New works….Great for Mother’s Day Gifts

These works are examples of what can be purchased at the Makers Workshop in Burnie in the next two days. Then some will come back to the studio. A few will replenish stock at On TRAK at the Visitors Centre in Sheffield on Thursday…. and of course you can contact me to order…all easy to post. Each is an original unique artwork, not reproductions/printsDSCF4214









HANDMADE... not just purchased bits glue together

HANDMADE… not just purchased bits glue together


Artwork in Material Girl

You may by now be sick of seeing my glass sculpture on my blog but this should be the last time. Just letting you know it has been accepted in this year’s Material Girl Exhibition to open at Moonah Arts Centre on Friday night. It’s a pity I can’t get to that but have to be in my studio  for a workshop on Saty a.m. At least, as my entry was accepted, I know my digdtal image was OK.

If you are in Hobart Friday do go to the opening… it is always a most creative selection of works in Material Girl and the staements relating to the theme… this year “speak to me”… are always varied and interesting. My work, titled    “I will Listen”  has the following artist’s statement addressing the theme

Speaking honestly and openly  is one side of the communication equation. It is completed with the addition of an attentive and sympathetic listener.

The mother and child in this artwork reflect this balance.

Painted simply in Sumi E style with no distractions the whole represents a natural harmony.

Digital files of artwork

I re-photographed my glass sculpture (shown in my  previous post) using my DSLR rather than mobile phone  and taking the photo outdoors rather than inside. The image is much different…… almost a different artwork. With many selective art competitions entered  by digital file these days one wonders how legitimate the selection is. My two photos have not been adjusted but even so they are very different. With a bit of permitted tweeking the variations are almost limitless. I know this topic has been brought up before ….. it really is tricky. There are so many pluses to entry by selection from digital images of works as far as ease of entry, transport etc but I do wonder about the credibility of assuring the “best” works are chosen. It seems it is not just about the artwork now it is also about the photograph of the item. One must question how true many are to the reality.

Kiln Formed Glass Sculpture

This free standing sculptural piece incorporates a sumi E style image on kiln formed glass. The brush strokes were painted with water based paints suitable for firing to 850 degrees Celsius. Using a soft chinese goat hair brush, in this style of painting economy of stroke is important. The figures are formed using only sufficient marks to express the posture and relationship between the mother and child.

All materials are found/recycled (except the paint) using tin float, broken glass and a base of driftwood. (height approx 30 cm)

Glass pendants and brooches

I started working with kiln formed glass being attracted to the sparkle of dichroic (a little bling). But very quickly the painter in me pushed that aside (although I still do some) and I met the challenge of painting watercolour style miniatures on tin float glass which is then kiln fired. MUCH more unique and each is an original, one off, work of art. The medium captures the feel of our special island and I call them Tasmanian Moods on Glass. Available direct from the artist and at Dean Walker Design in Burnie. Tas.

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Glass workshop Wednesday feb15th 1 till 3 at Forth Art Studio. ph 0364282675 (2 vacancies)

Workshops Jan, Feb 2012

I am back home, many hundreds of photos later. Loads of inspiration. Wonderful catching up with family and friends. Now busy with commissions (bad luck about Christmas). Spent last night organising New year art sessions. I spaced this lot more (hope it suits Natalia).

 Includes Inktense Pencil (Jan 21), Watercolour with a Zen influence (Jan 27), Silk Painting Feb 3, Finger Painting for Adults 6 Feb, Kiln formed Glass 17 Feb, 3D with Polymer Clay 23 Feb.  For more details see post Dec 24 or ph 03 64282675 or leave a message and I will email you.

POLYMER CLAY CREATIONS at Penguin Market tomorrow

This week at Penguin Market I will be working with Polymer Clay. I have been making decorative mice for cheese platters (pocket pet mice for children) for many years. I have also enjoyed making small sculptures such as cats and garden flower brooches. At one stage I made mask brooches and recently I have been working on my Cocoon jewellery range. This unique product combines contrasting surfaces of polymer clay and kiln formed glass, usually  dichroic,but sometimes hand painted recycled and tin float glass. After oven firing the creations are extremly hard. Come and see the works in progress from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. You can even buy some polymer clay to try for yourself.