I have been potting for about 35 years on and off and in that time I have learnt many different techniques from attending workshops and trying things for myself from my research. One of my more interesting workshops was at ANU in Canberra, on Soda Firing and eventually I have built my own Soda Kiln last year and fired it three times successfully. This year I will alter it slightly to try for results such as well known potter Gail Nichols achieves.
Some years ago, I began a course in Ceramics at JCU part time which meant travelling to Townsville a couple of times a week. Part time took much longer that planned but eventually I received a Bachelor of Visual Art in 1997. Then a few years ago I did an additional course by distance at ANU University for a Post Graduate degree centering on Soda Glazing in Saggars.
I have been a member and office bearer of the Ingham Potter’s Society for all of my Potting life and have built kilns there and helped in the erecting of our present Club House in an administrative and “Gofer” capacity.
A few years ago, I attended a Basketry Workshop in Sturt and recently I went to the biannual Basketry Gathering in Bacchus Marsh in Victoria. I have a large yard and find that a lot of things growing there can be used in basket making but it does not end there as most anything, either natural or man made can be used for that purpose. Recycling at its best!
Together with Eco dying and Cyanotype workshops held in Ingham, I am attempting to transpose these decorative mediums to Ceramics and I find it both frustrating and exciting. There are so many other techniques left to try to master that one lifetime will not be enough.
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