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‘Rona came to visit

Yes, I finally got the dreaded virus – so hello 7 days of isolation, then my poor husband got it which turned into 14 days. After losing a few days to coughing, sniffling and fevers, I made the most of my time in the studio: recycling clay, tidying the shelves and of course making teapots! Below are works in progress that I have enjoyed creating with a bit less hurry and distractions than usual.


I also finished a few sample beakers from the recent surface treatment workshop I gave in Redcliffe. I’ve since made a few more which will have a touch of gold added to increase their beautiful blinginess! These have a variety of techniques applied such as slip decoration, inlay, resist, sgraffitto and stencils plus underglaze painting. There are some of these colourful beakers for sale at e360 Design on Gallery Walk, Mount Tamborine.

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autumn and clay adventures

at the GC Potters Mudgeeraba Studio
at the PJ Pottery Studio

learning ceramics

There is a chill in the air here on Mt Tamborine signaling the approach of winter. So, out come the jumpers and socks but not much interferes with getting creative and we are getting ready for term 2 of classes at PJ Pottery. There is one space left in the 10 week intermediate class on Thursday nights for people with basic skills in hand building and throwing.

I am excited to announce my return to Gold Coast Potters offering a 5 week introductory course in hand building and throwing. Classes are on Wednesday mornings at Mudgeeraba.

art + music = adventure

The other exciting news is that Tamborine Mountain Arts Collective TMAC will be hosting an Artisan Alley at the Long Sunset Festival presented by QMF featuring Angus & Julia Stone. This “radiant new music event” is on 30 April at Elysian Fields, Canungra. PJ Pottery teapots will be included in the TMAC gallery space.

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pottery rocks!

Happy New Year! I am pleased to say that in 2022 pottery continues to go strong. My classes are full and back for term 1 and my students are as keen as to learn more about this wonderful craft. I am receiving commissions regularly, these are always a welcome challenge and I feel privileged to be able to create handmade pieces to order.

I love teaching and sharing my skills and so I am doing some short instructional videos that I will post here and on my social media pages. As a bit of a teaser, this is one surface treatment process using a thin masking tape to create lines in a glaze. This piece is not fired yet so you’ll have to wait with me to see the results!

revealing the pattern by peeling back the tape through the glaze
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Goodbye 2021 + Hello 2022!

What an incredible year of ups and downs for us all. I feel incredibly lucky to have my own studio on Mt Tamborine, Queensland and have been able to teach, provide workshops and sell work throughout the year. I feel for my fellow artists doing it tough through COVID restrictions. Remember, every time you purchase handmade you are supporting the arts and WE THANK YOU!

It was a busy year for me creating loads of new teapots; experimenting with coloured porcelain clay for jewellery; organising two exhibitions for Ceramic Arts Qld and oh yeah…I got married to the love of my life! #happydance

As a way of bringing in the new year with style I will be offering a 2022 PJ Pottery Teapot Calendar Every month features an image of a unique handmade teapot that I have made this year with a few from the archive. The A4 calendar will cost $25 and includes postage within Australia.

If you would like to pre-order please email me at hello@pjpottery.com

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winter update

the boots, scarves and jumpers are out and it’s a lovely time to visit Tamborine Mountain: be invigorated by the fresh mountain air and spoil yourself to a hot toddy at one of our excellent cafes and restaurants.

I’m thrilled to say the Iso Tea-Time of the Soul exhibition at Under The Greenwood Tree has been extended so there is one more week to see this show of steampunk inspired ceramics, you can ask Janene for a copy of the catalogue

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hand building teapot workshop

This workshop was postponed due to COVID-19 – happy I can now offer it again!

Ever craved to create something in clay? Here’s your chance! This one day workshop will give you a chance to build your own teapot, no experience necessary. $135 fee one day workshop includes everything you need: clay, firing and glazing. Morning tea is provided, BYO lunch and yes, social distancing will be in place.

9:30am – 3:30pm Sunday 12 July20200125_100711_0000

BOOK HERE

Email me hello@pjpottery.com for more info. These are small private sessions, maximum of 5 students so you get my full attention!

From a recent student: “Thanks for an awesome, laid back and insightful hand build  workshop I learned a lot. Your workshop is inspiring and your talent and skills impressive.”

 

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the iso tea-time of the soul

(with apologies to Douglas Adams)

you are all most cordially invited to…..an exhibition of elaborate handmade ceramic Steampunk teapots & tea drinking paraphernalia 

Iso Tea-Time hero image

Opening  Saturday 6th June 2020

Under the Greenwood Tree Bookshop and Contemporary Art Gallery

92 Main Western Rd Tamborine Mt Qld
Opening hours: 10am – 4pm  Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun.  Closed Tuesdays & Thursdays

Nicci will be  at the gallery from 11am – 3pm on Saturday 6th June.  For those unable to visit in person – a virtual tour of the exhibition by Nicci will be viewable on Facebook Instagram and via the gallery newsletter.

Catalogue of works emailed upon request 07 5545 4448 / 0424 586 066   janene@underthegreenwoodtree.com.au

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make your own teapot

Sorry, this workshop is postponed due to COVID-19. I’ll post an update with a new date….on the other side of this virus.

Ever craved to create something in clay? Here’s your chance! This one day workshop will give you a chance to build your own teapot, no experience necessary. $135 fee one day workshop includes clay, firing and glazing, morning tea provided, BYO lunch

9:30am – 3:30pm Sunday 5 April 20200125_100711_0000

Email me hello@pjpottery.com to book your place. These are small private sessions, maximum of 5 students so you get my full attention!

From a recent student: “Thanks for an awesome, laid back and insightful hand build  workshop I learned a lot. Your workshop is inspiring and your talent and skills impressive.”

 

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hand building happiness

making hand built teapots for newbies was a challenge but they were certainly up to the task, some fantastic works emerged and we can’t wait to fire and glaze them.

if you are interested in doing a workshop at PJ Pottery Studio on Mt Tamborine, send me an email hello@pjpottery.com or subscribe to my blog for all news and updates.