Live. Grow. Flourish

wpid-20141202_141745.jpg

These are my Live. Grow. Flourish plant pots in small and large. Each one has different text.

wpid-20141202_141822.jpg

Live. Grow. Blossom and Breathe. Bloom. Flower in my two favourite colours Turquoise Blue and Red.

wpid-20141202_141810.jpg

An invocation to the plant and the person

wpid-20141203_125341.jpg

Fresh out of the kiln and still piping hot in the studio.

wpid-20141203_130101.jpg

Uh Oh. Breakages…

Helloo lovely people.

I’ve been working hard in the studio recently and building up for Christmas markets. Above are my plant pots after bisque firing. I’ve been concentrating on trying to replicate the same size pots. It’s not that easy. For sale purposes it makes pricing easier though. Most of these pots are made from recycled clay. That’s clay that is left over bits, trimmings and greenware breakages. These are thrown in a bucket together with water until all mushy, then dried out to the right consistency and wedged together again. There are a variety of methods to do this recycling which I might show in another post. The down side of it is, that it is quite time consuming and labour intensive and sometimes there are little pockets or air bubbles that don’t get wedged out. However, it is good for saving costs and in its benefit to the environment. The couple of breakages shown in the image above are what happens if you miss a bubble – the pot blows up. Out of an entire kiln load I only had three breakages which is pretty good, but still a little bit annoying. That clay Goddess is a fickle mistress.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Looking for a day job

image

Panda drawing in ink

image

Black bunny drawing in ink by Julian aged 4

image

Seal drawing by Isabella aged 4

image

Giraffes by a number of different children

image

Rabbit family by Tavii aged 4

image

Otters by Julian

Hiya folks. Here are some works by kindergarten children I have been working with recently. It’s all part of a larger project on “Mapping the City” through Carclew Youth arts here in South Australia.

Artists take the groups of children on walks around the city and take photographs which are then used as the basis for making artwork and a ‘map’ of the city. We got the chance to go the The Adelaide Zoo and draw lots of animals.

The examples above are done in ink on paper, texta and collage. We are working on incorporating some of the works into one large group work 1 metre by 3 metres wide.

Tommmorrow is the last day of the project and I will be getting the children to draw animals on felt so we can make our own “softies” or soft toy sculptures.
Cant wait for that!!
Then I’ll have to get back to looking for a day job to pay the bills.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Gut wrencher

image

This work is by Indya aged 11

image

This work is by Alex aged 10

image

This work is by Courtney aged 9

image

This work is by Diana aged 12

image

This work is by Monet aged 10

image

This work is by Schyler aged 5. “Calm in Autumn”

image

This work is by Elizabeth aged 6.” The man in front is calm the people at the back are angry.”

This week I have been getting my children’s classes to make portraits in paper collage based on colour and emotion. We have talked about how colours make you feel. Red (for example) might make you feel angry, stresses or annoyed. It also might make you feel love and passion.

I asked the kids to make a portrait based on an emotion and a related colour. Above are some of the results. The first image by Indya just about makes me want to cry when I look at it. So sad and poignant. I didn’t get a chance to really talk to her about it but I was blown away by the work. Interestingly, not many of the kids did a “happy” face or a “fun” face. Lots of emotion and expression pent up here I think!!

I also love Diana’s work above of the red lady. That was her second work of the class and it looks quite angry to me!!

And finally now, a word on glitter!! Unfortunately, in the bottom of the paper drawer I had left some containers of glitter which the kids found. I haveĀ  a love/ hate relationship with glitter, but the kids LOVE IT!! Including the boys! The problem I have is that the kids when they use it put it EVERYWHERE!! I’m not so much worried about the mess but a perfectly good artwork has sometimes been decimated by 2 kg of glitter over most of it. Hopefully here I have managed to contain the glitter frenzy and it has been used sparingly in most cases.

Beware the glitter monster.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Lo and behold stamps

image

image

I’ve been playing around with these old stamps I found. I was wondering what I could do with them. Some of them are so cute and SO Australian. It’s a little bit if history in each one. Can anyone remember when sending a letter cost 5 cents?? Not me!!
Any thoughts or suggestions on what crafty activity I might do with these??? I’ve got a few ideas but I’ll wait until I try them out to let you in on the secret.
Love and art
Sarah-Jane