Thursday, 19 November 2015

Exhibition at Applehouse Gallery, Guldagergaard, Skælskør

Last Saturday, 14th November, my exhibition of retrospective and new work opened in the Applehouse Gallery, Guldagergaard, Skælskør.
Ingrid Nørby, founder and director of the now closed and much missed Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen, opened the exhibition.
After the opening there was a dinner in the beautiful first floor rooms of the studio building.
Festivities continued the next day, with breakfast for all at Hotel Postgården on Skælskør harbour front, followed by a memorable tour out in the district in a Parisian bus from 1934 - a Renault TN6 CHL - from the local Bus Historical Society.

Large earthenware pot from the 1990's

The Retrospective section: work made in South Africa - when I was at school and Art School
Mette Marcher (Director of Guldagergaard), Ingrid Nørby (founder of Galleri Nørby) who opened the exhibition and Priscilla Mouritzen

Talking about the cups...

and the round pinched wood-fired pots from Finland AIR

Dinner for 56 afterwards in the newly restored studio building, Guldagergaard
Candleholders made during AIR work period in Fiskars, candles made in Fiskars by Desico
Renault bus from 1934
On the road
On the island of Glænø
On Glænø - driver Ole Vang

The famous "Dancing Frieze" fresco in Ørslev Church
Bus parked at Ørslev Church

Grave decoration, Ørslev Church

On the road from Borreby back to Skælskør

Monday, 26 October 2015

Firing and lights in the night

On Friday we packed the kiln and on Saturday it was fired. Opening and unpacking will take place when it has cooled down sufficiently... 

Rings of wadding for the kiln props

Alix and Riitta

Amazing how much work it takes to fill a wide, deep kiln
Firing underway - raking the coals
Firing from 6 until midnight....

Meanwhile, in Fiskars Village, there was a Festival of Lights:

Floating light
Shoe light

Cup and teapot light

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Decorating cups for the wood kiln

Today I have decorated the last of the 9 huge cups I have made (all pinched in porcelain) for the firing which is going to start this Saturday (24th) in the Bourry Box kiln here in Fiskars.
The wood kiln

 Autumn in Fiskars is very beautiful, and very quiet - next weekend will be different though as there is going to be a Light Art Festival: "Lux Helsinki" comes to Fiskars. 

From the Fiskars Village homepage:
"As a part of the Fire&Light theme, CulturaMobila- a community arts partnership-, will perform plays every Saturday at 7 pm , during this theme. CulturaMobila is known from their powerful outdoor spectacles which have included the following elements: Giant Dolls, Fire Sculptures, installations, sounds and illuminations. Venue place for these shows is Copper Smithys Black Hall".

This performance takes place close to where we will be firing the kiln on Saturday night!

Last small pinch pots drying today

Small plates made from Crank clay with different slips

Chair cup

Chair cup with pot plant

Another cup, same chair....

Different view of cup

Help from Nora Kinnunen in transporting the raw pots down to the bisque firing

The load from yesterday's bisque firing unpacked

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Carved light holders and linocuts

and the late-night work: slow development with linocutting....
Vermont farmhouse stove
Can't wait to start printing on paper which is made here in Fiskars by Erja Huovila.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Saturday morning

From the studio door
Saturday morning, bright sunshine in Fiskars, and the crowd of pots has grown. 
This week Riitta Talonpoika kindly lent me a wheel and transported it up to my studio, but I have had little success so far with it - using Witgert porcelain "Body No. 011 “Mont Blanc”, the whitest and most translucent ceramic body on the market"- I see this morning that 2 out of 5 cups I threw have "S" cracks, so I don't think I am going to waste any more of this special clay on throwing: better to stay with pinching, rolling and coiling.

I have mixed two terra siggilatas and now can start decorating some of all the 53 bowls.
The round pots made with Crank Clay are made to go in the space between the firebox and the bag wall of the kiln. They will be painted with a coat of kiln wash a là Kaupo Holmberg (my studio-mate at the 2011 Kohila Symposium in Estonia), perhaps over porcelain this one - fired at Kohila in 2011.The kiln wash inhibits all fluxing on the pots, and gives the most subtle colours a chance to be visible, as the brown stoneware body cannot dominate. The porcelain slip is also a barrier to inhibit "brownness". We will see...

Saturday morning gathering of pots

I made bread yesterday