Sunday Selections #68 A ceramic edition

by frogpondsrock on May 6, 2012

in blogging,cancer,ceramics,environmental stuff,friendship,Fun,real life,sunday selections

I like to make rocks. I get a great deal of personal satisfaction from making ceramic rocks. As I am making rocks I go elsewhere in my mind and I find a place of beautiful stillness and in this space I am working at my most intuitive.

I enjoy making all the work that I make, otherwise I wouldn’t make it BUT it is these rocks that give me the most pleasure.

So without further ado here is the Ceramic edition of this weeks Sunday Selections. There are some rules to this meme but I am fluid, follow them or not, it is up to you. I do ask that you link back to me though.

The Blurb

I take a lot of photos and most of them are just sitting around in folders on my desktop not doing anything. I thought that a dedicated post once a week would be a good way to share some of these photos that otherwise wouldn’t be seen by anyone other than me.

I am also remarkably absent minded and I put photos into folders and think that I will publish them later on and then then I never do.

So I have started a photo meme that anyone can join in and play as well. The rules are so simple as to be virtually non existent.

Just add your name and URL to the Mr Linky.

Publish your photos on your blog using the “Sunday Selections” title.

Link back here to me.

The Photos

These little lidded vessels are about the size of a squished tennis ball. I call them puzzle boxes because it takes a few twists and turns of the lid to make it sit correctly. I had heaps of fun making these.

This is a candlestick and incense holder. We had a power failure recently and I didn’t have anything to stick any candles into.

This is the side view of the same candlestick and incense holder.

This is part of the first platter that I made in response to my recent trip up to Burnie. I can still feel the psychic impact of driving over the hill into Devonport and being smacked in the soul by the ocean.

This platter is available in the Off Centre Gallery in Salamanca Arts Centre

And then we leave my rocks and travel to the other side of my artistic brain and have this work, which I also adore making. These three pieces are part of the Rose Exhibition, which is showing now at the Lady Franklin Gallery in Lenah Valley. I have donated all of the sale price of this work to the Cancer Council.

 

{ 32 comments }

Toushka Lee May 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Those little puzzle boxes look like snake heads!
I love the platter and those last 3 are so colourful and quirky.
One day I will come and see them in person.

that sounded stalkerish…

frogpondsrock May 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Lol not stalkerish at all Toushka, just Toushkarish :)

carmen May 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I just love ceramics Kim. There’s something about the organics of it… healing and grounding all at once.
xxx

frogpondsrock May 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

It has the safe effect on me Carmen. If I am really super stressed I like to walk barefoot in the garden, if I am stuck somewhere without access to the earth I have been know to stick my fingers into the soil of a pot plant as a desperate grounding/earthing measure. Making certain pots have a seriously soothing effect on me.

river May 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

When I’m super stressed I go out and pull weeds, that’s my calming and grounding method.
If it’s raining cats and dogs, I’ll cook instead.

Elephant's Child May 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Oh Kim. I am just gobsmacked. Again. I have never seen a sample of your work where I didn’t lust after several items.

I love the puzzle boxes. Lots. And the platter. And the surreal pineapples – which I hope bring in megabucks.

frogpondsrock May 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

You need to send me your address.

Bek May 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

the puzzle boxes are so cool!
and the candle/incense holder :)

frogpondsrock May 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Thank you :)

Jude May 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

OMG, I love the pottery incense holders. They look like they have evolved very 1000′s of years and just been discovered by archaeologists. another species of reptile me thinks.
Jude

frogpondsrock May 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

YAY! that is exactly the reaction I was after. Thank you

Jude May 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I meant to say rocks and incense holders. I couldn’t find an edit button to fix my comment after it posted.

river May 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I love the puzzle boxes too and that candle holder is beautiful!
The three pineapple (vases ?) are very colourful and I love the colours.

carolina May 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I love the rocks. They look so tactile and I love all the little details. Beautiful Kim. I can understand why you love making them. You can see that by looking at them. They have a soothing quality about them.

