Sydney on film

Hello hello, Happy New Year! Apologies for not posting here as often, I’m struggling to find time to get to my creative projects (lots initiated, not that many completed, story of my life). However, things are due to change soon. Some lovely friends have agreed to let me set up my noisy wheel in their garden. And best of all, they have just moved nearby.

In the meantime, I have been doing little things here and there, including this short film I made on Thursday on my way home. I was trying to find the Harbour Bridge footpath and got lost….! I filmed it with my Blackberry and edited with the fantastic iMovie. The music is by Rodriguez. I hope you enjoy this little peak into my daily life ūüėČ

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Some things never change…

Before moving to Toronto, I used to live in London. And I had a blog too. I posted about many things, mainly cooking, life in London and crochet. I was addicted to crochet. Like every addiction with a slight unhealthy attitude towards it, I overdosed and did no crochet for more than a year. Until this Christmas.

crochet hair clips

Being away from my beautiful family this season, I spent Christmas with some very good friends and their extended family. And so, I thought it would be a nice gesture to make crochet hair clips for every girl (aged 1 to 99) who attended the Christmas lunch yesterday.

crochet flower clips 2

As I have not been able to do much on the pottery side of things lately (my wheel is somewhat noisy and the neighbours complained!) this new little project was a perfect outlet for my creativity. Also… as you can see from the pictures below, once I started making these little Christmas flowers, I could not stop. I made them while drinking a cup of tea on the terrace, in the car, on the bus, while watching Step Brothers

Crochet obsessionNOTE: All photos are by Araceli Robledo (and I apologise for the poor quality of the last 4, taken with my blackberry…)

 

Greenwich House Pottery, the results!

So after doing a fantastic course at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC in July, and going back in September do glaze my pieces, my wonderful friend Maria went to pick them up this week. Herewith the results:

ensemble

Now the bowls:

the bowls

Look at the double rim made for this one. Munemitsu showed us how to make this feature based on his own work:

rim bowl

 

I remember tooling this bowl so as to make it as thin as possible:

thin bowl

And a pasta bowl too! This one is actually rather big:

pasta bowl

And my first ever plate. Can’t wait to eat out of it. Preferably a steak or a nice roasted fish!

plate

NOTE: None of the pictures were taken by me, but by my lovely friend Maria.

Super secret party in a hidden beach

When you move to a new city, particularly when you don’t know that many people at first, the first few weeks it’s all about doing cool stuff. With cool people. And what a cooler start than going to a super secret party in a hidden beach? This party happens every few months and is organised by a group of friends who are not professional DJs, but who do it for the love of it. As I can’t reveal the address for the party, my map is somewhat vague. However, I did take some pictures which I hope show just how cool it all was! So, first stop was getting into the grounds of this stunning house:

Then, walking down a grassy hill, turning right and there, there was the beach. Full of beautiful and super cool people, with super cool music playing in the background:

So we got there around 7pm. The view? No big deal, nope. No big deal AT ALL:

But look what happened a few minutes later:

Can there be a cooler start to my life here in Sydney? I very much doubt it.

Note: All photos are by Araceli Robledo

Facebook page

I don’t think I have mentioned it on here yet but… I have a Facebook page! It also feeds directly from my Instagram account. Together with this blog, all three pages? Interfaces? (My IT vocabulary is not very extended but I think you know what I mean!) ANYWAY, all three complement each other in sharing with you what I am up to in the absolutely fascinating world of ceramics ūüôā Please feel free to “Like” the FB page or to follow me on Instagram!

Greenwich Village in porcelain

SO OBAMA WON!! YESSSS!! And how is Manhattan celebrating? IN BLUE!!

And this post has just GOT to be inspired by this amazing city, and how it inspires my work once again. But first, let’s go back in time, to 1957 to be more precise, and to Greenwich Village.

A party hosted by Art Ford in his brilliant Greenwich Village apartment and with Cy Coleman performing – I can’t think of anything quite so glamorous and just FUN! And what about the closing illustration of Washington Square? ANYWAY…. I then thought, why not do a piece that captures the fun and sophistication of this era? And so my Greenwich Village bowl came to life.

I painted the outside inspired by Greenwich Village facades with the inside being an Art Ford party in full swing! Then I got excited about the results and did another bowl, this one smaller, just concentrating on the guests and musicians.

And then I just HAD to do a mug as well, this time ONLY with dancers. I have more plans for this Greenwich Village party theme, so do stay tuned!

NOTE: Photo of Manhattan in blue is by Shane Walton, and the rest are by Araceli Robledo.

NOTE2: On my way to Jim and Valerie‘s to deliver their Greenwich Village bowl, together with the¬†MoMA and Central Park bowls they had also purchased, the bag in which I was carrying all 3 pieces broke and they smashed into the pavement. It’s been just a few weeks, but don’t think I have recovered from the trauma just yet…!

Queen Victoria Building

In the heart of Sydney’s central business district (or “CBD”, as it is known here), lies this sensuous 19th century shopping centre. ¬†Queen Victoria Building’s interior design is wonderfully lush and romantic, just look at its lifts:

I had originally gone to buy ink for my fountain pen, but spent longer than expected looking at everything the place has to offer. From Aboriginal art galleries,

to a Viennese cafe, Klimt reproductions on the walls and Sacher torte included.

 

There’s also an abundance of jewelry shops – look at the size of the Australian baroque pearls of this necklace oh la la!

And believe it or not, there’s a shop that specialises in tin soldiers!

However, my biggest surprise came when I saw a Metropolitan Museum shop! With classic gifts and merchandising one would buy in New York, this shop was fully stocked.

And in case you missed my posts here and here, I do find a lot of inspiration in museums for my porcelain bowls. For a second time, the Met was subject of my work:

NOTE: All photos by Araceli Robledo