Friday, December 18, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Bakehouse Studio Christmas Party

Last week, The Bakehouse Studio had their Christmas party, where all the regular ceramicists got to show off and sell their seriously wonderful, tactile wares.

photos: colourful beads by Jo Boag; vessels by Lisa Holzl; pink frangipani littering The Bakehouse's back lawn.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Nora's art

I'd been sorting washing, when my distracted mind had an idea that I had to put into my sketchbook straight away. Nora watched as I sat on my bed and drew, then asked for a turn herself. Needless to say her illustrations are far superior to mine.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


One of the best things about Summer is the food. The stone fruits and juicy mangoes, ripe berries and refreshing watermelons. Zucchinis! The abundance of green things. Abundance of fresh food in general makes me pretty happy.

To inspire myself to make more salads, I'm keeping a record here of recently created and enjoyed salads over this summer. Here are the first two.

white cabbage // radish (straight from the backyard, 'cause radishes are officially the easiest thing to grow) // mixed greens // cucumber // orange // coriander // garlic chives // topped with a homemade coleslaw style dressing

a bed of kale and beetroot leaves wilted with a little garlic // beetroot // goats cheese // walnuts // parsley // an unnecessary dijon mustard based dressing (next time I'll leave that off, because it was creamy enough with the goats cheese mixed through)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Ceramic Beads

Really rustic and simple, but so satisfying to make. Now I just gotta find some cord to string them on.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Printing at The Rizzeria

Last week, I was introduced to The Rizzeria, a not-for-profit co-op, which enables anyone to self-publish/print their own works. Our print session was guided by Miss Helen, an artist, designer, riso printing expert and volunteer. What a revelation! My head is brimming with ideas, and I can't wait to visit again.

Bettina, another Helen and I spent a lovely two hours marvelling over their beautiful space in Surry Hills, filled with an eclectic collection of inspiring posters, zines, tea towels and art. Oh, and we printed our collaborative 'Slow and Sparkly' colouring book. Now we just have to meet up, trim, collate and organise wire binding - before distributing the books to members of our online sketch group. After which, I look forward to spending a lazy evening colouring in.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Celeste Cebra Kotevich

My awesomely brilliant sister has won the Onslow Storrier Paris Studio Residency for three months. I'm so excited for her and incredibly proud. She is exceptionally talented and skilled, but has also worked astoundingly hard to become as accomplished an artist as possible.

Tonight, I'm heading in to the NAS to check out all the talent at the graduate exhibition. And naturally, I especially look forward to seeing my sis's work in amongst it all.

Celeste's online fine art photography portfolio.

Update: Last night at graduation Celeste (much to her surprise), won the Joel Corrigan Memorial Prize for Photography

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Slow and Sparkling

A not so 'quick and dirty' sketch recently created, as part of my (somewhat) monthly #10in10sketches.

To celebrate two years since this challenge was first put forth by Bettina, some 10 in 10'ers are joining forces to create and print a colouring book, using our drawings. I'm totally excited. I'll be forcing the books onto unsuspecting family and friends, to encourage a little extra creativity and down time with pen and paper.

In the meantime, I've given one of the originals to Nora to colour. I rather like the result. Shall have to frame and hang it (:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Imperfect little bowls.

Just some of the little pinch pots I made that first night at The Bakehouse Studio. There were a few more, but I've already given them away. Very wonky, yet they still bring me joy. They were created with raku clay and an unpredictable slip, which resulted in a tarnished appearance.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

An envelope.

Another unfinished project. An old holey tea towel to be repurposed as a pouch for a kindle. Inspired by Alex Falkiner's kantha envelopes. One day I'll show you the end product.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Bakehouse Studio

Back at the beginning of the year, I thought about this blog and why I do it. Why I even started it. I never had any clear goals, but I thought it'd be a place to record personal snippets of real-life inspiration, for myself.

Somehow, over time, this space simply became a record of our days. This year, I've taken a step back. I figured I'd rejoin this space, when I had something wonderfully creative to share. Yet the spurts of creativity have been so short and uneventful (or even nonexsistent), that I never seemed to record them to share here. But I think it is time to come back. To make a proper effort. For myself, because it does make me happy.

Thankfully, I seem to be surrounded by inspiring, influential creative souls.

Last week I was invited (by the ever-wonderful Betty) to a dinner at the local Bakehouse Studio. It was amazing. We were fed a deeee-licious three course meal by the amazing chef Nigel Douglas. The food was served on stunning handmade pieces of pottery. AND between the courses, we got to play with clay. We all made simple pinch pots decorated with slip, under the gentle instruction of Lisa Hölzl. We started with small salt dishes, and progressed to creating decent sized bowls and plates. Every single one turned out different, their beauty in their uniqueness. Each a reflection of their maker's state of mind - mine were quite slap-dash and skinny!

It was all very tranquil. When you think about it, there is something very elementry, almost primal about shaping mud with your hands. Strangely, such tranquility was energizing.

So here's to making it back online, feeling inspired and meeting wonderful people that create welcome momentum in our lives.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The 52 Project.

Truthfully, I'm not joining in this year. Last year I never made it past week fourteen. However, I completely treasure that record of my children's growth, and those 14 posts are my favourites on this blog.

This post is entirely self-indulgent. Simply so I can flick between it and the first of the 52 project photos from last year and marvel at how much my three have grown.

So allow me to indulge myself, even if I'm not joining in.

All three are sporting bed hair and naked torsos, just like last Summer.

Linking just this once, to Jodi's phenomenal project.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

Just before Christmas, the kids and I drove up the coast, on winding roads past swathes of flannel flowers and had a beautiful mini-break.

Wishing everyone a happy new year! 2014 went unbelievably fast. 2015 is going to be wonderful.