Monday, November 23, 2009

Postgraduate Degree Show 2009

My cast of characters are slowly assembling, waiting patiently in the wings for their last costume rehearsal. Some of the little spacecats are suffering from anxiety and perhaps stage-fright while the other larger felines are prancing around with confidence.

It's been a long time coming but I'm just in the process of putting a few finishing touches to the last pieces, and of course there are a few more creatures still emerging from the slip bucket in my studio. I'm currently planning the installation and have set myself an ambitious goal to create shelves that will hold and retain liquid (with lighting).

I would love to see you all at the show, so if you're in the area feel free to mosey on down to check out my 'Fractured Fairytale' Series.

The opening is on Wed 9th Dec, 6-8pm at Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Rd, Rozelle, Sydney.
It runs to Wed 16th December.
Monday - Friday, 11-5pm
Sat - Sun, 11-4pm.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

I love bad things: the dark side of creativity

Stumbled upon this site while researching the work of Michael Doolan. Worth a look if you are attracted to the darker side of life.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Unbearable Sydney Design 09

I managed to piece together the fragments that survived the long trip from Norway for a display in this years Sydney Design Utility Exhibition titled 'Unbearable'. I also began work on a new display shelf made out of acrylic to hold liquids. I wanted to experiment with the porosity of the ceramic pieces and the contrast in textures. The piece is titled 'The Lust of the Huldra: a norwegian nightmare' and is based on the Norwegian myth of the woodland temptress, the Huldra, who lures men out of their homesteads with her beauty to steal their sheep and milk.

Thank you Mark for taking all the lovely photos.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

australian ceramics triennale, sydney, 09

Penny Byrne, John and Janette Were all set for the Long Walk

Penny Byrne, If Only Gay Sex Caused Global Warming, mused Mother Earth
Just when I thought it was safe to relax , I came home to the pulsating vibe of the 'Australian Ceramics Triennale'. And as it was taking place just down the road from me at my old college (NAS), I couldnt find a reason not to go. I listened and watched, albeit a little brain dead, but it was worth hanging around for the Marek Cecula and Takashi Yasuda words of wisdom - "Design is Dead" (ie: as we know it). And of course I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Penny Byrne's pieces in the flesh. She is probably one of my fav ceramic artists at the mo. . Thanks Penny.

Printing on Clay Workshop, Sturt Craft Centre.

A week after I arrived back from my long residency in Scandinavia, I was rushed off to Sturt to conduct a five day 'Printing on Clay' workshop. It was a great way to get rid of jet lag!
We spent a couple of days exposing images to screens (using the Gocco and photo emulsion method). Followed by some fun days printing (and maybe one not so fun half day printing decals, foo foo smelly).
I sometimes feel we almost need 10 days to cover all the possibilities associated with printing on clay but we managed to pile in at least eight different techniques during the week. The techniques ranged from Intaglio printing, lino cut printing, monoprinting, to various silk screen printing techniques.
We even managed to squeeze in a decal firing!

Residency @ Guldagergaard, Denmark

Myself, Brian, and Malin posing infront of Malin's Raku fired wall installations.

Malin, Brian, and I exhibited our work in the Apple tree Gallery in Guldagergaard. We added a bit of glamour to the event by dressing in our finest and serving chocolate dipped strawberries. Mmm Mmm.
We spent a full day Raku firing our decal and lustre printed pieces.
Yes, it's Danish flags in dog Poop, a sweet but unusual Danish tradition.

This piece was donated to the ceramic collection at Guldagergaard. It is made up of readymades, fake snow, raw clay mountains, and a raku fired decal printed Moose.
We also experimented with lustre in the Raku firing.
Images for decals were collected from fairytale books, the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Krone Circus, and various street signs around Denmark.

These pieces were inspired by the Danish childrens story writer, Hans Christian Andersen.

Fused together with a few things from my own childhood, signifying the dawn of the computer game era.
Had a fabulous time at the International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark. Spent the month of June working with another ceramic friend of mine, Malin Jansson, We spent most of the weeks gathering images to make decals with, had a lot of fun in the process, as most of our research was conducted at the circus and the fair!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Work in Progress Exhibition

The Work in Progress Exhibition, NB8 Gallery, Oslo, Norway, 30th April.

My installation, titled Je suis humain




Installation by Tine Semb.

Installation by Maria Skjonsberg.

My ceramic installation, Fractured Fairytales I.

Monday, May 18, 2009


Ultra:Blamann, ceramics, photograph, projection.

Fractured Fairytales: Fish Tank Fantasies, Ceramic and Mixed Media

Snipp, Snapp, Snute. Sa er eventyret ute (The End), Ceramic and Mixed Media.

Lust of the Huldra, Porcelain and Mixed Media.

Ultra: Blamann, Porcelain and Mixed Media.

I am rushing off to indulge in some traveling before I start my residency at The International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark, so there's not much time for blogging but hopefully the pics will speak for themselves.

I presented my work on Friday 15th May in a small project space at KHIO. The exhibition was titled Ikke selg skinnet for bjornen er skutt, a norwegian proverb meaning Don't skin the bear before its hunted down. I wanted to use the context of Norwegain proverbs for my titles as they are also linked to folklore and legends, the basis of my project.

The Blue narrative titled Ultra: Blamann, was exhibited at The Norwegian Porcelain Biennale held in Porsgrunn on the 8th May. The exhibition finishes at the end of May, so I have decided to donate the work to The Oslo National Academy of Arts. So, for this exhibition I presented a large print out of the work with a 3D animation of snowflakes projected over it.