ceramic pieces made on the wheel

As promised, here's some photos of the ceramic pieces I made on the wheel in the term just gone. I did ceramics last year too, but just hand building, not the wheel. I did have a go on the wheel, but it was really hard! And I was having way too much fun making things by hand to stop, slow down and practise. This year though, I wanted to have a proper go at it. 

I was really nervous when I started that I would be awful at it. Like I expected everyone to be awful at it first, but I was afraid everyone else would pick it up and I wouldn't, that I would be the only person in the class not going anywhere. Weird old fear I guess. While it was pretty hard to get the hang of it, I figured out soon enough that it wasn't impossible. And actually it was fun. It's a really short course, so there isn't time to really practise and get right into it, but it was enough time to get a little bit better! I really liked what I made in the end. It was very satisfying to learn something new, something that had frustrated me before.

Last year I did a million experiments with glazes too, but this term I kept it really simple and only used glazes I knew would work, and tried to make a few of the pieces match each other. So I really liked what I brought home. There's so much more to learn, so far to go... and it's a tricky hobby to have because you need a kiln and glazes etc, it's not something you can easily do at home on your own. But I am really hooked on it. I miss it now that term has ended!



thinking about what's next

So, for the last few weeks I have been doing the 'Blog With Pip' course about blogging, by Pip Lincolne from Meet Me At Mikes. You know Pip. I am sure you do. You won't see any changes here yet, but I've been doing a lot of thinking about where to go with blogging. It's been a thought provoking start to the course - things that I'd already been tossing over in my mind are now right in front of me, and being discussed with classmates. In a nutshell, it's been five and a half years that I've had this blog so now I am wondering things like...
  • do I want to keep blogging? (um, I think so)
  • how much work would it take to make this a blog I really like? (a lot)
  • do I know how to make all those changes? (no, but I could learn)
  • would I rather start a new blog that better reflects what I do? (yes... I think I might want to do that)
  • would that also be a lot of work and involve things I don't know? (yes!)
  • do I know what I am doing with any of this? (no!)

I've always stumbled with blogging because while I like taking photos and I like posting them, I don't know what to write about, so I don't know how to keep a focus (which I now understand to mean I have not created a niche, a thing that people can search for, when they are searching for... things). I didn't mind this for a long time. It was a rambling, un-noticed blog and actually that was what I really liked about it! But if you recall, last year I left my job and that has changed everything. It has changed the way I spend my time, the way I take photos, my other creative pursuits, the way I deal with ideas. I feel like this blog needs so many changes to make it what I have in my mind, and that makes me sad, like I am abandoning it! So.... I am not sure what to do!

The other thing I struggle with, and I have mentioned this before, is dealing with the stupid number of photos I take, and how to edit them. I end up with so many photos that I don't post any at all. Part of what I am wondering about is whether to start a new blog that is much more carefully curated, where I choose what I post much more deliberately. Maybe I would keep this one going as a sort of scrap book? Leave it as the un-noticed, rambling, happy, messy, random place it has been for this long but have something new going that is a bit sharper, a bit smarter. Again, I am unsure.

If you have any thoughts on any of this, I'd love to hear them. Leave a comment, or email me, or send a message on facebook.... even if you don't see this post for a while. I've got a few ideas but I am spending too much time trying to puzzle it all out. Any clues would be appreciated like tiny breadcrumbs I can follow. The course is worth doing too, if you have a blog (or want one) and are looking for either technical information, ideas, tweaks, direction... or just a chat with other bloggers. I'm glad I signed up and have a good feeling about blogging again... whatever form it ends up taking!




I grew a couple of sunflowers over summer, but other than being good for photos they weren't that great! Hardly any of the seeds took, the few that did got eaten by caterpillars and the two that made it seemed to need a lot of water or they went all sad and droopy. But I enjoyed watching them unfold and open up. They lasted about a week and now they are all crispy and finished. I'll scattered the seeds and see what happens but I am not going to try very hard with them again!



Summer is officially finished now and we're on to autumn. I love this time of year, watching the shadows get longer, cool air at night, and that feeling of starting to get excited about wearing scarves and cardigans. This was a really good summer. I was happily funemployed*, so staying home a lot, spending my time growing tomatoes, learning how compost works, taking photos of plants and shells, reading books, and looking at clouds. What more could anyone ask for? It's been a really happy time but now I am looking forward to the next season and to different kinds of things. I took so many photos over summer, and I never know which ones to post - there are so many it takes me ages to decide which ones to post, so then I don't post at all! I need to work on that this year, somehow.

Happy start of autumn everyone!


*I totally recommend the book Funemployed by Justin Heazlewood. A great read for anyone in the arts in Australia.


year of the sheep

Apparently the year of the sheep (or goat) is going to be more chilled out than last year, the year of the horse. It's going to be calmer and more nurturing than last year, which kind of bolted away from us and made crazy stuff happen. These photos were taken at the Chinese New Year fair last week in Northbridge. Here's a greeting I found when googling the year of the goat:

Wishing you a goat year, in life goat eyebrows and snorting, in business goat self-satisfying, in career goat pass wide road, and may worries goat be always far away. This goat year make a goat fortune, everyday a cheerful goat!

So there you go. Happy goat eyebrows to you this year!