this semester i’ll be spending 2 months in australia. for the most part I’ll be staying in canberra, the capital territory of australia and working in the studio at the australian national university. while here, i’ll be on my own a lot of the time as this is actually summer in australia and school’s out for a little while longer.
i’m still in school in florida, taking three classes; ceramics seminar, professional practices and an independent study based around the sketchbook. i’ll be posting my usual travel posts, picture, profiles of local artists, etc, but i’ll also be posting a series from my sketchbook (under the catagory: sketchbook). daily drawings and responses to the things that i’m reading and seeing.
i collected some paper ephemera from my life in florida, went a little bonkers at cfop collecting pretty paper in the white/translucent/silver vein and made a cover from my favorite skirt that was getting too old to wear anymore.
just opened the book press
pulling off the protective wax paper
flipping through my new book
from here on out i’ll be posting approximately 2 pages a day recording some aspect or another of what i see around me in the land down under.
the last week has been kind of bananas. last friday i had pretty much run out of clay and took the opportunity to go to the clay store and get more, thinking i had another week of building ahead. that afternoon we had the monthly kiln meeting and i realized i had more like 3 days left. yikes!
i have amassed a pretty good collection of wall pieces for the installation i will mount before the end of my stay. i am using a mixture of local clays, both a smooth white and black shigaraki clay and a black clay with the ubiquitous feldspar inclusions. i am also using (sparingly) arita porcelain from kyushu.
tiny black and white trade pieces.
i have organized a mini- trade with the other residents. these are my little guys. see that fake grass under them? i found a whole case of 12″ x 12″ squares of it in the dumpster and might try to use it for something….
soon to be floor pieces.
floor pieces drying.
middle floor piece.
working here the last couple of weeks has been awesome! i love that all i have to do everyday is just eat, sleep and work. and being able to wake up and walk right to my studio pretty much rules.
i have been able to put everything else out of my mind and i’ve even had time to do some cooking. sometimes the residents get together to cook and eat. i invited everyone to share some nabe one evening and the other night everyone cooked something and shared, kind of like a potlock.
yumie working on her dish.
ok, maybe not everything else. i keep having dreams in which my kitties wonder off. it’s so weird. during the day i think “this is so wonderful i hope i can come back and stay longer some day” and at night my brain feels guilty or something. miss those little nerds:(