A Birthday Gift

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For a recent milestone birthday I was given a fantastic group present of a 3 day ceramic course. A few weeks later I packed my bags and headed to Canberra for a Form and Surface Course with Ben Carter at the Canberra Potters’ Society.
 
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After throwing forms and adding slip on day one we then swapped our creations for our classmates to decorate on day 2 and 3. Ben said this was to ensure we didn’t get precious with the work but I’m not so sure about that… working on other people’s creations made me feel MORE pressure!
 
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Still, it was a pleasure handling my classmates work, which were quite different to what I would make and I’m excited to see them when they come out of the kiln. The image above was hand built by Isabel Mackay-Sim and I then added the slip and carved into it.
 
Keep an eye on Instagram for the finished pieces!

Keeping plants alive

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I’ve been keeping myself amused making hanging planters which I’m loving due to the combo of the ceramic pot, the plant and the material I use to hang them with.

There’s been quite a bit of trial and error – I found my favourite black and white hanging elastic absorbed all the water from the plant and stained it a brown colour. Not good.

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I’ve also been experimenting with the type of plants which work in an indoor setting without drainage holes. Most succulents do well near windows so imagine if you will my house 2 weeks out from a market stall. Every window has two or three plants hanging around it. My bathroom has various airplants happily growing in low(ish) light and hopefully all these plants will flourish in time to find new homes.

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If you’re keen to get some more plants into your home/office/man-cave/she-lair or are looking for a fun present drop by the Maker’s Market in Thirroul on Sun 16th Nov from 12 at Anita’s Theatre and get ready to be bamboozled with choice!

Candles to keep

lemongrass and coconut candles

I am excited to introduce 2 new items into the shop today, candles that are hand poured into handmade Japanese ceramics.
You can have a look at the Banquet Candles and Tea Ceremony candles in the shop.

The whole concept of this range is that once your candle has burnt you then have a beautiful handmade cup or bowl to use and so I wanted to give a few instructions on how to reuse your container after the candle has been burnt:

  1. Pour boiling water into container to remove last bits of wax.
  2. Use tissues or paper toweling to wipe away any black smoke residue while container is still hot from water.
  3. Wash container in warm soapy water or your dishwasher.
  4. Enjoy!

Candles in tea cups

Keeping in touch

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I’m well immersed in the summer holiday vibe so things have been a bit slow here at C&K HQ. Luckily, I recently installed a wheel in the garage and have been happily making various items which will no doubt make their way to the shop or to ka~fé where I sell a few of my wares.

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By far the best way to keep up with what I’m making is Instagram. I’m also loving instagram for following artists, its a great way to get a feeling for someone’s practice and inspiration.

Come and follow Cobalt & Kin, I’d love to meet you!
Chrystie