#ManninghamVictorianCeramicArtAward2017

Feels pretty lovely to have had my piece ‘Lorikeet’ chosen as a finalist for the Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award . 


This Biennial event is for Victorian makers only , and in the past has been one of my favourite exhibitions to attend . Usually very broad ranging works and always high quality.

I’m pretty stoked to be a participant for the first time !! 

Exhibition opens Wednesday August 16th 6-8pm 
Exhibit  closes Saturday September 23rd 

Tuesday -Saturday 11am-5pm 
Manningham Gallery 

687 Doncaster Road , Doncaster VIC 3108 

Tiny terracotta tiles , and grief , and artist’s block 

For those of you that don’t know, my lovely mum died at the end of May . She had reached the ripe age of 90 , and had been in care as she had Alzheimer’s . It had been a while since I could be certain that she know who I was , so we had been saying goodbye for a long time to the person she once was . 

So my sister and I were prepared for her leaving us , it wasn’t a shock , and like in many cases it was indeed a blessing . We had become orphans , as my father had passed away 12 years before . I really thought I had done my grieving in the last 7 years of that terrible Alzheimer’s period . But of course I hadn’t . The memories of my mother before the diagnosis came rushing back ,and I’m missing that person she was – again . I recently snuck into the yard of their old beachside home (which looked like it hadn’t been visited in 6 months sadly ) and stole some lemons , took some cuttings , and just sat on the back step . It was so comforting and lovely. 

Since returning from my fabulous trip to the US ( see previous posts , I had such good intentions to keep blogging !! ) , I’ve become stagnant in my making . One would think that having such a fabulous experience as having my solo show with Charlie Cummings Gallery (FABULOUS) , NCECA (it was ) and seeing all my lovely internetty freinds ( AMAZING) , would be a big ROCKET to catapult me into the studio feeling refreshed and ready to MAKE !! But actually it just did the opposite weirdly . I felt utterly and completely burnt out . I really am an ‘all or nothing ‘ girl ,I really need deadlines ,  so (apart from my gorgeous teaching commitments) I did nothing . Which then just became even less than nothing after mum died . 
I did what some people do and went online shopping , buying from the one and only gentleman potter – Michael Kline  of his BEAUTIFUL ceramic coasters . 


Years and years ago , I used to make terracotta tiles with little brass hooks glued to the back to hang as a display . So this sparked a little something off in my tiny little brain . (Thank you Michael xx) And I started tinkering and playing , with no real thought of where I was going with them . The first little bunch were pretty plain (for me !) White slip over terracotta , cobalt oxide brush work & a bit of sgraffito . 

They have come out SO BEAUTIFULLY 💙 

And this first batch are now in my online store , yes international shipping too ! 

One of the interesting things that has happened is the conversation that ensued over on my Instagram account . And the kindness . So many people have experienced the very same emotions and artist block , of course I’m not alone in that . What is intruiging is the public face of social media , and everyone has a different use for it , usually shows all the good stuff . I think it’s so important to show the real studio life , otherwise there is this perception that we have all got our shit together . Which we don’t . Because we.are.human . 

Scoot over to my Instagram account to read the conversation 

So then THIS happened ……… 

Very very meditative . All that scratching , sgraffito and painting . I have possibly woken up my sore wrist & elbow , so maybe not a good idea to make these ALL the time !! 

I’m planning to pop a small batch of these up in the online store when they are done , possibly Sunday evening (AEST MELBOURNE july 9th)  and will have a nice range of them with me in the SPRING /SUMMER market season at the Heide Makers Market opening September 9th 💙

So I suppose that’s it then ? I’ll just keep faffing about , and making when I feel like it ?Thanks for reading this very long ramble , 

Cheers 

Adriana xx 
(PS …..  I have NO IDEA how the advertising below got here !  So my apologies until I can work out how to get RID of it !! Ugh ) 

Hello BOSTON !! 

So an overnight  train trip from Washington DC brought us to the incredibly beautiful city of BOSTON , Massachusetts.

We are very lucky to have a lovely freind in Steve Fuller , the author of An Urban Cottage blog . 


I found a friendly cup of Sophie Moran’s for breakfast , and this extraordinary Tatsuzo  Shimaoka . 

One of the BEST part of this amazing trip,of ours , was my being able to finally meet up with online friends for REAL !  Gabrielle Schaffner and I both share some Italian heritage and we are #claysistas !! 


We are so grateful for Steve’s hospitality and thoughtfulness in showing us around ! 

AMAZING lobster rolls at Roberts in Maine ! Yup . They tasted as good as they look ! 


And more adventuring ……


Visiting the Corey Daniels Gallery was such a highlight , such an extraordinary unique gallery .


I’d REALLY like to put this Jung Hur painting in my checked luggage ! (Thanks Gabrielle Schaffner for the image ) 



We had been recommended to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston , and I had no idea how affected we both would be by it . We visited two days in a row ❤️

Having a home cooked meal while we were away was one of the highlights , especially if you know Gabrielle ! 

Check out her Instagram account , and drool ! Not only a skilled maker , but also an amazing cook !! 


There was a little foray into seeing an APPARENTLY beloved sports ground ……..


Then back to our accomodation to wait out #WinterStormStella , which closed many airports across the east coast , and cancelled our plans to catch the train to New York !! 

BAH !! 

Luckily managed to rebook our Air BnB accomodation, and hoping tomorrow’s train will still be on TRACK to New York !!

Cheers 

Adriana 😋

Washington DC 


After an INTERESTING drive across from Asheville & Penland NC , we were pretty happy to ditch the car and return to the less nervous mode of transport ( we drive on the LEFT in Australia !) -FEET !! 


