Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Upcoming Exhibition

There has been no recent activity (I am not a regular blogger) as I'm in the process of finishing work for my upcoming exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban, opening on 27 October. I've had a couple of problems with firing e.g. kilns under firing and work cracking which is always stressful. As those that work in ceramic should know, one always needs a plan B or maybe plan C or possibly be very good at patching, disguising or creative fixes! It's been a very busy last few months as it is also the end of the teaching year and the kilns are all on the go with student work.

It's two and a bit weeks to go and I've just about finished all the making and it's time for glazing. I find glazing is a whole other challenge particularly when it comes to deciding on finishes/colours. The wrong decision can ruin a whole piece. I hope it goes well and not too many hiccups along the way... And please kilns, cooperate!

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Work 2009

These latest works are my first attempt at working in porcelain. This "Wallflower" series was a part of the DUT Fine Art and Jewellery Design Department's Staff Exhibition, titled "New Connections", held at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban, SA, in March this year. I have a solo exhibition planned for late October this year, at the same gallery. These works are a starting point for a new series.

I have found porcelain wonderful and incredibly frustrating to work with. But trying something new is always inspiring and I love a good challenge.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2008 Corobrik National Ceramics Competition

I participated in the 2008 Corobrik National Ceramics Exhibition held at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery. Guest judge was Peter Beard an acclaimed ceramic artist living and working in the UK. The 2008 Corobrik winner was Nikkie Swanepoel, who made a series of sculptural cow heads. I received a highly commended certificate. The work I submitted is a series of five small domed pieces, titled "Flower Series II". Here are some images of the work.