I now have a brand new shiny website which shows all my new work and can be found at http://www.stephaniehammill.com
Things have really taken off recently. Hectically trying to prepare work for the Australian Trienniale Market to be held at The National Gallery in Canberra on July 12th. I would have been much more prepared except I managed to disengage my brain and misfire two whole kiln loads of work. I know that the seventies may be back in vogue, but I am not personally ready for sludge brown ceramics just yet.
Been working on some new bottle vases – just perfect for a single stem, an interesting twig or a grouped arrangement. Also have made a lot of plates (A LOT!). I have had the pleasure of working with a local restaurant owner in designing and producing plates for her restaurant. Its been a rather steep learning curve, finding out what will work in a commercial setting and discovering chef preferences for how they want to display their food to the best advantage. So many things to think about in terms of both form and function and practicality. Finally we have nailed the design, so pictures will follow soon. Also, I have just about finished my proper website and am looking forward to launching it very very soon. I love the photographs in this post – taken by a rather wonderful local photographer www.amandamiller.com.au
I’m so bad at social media. I’ve not disappeared, just been busy in my studio, finessing my throwing, moving things around and trying to set up a proper website. I’ve been experimenting with southern ice porcelain teacups and one of these days might have a photo to prove that I got a handle on without it cracking. Working on some quirky vases….
Playing with reflections, lines and curves…
and making lots and lots of plates and bowls
New, larger bowls awaiting glazing and firing.
Mugs, bowls, cups. Am liking these very much. Will be available for sale once I’ve worked out my online retailing options. Alternatively contact me direct if you are interested.
The glaze testing is paying off. I’m still a very happy woman. My mixture of clay body, oxides and glaze is reacting to each other just as I want it to…and its not often you can say that in ceramics. I’m working on a landscape theme – still mightily inspired by our October trip out into the desert. Next up… Bowls. I am aiming for a complete collection of functional dinner ware – plates, bowls, jugs, mugs.
I’m a happy woman, this mug monday morning. Fired my kiln this weekend with glaze tests and some practice mugs and had a few problems with the firing due to ancient elements in the kiln. So, had low expectations this morning when I opened it and was pleasantly surprised.
As you can see I’ve been playing with handle style and different forms. After 39 mugs I can report that I am now feeling quite confident with pulling handles, attaching them and keeping them on. Glazing is now getting easier as well and I am beginning to feel vaguely competant! Just got to test them to work out which style feels the best – The feel/performance is very important to me.
My glaze tests are coming along beautifully – I spend such a short amount of time throwing and making the pots compared to the amount of testing and fine tuning I do. I have a very clear idea of what I am aiming for and am wanting to develop a functional line of work based on contemporary shapes and a contrast between smooth milky white glaze and rough grey with speckles/a more earthy feel. I know that me wittering on about glaze tests is incredibly boring to non potters but I am very excited about the next stage which will be applying these new ideas to some vessels and forms. All I need to do now is to change my kiln elements (sigh)……
Those who read my facebook page will know that I have declared November ‘mug month’. And that Mondays are now mugtastic mondays. I need to get my throwing up to speed after a long layoff due to illness, so have decided to throw mugs – same weight of clay, same size. I also want to get really competent at handles. So two mondays in and I now have 40 mugs to do something with. So, I have some ideas for glaze effects that I want to play with and will use the mugs to practice with. I’m interested in the contrast between smooth and rough, silky glaze and textured clay. I’m also on a quest for a easily reproducable grey in oxidation. This quest for grey is the bane of my life. I dont just want grey – I want interesting grey…. with bits in.
Rutile blues have to be the most frustrating glaze ever – (those are the peachy looking ones). I think I am on the right path but will spend next week playing with slip (with bits in) in an attempt to provoke a reaction between the clay body and the glaze. Keep your fingers crossed.