It is always delightful to have a good number of people visiting the Stuart Street Potter's Co-operative Gallery in Dunedin, and we had an exhibition opening there last Saturday to feature our two new members, Anne McLean and Suzanne Emslie. The exhibition of their work will run until 9 June, so do have a look if you are in Dunedin.
The Co-op has 12 full members and one associate member. The members all share the running expenses of the Co-op and we all take turns to look after the gallery. Our work is all different, there is no "house style", some do mostly domestic ware, and others lean towards sculptural. The gallery is a fairly enormous old shop that is long and narrow, and is situated in Lower Stuart Street opposite the Law Courts. We all have our own shelves to display our work, and also put some items on plinths. There are hundreds of of items on show, and it does take time to go around the gallery and absorb what is there. I still make "discoveries" when I look after the gallery.
I am really pleased that Anne and Suzanne have joined the Co-op, not only are they nice people, but the work they do is different from what the rest of us do. Anne made some small barrel fired pots for her exhibition, and it gladdens my heart to see something that was produced in a smoky atmosphere!
|Some of Anne's barrel fired pots.|
|Suzanne's Figures (the white ones are Oamaru Stone).|
Suzanne has made some ceramic figures, and also some Oamaru stone carvings. Oamaru stone is a very white limestone that is quarried near the town of Oamaru. The stone is quite soft and easy to work, even with old saws and cheese graters!
Since I last wrote, I have been improving the storage area where I put my work after I have made it on the wheel, and I have been starting some new large work.
|This bottle is 26 inches tall (660mm), but will shrink a bit as it dries.|
My studio is very small, and I always have a battle to find room to store new work, and pots that are awaiting being glazed. It all gets very inefficient and frustrating. Glazing and finishing pots is done in the same small room that the pots are made in and my storage rack gets overwhelmed with new pots, bisqued pots, pots with fresh glaze on, and so on.
|Here is the bottle again, with a "friend". The friend is awaiting another coil or two of clay to finish the top.|
I want to build more shelves in the adjacent room to take some of the work in progress, this will be a good winter job! I did manage to improve things a bit by reconstructing my storage rack, and modifying how it supports the ware boards that hold my work. The modifications enable me to use the rack more efficiently and probably increase my storage by about 20 percent.