from me!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mud Sweat & Tears or... Where it All Began

Hi my name is ROSE MAGUIRE and I am a clay addict!
My first Clay memory is as a small girl, in the 60s, in New Zealand, standing on tip toes and peering over the top of our neighbors big old kick wheel and being transfixed as a slimy wet lumps of spinning brown mud became pots right before my very eyes.
I loved spending time in the huge old brick floored X barn, surrounded by the smells and sounds of the Pottery. Usually sitting on the floor listening to the slow rhythmical clunks of the kick wheel mixed with the gentle rise and fall of men’s voices as Dad and Bob Huck discussed life the universe and everything. I loved peering at eye level through the long lines of newly made pots on the dusty ware boards.

My Journey in clay really started though in the late 90s when I decided to do a year at the local TAFE in Mount Barker, South Australia. Then, I thought, I would be able to make my living from the pots I would learn to make!!! How naive! The first half of that year was all ‘Mud Sweat and Tears’ but I learnt so much in that year under the guidance of Helen Doubell and Auriel Collins and the supportive eye of Ute and partner Bob and realized I had only just begun my quest. But at least I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up!!!

So it was of to North Adelaide School of Arts( as it was then-now ACArts)where I concentrated mainly on Ceramics and Sculpture. John Woods was head of the Sculpture department followed by Andrew Stock and John Coulter was head of the ceramics department He was a fantastic teacher and Mentor. 2 more years of full time and a further 2years of part time study I finally completed the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design.

In my current practice I continue to make domestic tableware as my main stay bread and butter line and have teamed up with my old Art School buddy
Ang to sell and promote our work for the past few years at the Stirling Market and a few special event markets and fairs in the Adelaide hills. I also exhibit more sculptural/conceptual work during the year with Ang, Ali, Tracey others under the name of The Clay Collective

The Clay Collective is a group of emerging and established ceramists based in South Australia. We have either meet during our studies or have current or past links with JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design. Our numbers Eb and flow a bit but usually there's 10 to 15 in any of our exhibitions.
So... Little did I ever dream as that small girl in the 60s, standing on tip toes and peering over the top of Bob's big old kick wheel...
That I too would have a big dusty shed and make a living from transforming slimy wet lumps of spinning brown mud into pots right before my own childrens' very eyes.
I now live and work from an Orchard property in The Adelaide Hills with my Partner, the youngest of my two beautiful daughters and the cat and continue to play, explore and generally indulge my addiction and I am as happy as a Pig in mud.
Carpe argillum, Seize the Clay!

I Love Scraffito...Another happy accident

This platter is from my latest firing,
I needed a kiln filler so grabbed a piece of my old bisque and had a play.

I took the opportunity to see how my black satin matte would respond to brushing (I usually dip as this glaze likes to go on pretty thick)

After pouring Strontium Green inside the platter and giving it a roll, so it would cover up to the rim, I gave the underside of the platter a couple of thick applications with a well loaded brush of the Black (it loved it!) The top still needed something so I applied a quick brush stroke of the Black satin and scraffito'd into that.
I'm so happy with the results so you can expect to see a few more examples fairly soon. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE