Saturday, 26 July 2014

Form, Function and Craftmanship.


If I'm to get back to blogging I think I need something to bang on about and of late it has been this!

Form, Function and Craftsmanship!

It's certainly is something I'm passionate about as I see more things about that maybe lack these three things.... but I must express that this is just my humble opinion!

I won't be highlighting what I don't think fits this criteria but I will highlight what does!
This will have a new blog look but that will take some thinking too.


So why the pottery?
Well?... made by a duo called Kat&Rogar.
He wheel throws the pottery, she hand paints!

They appeal to my retro sensibilities and are so well thrown and painted! 
They look great paired with my West Germans and I am pleased I splurged. 
I think they may be a modern collectable?
Yes I would like more!!!
Have a look at their website, I defy you not to want this on your xmas list????





 I'm desperately rushing around (waddling slowly) to do a few things for myself in between doc appointments etc
Why is pregnancy not relaxing....give me a dark cave and no medical intervention please?

Anyway so off I popped to the Mid Century Modern exhibition at the NGV Melbourne

Ahh my dreamy place full of #Form, Function and Craftsmanship!

 One day I will own a Featherston!




 You'll be forgiven in thinking that this is another pic of the exhibition but no my humble home with a new addition, no not loveheart yet but a chair....nearly as nice!!!





After years of searching I have finally found a friend for Lady Turquoise...an armchair featuring the same sweeping arms and sexy legs!
 Confirmed the maker as a Danish Deluxe too....YAY!

Danish Deluxe was founded in Melbourne in the 1950s and is responsible for designing and manufacturing high-end Danish styled furniture.
The company was formed by Neville Askanasy, John Westacott and Borg Gjorstvang (2 Danes & an Aussie). Their strong in-house designs and quality craftsmanship also enabled them to gain licenses to manufacture the work of legend designers like Hans Wegner & Niels Moller.
As well as manufacturing furniture for domestic consumption, both in Australia and overseas, Danish DeLuxe also manufactured chairs for the Australian Pavilion at EXPO 67 in Montreal, the Australian Academy of Science building in Canberra, and the Sydney Opera House.

I want to wrap her in Marimekko because her upholstery though nice is an insipid sage green, totally inoffensive but gag boring!


 The collab is at the Finders Keepers Market this weekend, I hope they are received well!


 I hope you'll enjoy this new focus, thanks for popping by!


Thursday, 24 July 2014

A bit of thrift!



Hello 70's latch hook from ebay!
Come to my home and hang out on the blue wall!
Even Mr Ouch said you were a bit of alright!




I love lidded forms and I really enjoyed making them back in the day too.
This little piece is Scandinavian I'm told?
Terracotta, glazed white with a tin oxide brush work? 
Very sweet and very well made.
I can't recognise the makers mark, let me know if you can?



My Toy collection is growing!
Got a thing for Vikings! CHARGE!!!!
They make me smile :)



Got a thing for modernist jewellery at the moment and have amassed a collection, which I hope to post about soon. Very easy to sneak in the house ;)

The necklace in the centre is new, it looks like a Pentti Sarpaneva but it doesn't have the same link to the necklace as my others have but hey I loved it and figured it needed a home!


I'm on maternity countdown #35weeks, come on loveheart lets meet??

Pippa x 

 


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Zillpa + Ouch Flower Craft Collaboration- LAUNCH DAY!


Well we did it! ...and here they are!
Tasseled baskets and bowls! or 3d weaving?

You'll find these beauties on Clare's Stall, at this months 

They are limited edition, they are original, they are form and function in perfect harmony!

My uni lecturers banged on about that all the time!  

They are Craft, they are Art, they function, they feel good!
I'm proud!


Huge thanks to Clare for agreeing to collab with me!

 

























 Thanks for popping by!


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 If you use these images, link with love!
Thankyou.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Maternity Leave, Etsy shop and my musings!


Hello there, 

I just wanted to touch base and say a huge thanks for your lovely support of my creative ventures.. since starting this blog!

As I'm now finally on maternity leave #32pregnant and preparing for the arrival of our little loveheart. 

I have decided to close down the etsy shop :( ....cause I just don't see a return to tassel making in the foreseeable future?

 Having it on holiday mode was still leaving folk questioning when they would return and so by closing it, might allow for some moving on?
Etsy say I can return anytime, thanks Etsy!:)

I look at some old pics and see what the tassels were and at the time, I was very much enthused by them and I'm still proud of them too but if that's all I make from now on then I'd be disappointed in myself for not trying to venture forth into something else?
If you have any thoughts on this matter feel free to butt in ?

The pottery course I just did, was a bit of a fizzer and has left me with more questions then answers but that may just be the path I am on or is it the hormones talking, please feel free to butt in?

So for now it's nursery decorating for me!
I'll be back soon with that at some point :)

See you on instagram, if you really keen to see what I'm doing whilst my belly expands over the next couple of weeks!!
Bah!!
 Thanks for reading my post :)

Pippa.



Tuesday, 6 May 2014

This is a no 'drive thru quick fix' creative class!



Indeed!
I'm second class in and we haven't even touched Porcelain yet!
I'm talking about my clay class at the Slow Clay Centre in Collingwood with Prue Venables.

Instead there has been lots of discussion and sharing of ideas and concepts, some making in terracotta to get the ideas flowing and research, it was set for homework!
.....so being the perpetual art student I have created some inspiration pages in my sketch book.

Of course when I think jewellery these days, I think Modernist Scandinavian! 
In Australia you can't beat Dinosaur Designs for inspiration!



In the future, I'd like to venture back into wall hangings but with a ceramic twist! You cant go past Heather Levine for inspiration on that front!


How my ideas will translate and what I think I might do is still a bit of a mystery? 
Prue wants us to develop our own ideas, take our own risks with the material and experiment! 
This is not a make as I make class but a real journey of self creativity. 
It takes patience and trust to feel able to do this....I'd forgotten? 

This is what real teachers do...any thing else is cookie cutter instructor!

If you have a strong desire to develop your skills and ideas then find a class such as this to develop you....I believe that the recent influx of 'get creative' classes about, aren't really teaching you anything but the ideas of someone else?
A creative quick fix, drive thru mentality!

Creativity cant be taught but fostered and nurtured and it will blossom when given permission to develop.

I mean no offense to anyone in saying this but sometimes I think things need to be said?
As a teaching professional this is what we do, as an artist, we sometimes need reminding?

Next week we are learning how to make a plaster cast of a bead. I'm going to spend sometime on creating a special bead to cast off, with the hopes that it will be good enough to hang round my neck and admire....Woo Hoo getting closer to making in porcelain!!


On another front!
I have been working on a craft collab with Clare from Zillpa.
Tasseling up her rope vessels has been a delight to do, must get this finished before 'love hearts' arrival!
Yes love heart!....ouch boys idea!





Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Kick Start!


Robin Best

So I thought to myself, if your really serious about doing this clay thing again, well your gonna need to do some research, some listening, some learning?
I thought if I approach this turnabout the same way I created,
Ouch Flower then I could do no wrong?
So some time ago I became a member of Craft Victoria and last week I attended this event.

Talk About Craft: International Focus

'For a chance to network with key ceramic identities and listen to Robin and Kris discuss how to market your ceramic practice and gain representation within an international arena'. 

ROBIN BEST
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Best attended the South Australian School of Art, Australia to attain her Diploma Design Ceramics in 1976. Best continued her studies at the University of South Australia, Australia and received her Graduate Diploma Visual Arts in 1993.
After her studies, Best went on to develop her work in Jingdezhen, China which resulted in work included in the 2013 exhibition “New Blue and White” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
She is noted for delicately painted narratives and patterns on translucent, porcelain vessel forms.

Robin Best


Kris Coad

Kris Coad


KRIS COAD
Kris Coad is a ceramic artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a practicing ceramicist for over 20 years, dividing her time between her studio and being an educator at RMIT University Melbourne Australia and Hong Kong.
Kris produces ceramic works for exhibition, pieces for commission, and a translucent porcelain bespoke tableware range for selected retail.
In 2002 Kris was awarded a Masters of Fine Art by Research RMIT. During the same year she was the only Australian honoured at the Sydney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award Shepparton Art Gallery.
Kris has exhibited in over 80 exhibitions internationally

Kris Coad
Both create such beautiful work and I could of listened to them talking about there ceramic practise for hours but I din't learn anything new about gaining international recognition that I didn't already know?
These ladies are doing it 'old school', the way that my 20 something self found too inhibiting then. 
Getting a portfolio together and working with galleries who weren't interested in new up and coming in the 90's?
Working with agents to source projects and act as go between for galleries?
There was no mention of social media and collaboration?
There was talk about working with stylists, that's about it?

Granted the art pottery audience is very different from the standard insta-community but it's a great platform for self promotion and sharing!

What was the best bit about the night was meeting
Christopher Plumridge a renown Australian potter who's name I remember in circulation when I was at Uni,
His work is divine! A potter's Potter!

Chris Plumridge

Chris Plumridge
I hope to meet with Chris again and view his studio some time :)

If your on insta check out Sheppartons Art Gallery insta feed for more clay goodness!

Next up is some pottery classes, at the Slow Clay Centre in Melbourne!

Prue Venables
I'll be creating porcelain jewellery with another renown Australian potter, Prue Venables.
You can imagine my excitment!!!!

There alot of porcelain clay making workshops around....but for me it's important to learn from someone with a bit of pottery street cred!
I could rant about that alot, but that's for another post :)


 If you have got this far in the post, thankyou for reading!
I hope you'll join me on this new journey!

Pippa
Prue Venables 

Prue Venables