(Smithsonian – National Museum of African American History & Culture )

Super sad that the Museum was closed on the evening we came across it , and the next day was spent elsewhere .

I’m hoping to have a good look online at some later stage , it looked AMAZING through the glass !


And ……  close encounters of the squirrelly kind !! 
 


I was soooo excited to see a Louise Bourgeois‘  -‘SPIDER’ at the  National Gallery of Art Sculpture Park ! To create as much artwork as she did in her 98 years on the planet just astounds and inspires me . 


The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has long been on our  list of places to see , we loved every single musty corner ! 

(above – ‘Zuni ‘ , Native American Indian Pottery )

There is (amongst lots) an exhibit called ‘Objects of Wonder’ , from the collections of the museum . Seriously could have spent hours and hours in there .

(‘Bird Headress’ – Jivaroan , Ecuador , pre 1940 )  Excuse the lousy photography , I was desperate to record this amazing piece ! 

After the BEST meal and wine at Centralino Osteria , we’re on the overnight Amtrak train to Boston ! 


I’ll just transform myself into this Arctic FOX ! Here comes the snow & cold !! 

Cheers 

Adriana 🙂 

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Seagrove , Asheville , Penland and @klineola ! 


I met the wonderful Carol Gentithes and Fred Johnston while they were in Australia , presenting a workshop at Vipoo Srivilasa studio CLAYLAB in my hometown of Melbourne.

Such an incredible studio in Seagrove !!


I keep saying this , but people have been INCREDIBLY kind and generous ! 

Carole took us for a quick visit to STARWORKS NC !


 Andy Nasisse was building a piece for the upcoming FIREFEST at Starworks . 

(Carol Gentithes with her FIREFEST sculpture) 

There are a great number of pieces from past events in a beautiful gallery space , as well as a dedicated gallery for new works , glass & ceramics . 


And KILNS !! 


TODAY was one of those FABULOUS jam packed over booked but totally worth it days !! 


We had a 24 second visit with the DYNAMO of a woman MELISSA WEISS at her incredible studios in Asheville NC . 


SO fantastic to meet all these wonderful people in the REAL ! 

Melissa collects her clay from her property in ARKANSAS 😳

Once a year ……

…….and then processes it to a special Melissa secret wild clay recipe ! 


Check out her INSTAGRAM account @melissaweisspottery 


Penland School of Crafts ❤️


We met up with CLAYBROTHER Michael Kline , who generously showed us around this INCREDIBLE school !



 (Penland kilns above)

And a SUPER quick visit to his home studio 


We did a fun little livestream video on Michaels PERISCOPE 😊


Mr Kline must be the KINDEST Potter on the PLANET ! (And Jack the pup is pretty ace too !) 


And now we are on our way to Washington DC ! 

Cheers 

Adriana x 

North Carolina USA 

I’m SO happy to have spent time with Charlie & Varian from Charlie Cummings Gallery , now based in North Carolina . The gallery is online only until a suitable space is found , my Solo show -Australiana , Birds of Home is now open and all work is available to purchase . Of COURSE they ship worldwide !! 


Having a good relationship with those that represent you and your work is SO important. A no brainer really . 

It’s been beyond wonderful to meet Charlie and Varian after a few years of emails and Skype calls , and cement the connection in REAL LIFE ! THE most wonderful , hardworking honest people . I’m so humbled to have been invited to show with such a well regarded gallery . 

We visited The University of North Carolina , in Chapel Hill – to have a tour of  BEAM , which is managed by Charlie Cummings .  

” BeAM@CAROLINA is a network of makerspaces where the UNC community can come together in the design and making of physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation. We offer open studios, training workshops, host classes and group activities in spaces equipped with emerging technologies like 3D printing as well as wood and metalworking shops.”( from the UNC BEAM website ) .


(Charlie & Peter) 

So many clever , magical technologies being explored – including incredible 3D printing !


(Adriana & Varian ) 

I’ll have one of these swivel chairs thanks very MUCH ! 

The workshop /studio space was in full use when we visited . 


These INCREDIBLE paper mâché puppets were being made by participants under the guidance of Master Puppeteer Donovan Zimmerman  as part of the Spring Residance program at BEam. 


Onward south , we had been invited to stay with my wonderful freind Nikki Mizak .


Nikki has a show which has just opened at Clay Art Vegas .


Nikki is a wonderful human , and she has a beautiful warm and inviting home which she shares with her husband and two absolutely ADORABLE young children ! 



And what a COOK ! Yum ! I’ve busted my fear of bacon and maple syrup on the same plate !

French toast , butter , banana , maple syrup , pecans ! (Plate by Ashley Devitt

After the BEST sleep , we head off to Seagrove – Potters PARADISE ❤️

Cheers 

Adriana x 

LA 

So , I fell in love with Venice Beach CA ❤️


After no sleep for 24 hours ,we thought the best way to stay awake was a 5 hour tour of LA !


Possibly the beer was a bad idea , but Farmers Market was gorgeous 😋


Hollywood was rolling out the red carpet for the premiere of Beauty and the Beast . 


Such a weird place . I’ve never felt more like a ‘country mouse’ ! 


And we were the naughty ones that were late returningto the tour bus , did I tell you I really hate tours ? 

Finally slept for 456 years and jumped on our flight to North Carolina , where when we landed -we’re greeted by THIS in the foyer of Raleigh/Durham Airport …. 

Yup . AT THE FLIPPING AIRPORT 

I nearly cried . Welcome to North Carolina ❤️

Oh and by the way , my show opens online today at Charlie Cummings Gallery at NOON EST !! 

Crikey !! 

Cheers A x