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new year, new directions

so…here we are in 2019, with loads of plans and fresh new year’s resolutions. PJ Pottery has recently moved from the Sunshine Coast to the Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland so the set up of the new studio has been all consuming but – we are nearly there!

The big news is the XX FACTOR exhibition at the Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, if you’re around  come in, say hi, buy a piece or two.

The concept behind the XX Factor exhibition was designed to shine a light on the extraordinary talent of the Sunshine Coast region’s women ceramic artists, dedicated to their unique creativity and that mighty XX factor. The rationale for the theme to create works of scale and gusto over half a metre in size was to unify the display, offer a challenge to the participating women artists and create a spectacular exhibition. 

Initiated and driven by ceramicist, Nicci Parry-Jones – who will co-curate the exhibition at the BFAC – this show will coincide with International Women’s Day 2019 (7 March) with generous support from WINDO and the Noosa Regional Council through  a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund.  The XX Factor exhibition opens 3pm Sunday 3 March at the Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple St, Cooroy, Qld. This will be the official opening of 3 exhibitions to celebrate women artists from the region, more details here.

XX Factor exhibition flyer

 

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what a ride!

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I loved the challenge of making a whole new range of teapots and tea sets for the Finders Keepers Design Market and now it is here – 9-11 November, Brisbane Showgrounds. Now it’s your turn! Come visit and indulge yourself, family or friend with a handmade gift that will hopefully bring joy for years to come.

Here is a taster of the teapots that will be for sale and check my shop for more you can purchase online. You can also purchase small yunomi cup sets to match.

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i’m in love

TEAPOTS are a challenge and a joy to create, I feel honoured to be part of the November Finders Keepers design market in Brisbane with a stall of my handmade teapots and I’m in a frenzy of making. Thought I’d share part of the process…

teapot making

teapots are made in separate parts – body, spout, lid and handle – and put together once the clay has firmed up a little to a ‘leather hard’ state. Once constructed they need to dry slowly to avoid cracking of the individual components and then they are bisque fired, glazed and fired again.

Opening the kiln at the end of this quite long process is a huge reason I love pottery,  it’s like opening a treasure chest – every time!