Sunday, October 30, 2011

Prettiness comes in all shapes and sizes

Recently I was asked by a fellow Perth Upmarket retailer and friend Tamara Harrison if I could create a one off piece as a wedding gift for a dear friend.

With design in place the makings began, I'm not going to lie pretties, it was has been an anxiety ridden couple of months.

Why you ask? Let me count the ways.

1. Southern Ice - my material of choice is a super elastic porcelain clay body that is surceptive to warping and cracking on the slightest whim.

2. I'm used to working in a hand-building style.

3. It was winter - anyone worth their ceramic salt will know it's a nightmare waiting for pieces to dry in winter.

In saying all that I am an optimist and a bit of an under stater. So when my good friend Danica mentioned (repeatedly) that the piece wouldn't dry for a good month I scoffed with the arrogance of a fanboy first in line at an Apple release. That's right, I was a F.O.O.L.

Why was I a fool? I had advised the ever patient Tamara that a turn around time of 5-6 weeks wouldn't be expected.

Fast forward 5 months, that's right 5 months, I've just delivered the gorgeous vessel.

It's something I wish I had made two of because I will never make anything like this ever again...well...maybe.


So before you eyeball the pretty piece here are a couple things I want, nay, need to gush over:

1. No warpage - holy bananas! The probability of this not occurring is mega!

2. Glory be to glazing -perfect, perfect, perfect!!

3. From conception to realisation - it turned out as planned.

4. Did I mention that I only had one piece? In hindsight I wondered what I would do if the piece failed...yea, that's right, naive arrogance.

So to end, here it is.

This pic taken on my iPhone doesn't do it justice.

Pretty out!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Its been a long time coming

I've finally had the time to update my website with this years model shot.


A new 'Work' section. That's right, so new it has that new car smell.

Click on the below pic to connect your way to my website.

Yes, this is a sneek peek of one of the new pics from the 'Work' section.

Pretty out!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

It's shameful that I haven't been on here in a while. I have a lot of excuses but there aren't any new ones to offer.

Rather than being a porcelain related post, I would like to take this time to acknowledge the passing of Steve Jobs.

From a business point of new the man was genius and from a makers viewpoint - a visionary.

In my own way I've tried to live my life to a couple of Steve Jobs-isms.

  • Be the yardstick of quality

  • Quality is more important that quantity.

  • Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower.

  • The difference between success and failure is pure perseverance.

  • Break the rules - don't be a conformist, be the one who thinks they can change the world and do.

    • R.I.P Steve Jobs.