Friday, May 31, 2013

Talia lamp / light finished

Just before packing, I took some pictures. All lit up with the 'spinning wheel' view.

Sleeping beauty Paper silhouette

This is the 'inner' shade for my Talia lamp. The pattern repeats at each edge, so the pattern will flow continuously when curved to form a circle.
Finished paper cut

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rapunzel or Persinette

the clay positive
This smallish piece was created while thinking about one of my favourite Australian author's, Kate Forsyth and her fabulous book 'Bitter greens'. This is Rapunzel's tower simplified (without getting too phallic - hence the shortness) the detail on the right is a quick line drawing of some parsley leaves. Rapunzel is also Persinette or Petrosinella hence the parsley.
quick sketch using paper 53

In the kiln

In kiln 18 at the Glassworks

Notes: Think, yes think again about where you put those feeders, make sure the pots can be placed over them and fit together. I did have 4 small pots but it didn't work. I did make it more difficult by having the indent made by the coffee cup.
Glass: Spectrum '96 nuggets 4.5kg

Firing / annealing schedule 
50°c /hr 600°c hold 1 hr
100°c/hr 880°c hold 10 hrs
AFAP 515°c hold 10 hrs
413°c @ 7°c (14 hrs)
316°c @ 4.6°c  (21 hrs)
30°c @ 10°c (28 hrs)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mould making

forgot the chopped  fibre glass, so I popped in a coffee cup to give some flexibility, not my best thought but it will do I hope!
Second layer I think, I tried dipping for the first layer. Works well, but you do need a lot of plaster silica mix. So either have lots of objects to dip, or make some 'poured' moulds ready.

Talia light wax before mould

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wool day at the Old Bus Depo Markets, Kingston (Canberra)

Eventually I chose this yarn for my attempt at the 'Audrey in Unst' cardigan. A step forward in my 'sewlution' made early this year on Karen's blog @ didyoumakethat


thorns in wax

some times things workout the way you think they will, other times they don't.

Friday, May 17, 2013


'No-luck' park
A very small cache!
Yesterday, I restarted my interest in Geocaching. I have decided to add it into my artistic practice. It gets me out of the house and studio with a bit of exercise, I go places I wouldn't usually, see and find things that I wouldn't usually, I'm getting to know my new neighbourhood and it makes me pay attention to my surroundings.
Yesterday's cache (which I did not find) led me to a small park not too far away from home, today's cache (which I did find) was in a different direction. I enjoyed the long strip of parkish area in-between the houses on the way back home.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

An unexpected perambulation

<p dir=ltr>After clean up this afternoon at the glassworks, I had planned to try out the bus stop nearby and the direct bus route Woden. What I hadn't taken into account was the fact that this unbroken journey was an hour long. My phone told me that if I was willing to walk 15 minutes I could get to Woden in half the time.
The unexpected Autumnal twilight walk was delightful; ankle deep piles of leaves made for scrunching and stomping, the scent of woodsmoke, bare branches silhouetted against the dusky hues skies and one very individual letter box.