Saturday’s sale in (some) pictures

I know I should be packing right now, but as it has been made quite clear in previous occasions, I’m a huge procrastinator before a trip. However I did want to share with you some pictures of Saturday’s amazing sale. Here’s the lovely display of my pieces.

And here I am with the lovely Ann, who was the very first to arrive!

This is a bowl I did of Ann and her ADORABLE dog Watson. And yes, they are walking along Baker St.

Here’s the super amazing Alanna Cavanagh, who has been such a mentor to me in so many ways.

I have updated the “work” section on my website and you can check out the pictures of my latest pieces right here. Alas all of it is sold, but as soon as I am back on the ground in Sydney and have found a studio, the production for Christmas will begin!

Sneak peak into my upcoming sale…

So after selling my worldly possessions (or at least attempting to), I’m now completely focused on preparing for my ceramics sale. I have a glazing deadline (Tuesday 9th), which always helps in order to get things done. This also means I have  A LOT of painting to do in the meantime! Here’s a picture of my latest painted piece unglazed:

Yes, it’s the gorgeous Brideshead in the background with Sebastian and Charles driving in the middle. The porcelain is the ever-so difficult frost, but when fired a second time, will be beautifully translucent white. Here’s the sketch I did beforehand:

I now have a date and venue for the sale! And it will be on Saturday, October 13th from 2pm to 6pm at 50 Portland Street. Details on new poster will be posted soon.

Embroidery beginnings

I can happily say I spent the entire bank holiday weekend making and eating gazpacho, watching the entire season 5 of Mad Men (isn’t the season finale simply amazing?)

Looking after two adorable dogs (a French bulldog called Bruce Lee and Coco, the pug)

And beginning a very new creative project: embroidery! Obviously, as it’s always about ME, I thought the best image I could begin with was one of my own creations. All the fantastic supplies (including material and embroidery hoop) were purchased at The Workroom. Here’s a picture of the piece in progress. It took me countless hours to do JUST THAT, so I foresee this being the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Herringbone footstool

As evidenced here and here, I am quite an excellent procrastinator. Particularly before a big trip. In exactly 48 hours I will be on a plane on my way to my beloved Spain for a two and a half week holiday. This evening, instead of packing, cleaning out the apartment where I’ve been living and sorting out “stuff”, I decided to do a course where I’d learn to make my own herringbone footstool.

The course was at The Workroom, and our teacher for the evening was the lovely Donna Kim from Edge of Your Seat.

Tooling

Tooling is considered one of THE most boring steps in the whole ceramics process. Basically it’s removing the extra clay left on a piece (mainly on the bottom) after it’s been thrown on the wheel. This way you can give it a “foot” to stand on and the fancy shape that you see at the end. You have to wait until the piece is “leather hard” in order to do so: if it’s too moist, you will warp it, if not worse, and if it’s too dry, the excess clay will not be easily removed.

Today I spent most of the afternoon at the studio tooling the pieces I’d thrown last week. As I was working away, chit chatting to my absolutely lovely friend Pilar, she took some pictures of the process and the studio. Tooling was not IN THE SLIGHTEST bit boring with Pilar by my side 😉

Cabbagetown once again

I have no measure for things I like. I will repeat them again and again until rendered useless. However luckily for me, in the world of art, the more you repeat something, the better you get at it.

As I have already talked about here and here,  I like Cabbagetown a lot. And I like drawing the houses there. A lot.

I learnt to make jugs recently and thought the best way to decorate one of them was with drawings of Cabbagetown houses. It’s my best Cabbagetown-inspired piece yet 🙂

Transit systems

The public transit system in Toronto is crap pretty rubbish. The city is so geared towards the use of a car, in pure North American style, that very little has been invested in public transit since the 1960s. Oddly enough, it still has a fully-functioning streetcar system… whose tracks need to be repaired every couple of years or so. The subway was clearly designed by someone with serious mental issues:

A “U”? And a “T” that crosses over it? Seriously? Traffic is horrendous downtown because of the streetcar and because EVERYBODY HAS A CAR. One would think that the current mayor would try to… I don’t know… just a suggestion… perhaps welcome cyclists? Yes, one could think that, and be a fool because the current mayor of Toronto is a gentlemen who really does not like cyclists AT ALL:

I wish he learnt from Jaime Lerner, the mayor who revolutionised transport in his hometown of Curibita (Brazil), by diverting traffic around the centre. Huge pedestrian areas and parks have replaced busy roads and congestion has been tackled with an efficient bus service. This 15 minute long video kind of sums it up… and makes me want to move to Curibita:

Not Curibita, but almost, is London, where I lived for over 4 years and embraced its excellent transit system. It works so well that having a car in the city is a hassle more than a necessity. Plus, the posters created to advertise public transit in London have been brilliant from the get-go, like this one designed by Alfred Leete in 1919:

Naturally, the classic London bus had to make it to one of my bowls 😉

Salt

Food… probably one of my all-time favourite subjects: I love to buy it, cook it, eat it and talk about it. It’s only natural that when I cook, I like to have all my ingredients at hand.

Lots of recipes talk about a “pinch” of salt, or 1/3 tsp salt, etc. If you have a sea salt grinder, it’s always difficult to know exactly HOW MUCH salt you add. So in my kitchen, there’s always a bowl full of the stuff nearby for easy addition.

And that’s exactly what the purpose of my FIRST EVER pinch bowl (made at my awesome clay class at Clay Design Studio Gallery in Toronto) is.

I collected it today and am really happy with the results. So happy in fact I had to take artistic pictures of my new creation with a Zara Home tea towel in the background. Look how well it blends in with its new family:

PS –  I just noticed that the design of my tea towel looks like the…. the body of a naked lady with big breasts!! I didn’t do it on purpose… I swear!! Hahahahahahahaaaaa!

Pumpkin love

Since the beginning of the year, Sundays have been simply awesome. I normally HATE Sundays, particularly the dreaded Monday-is-around-the-corner feeling that takes over in the evening. Now, however, Sundays rock. And that’s because I am finally learning how to create things with clay every Sunday afternoon. I did dabble in decorating bowls here and there, but I cannot even begin to say how rewarding it is to not only MAKE your own pieces, but also DECORATE them.

I have been going to the Clay Design Studio Gallery in Toronto and learning from the fantastic potters Dennise Buckley and Mari Lise Stonehouse the tricks of the trade… or at least attempting to! By way of a flavour of the wild variety of things I’m learning to make is this adorable pumpkin. Yes, I do like pumpkins.

Cabbagetown part deux

It’s February. I live in Toronto. AND the weather is pretty warm for this time of the year. So… what to do? EXPLORE the city! I re-visited Cabbagetown with a good friend and, with the aid of Instagram, took some great shots

Then I sketched a bit whilst waiting for my quinoa to cook…. and ended up producing this in a giffy:

Had I cooked something bigger, I probably would’ve sketched a larger selection of houses, but… a girl’s gotta eat!