Rusty Hoe May 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm

The one thing I love about your pieces is the texture. Every time I see a piece I think I’d love to hold and run my hands over the patterns, I’m a weirdly tactile person. The puzzle boxes fall right into that.

frogpondsrock May 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

They are very nice to hold. I am a very very tactile person. I like to touch people as I am talking to them as it gives me a sense of who they are. (I try not to do it but…)

janet May 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Such beautiful textures, and I love the turtle’s mouth opening. That gorgeous platter has a flounder-y look.

frogpondsrock May 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

On my recent trip up to Burnie, Janet, coming over the crest of a hill and seeing the Ocean had a huge impact on me. You would think that because I live on a small island that I would see a lot of the ocean but I don’t. The geography is such that it is the dry schlerophyll forest dominates my everyday landscape and then the river Derwent and Mount Wellington dominate my everyday life when I am at work or out and about doing everyday things. The marks in these puzzle boxes were made with bits of coral that I found on the beach at Burnie. and yes it does look like a turtle mouth. I have a small green one here that I didn’t photograph that looks like a dinosaur skull :) I like it very much.

Sharon @ Funken Wagnel May 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

I hope you had a lot of fun making these. It looks like you did. I really like the puzzle boxes best, I think

frogpondsrock May 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

I did and I do :)

jennifer May 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

These puzzle boxes is really beautiful… I love these stuff…

frogpondsrock May 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

I do like complimentary spam bots. Thank you Jennifer

Andrea @ From The Sol May 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Hi Kim, nice to meet an artistic soul with a big heart. Your work stimiulates idea’s and thoughts and creats their own beauty in the mind of the beholder. I am coming to you after seeing your Sunday Selections on Elephant’ Child. I have pictures galore, just waiting to be posted on your meme … I will start today. Thank you for the wonderful idea and again for your beautiful artwork.

Andrea @ From The Sol

frogpondsrock May 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

Thank you for your kind comment Andrea, I was feeling a bit flat and your comment arrived at precisely the right time. Reading it last night on my phone in bed I was grinning away at your kind words. Thank you. I am pleased that you will be joining in and look forward to seeing your photos.

Beet May 12, 2012 at 1:47 am

I was showing one of the girls in my art class your blog the other day at tafe and the puzzle boxes showed up – they remind me of snake heads too! – She was spellbound by your work. I love your ocean platters

frogpondsrock May 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

Spellbound! oooh! What a lovely compliment. Can you tell your friend that I am sitting down here in Tassie grinning away full of the glow from her compliment. The piece of coral I found on the beach at Burnie is so small about the size of a band aid and it makes those lovely snake-skin marks.I love the marks it makes. I have been trying to make a similar stamp myself but without much luck so far.
The ocean platters deserve a blog post of their own but they really represent me having come full circle in my artistic practice. Thanks for the comment Bettina, I enjoy seeing the progress of your work through your photos on facebook. xx

Cindi May 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

I must have missed these last week when traveling. The puzzle boxes made me think of turtles. The one on the left in the first photo looks like a turtle turning its head up to scan for danger.

Sue June 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Oh! Your stuff is fabulous!

Hopefully it shall inspire me to get back to the clay. I did art therapy sessions for two years, and when we got to clay my art therapist said to me, “I think you’ve found your medium.” And I thought I had too. But have I broken out that slimy cold block any time recently? No, not for months and months and months and months and I really can’t work out why.

These creative blocks are very strange, sometimes, are they not?

frogpondsrock June 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Sometimes, they are strange indeed. Crack open the clay and then send me a photo of what you have made. Can you fire your work?

Sue June 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Eek! Maybe … or maybe I won’t haha :) I may possibly be too doing wees in my pants to actually send anything I’ve made. This is probably the last really big thing I’ve done, which I was quite pleased with: http://discombobula.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/poured-out.html

But I’ll think about it, hehe :) I can’t fire my work myself, no. There’s just such a whole other world, of kilns, and glazes and it’s pretty overwhelming. I went to a couple of open studios last year down the road from me. Both had kilns in their backyards and I was very jealous.

frogpondsrock June 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I am sorry it took me so long to reply. I love it. Did you end up getting it fired? We have a local ceramics society here and we have a kiln that members can use if they don’t have a kiln of their own. Are there any potters societies or the like near you?

Sue June 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Awww, fanks! :) No, I didn’t end up getting it fired. It sits here at my work desk (along with my partner’s piece of Malcolm Fraser that he made when he was seven, haha :)

I don’t know if there is a potter’s society or the like near me. I would imagine there would be several as there’s a high concentration of arty types. That’s a good idea; I think maybe I could do with going to something like that to keep me motivated … or forced, or whatever it is I’m needing :)

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