Sturt Pottery today
Last week both Adam Rish and I did a slide talk presentation to Friends of Sturt and visitors. It was a lovely evening (the highest attendance to such a talk) set in a friendly intimate atmosphere - Adam talked about his exhibition, and I about my work and residency. Always apprehensive before a talk, but I quite enjoy it once I get going. The following day I went to Sydney to see Alex Standen's exhibition at the Sabbia Gallery (http://www.sabbiagallery.com/). Alex is also resident at Sturt and it was great to see her work displayed so well, after watching her develop her work at Sturt over the last few weeks. She's one to keep an eye on!
We then went to visit the NSW art gallery (http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/), host to the Archibald portrait exhibition. Refreshing to see artworks from another culture. Irresistibly drawn to the aborigine totems.
Australian landscape painter, Fred Williams
Back at the ranch, the Woodies are in full swing, totally dedicated to their year long course working 25 hours a day, 8 days a week. Amazing quality of work - they've just completed their superbly crafted tool cupboards which they erected by their work stations during the week. So silky smooth, and they looked fantastic.
...plus the exciting work which is happening in the weaving workshop - cross fertilisation of ideas and materials. Looking forward to seeing what they've done by the end of the year.
Alas! This is likely to be the last blog post before I leave Australia. If I carry on writing, I'll just get overly sentimental. I'll add more to the blog when I've had chance to reflect and the dust has settled. This residency has been wonderful, more than I realise until I've had time to digest, and so very memorable. I've met some great people, made new friends, contacts, and some pretty good pots too. I'll rephrase that - some blinking good pots! The impact of this residency will stretch far beyond the parameters of these last 3 months. It goes without saying, I'm looking forward to seeing friends and family now, catching up and having another summer to look forward to...I hope. It's late - time to pack my suitcase. I leave tomorrow, then up to stay with friends north of Sydney before flying home on Tuesday .Everything feels a bit strange at the moment... Till next time.