Australia/New Zealand/Home

So as you can tell I have really slacked on keeping up with this. I do believe that it is good for me to document and share with you my work, and adventures. After on the edge of the shelf, I visited a few places and caught up with a few friends. Stopped by Canberra, Gundaroo, Sydney, went to Wallington winery, and eventually flew to New Zealand. Here are a few images from that part of summer/winter.

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On the edge of the shelf international wood firing conference

For the past month I have been at on the edge of the shelf, a international wood firing conference. The conference was held at one of the most beautiful places on earth, Mystery Bay NSW. For almost a month I had the pleasure to converse, create, build, fire, eat amazing food, learn, teach, swim, fish, and dive with over 40 amazing artist from all over the world. It will probably take me the rest of my life to process the amazing experiences I had with this group of people. Words, and pictures will never do this experience justice, but I feel that sharing with everyone just a bit will somewhat explain the happening that occurred. The people that gathered together at this event are now a beautiful tribe, and will never forget what we all shared. I walked away from this event sad, and joyful all at the same time, but I look forward to crossing paths with the people I met in the future. We created something so magical, and beautiful it will live with me forever. I miss my tribe, but I know we are all doing amazing things out there in the world.

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Cooling day adventures! Clifton beach/Mt. Field national park

The kiln has been cooling the past two days, and me and josh have been getting some exploring done. Tuesday we went to Clifton beach cliffs, where we hiked, climbed, and jumped along the rocks. We saw some amazing landscapes/seascapes.

Today we went to Mt. Field national park, and hiked up to the tarn shelf. Another incredibly beautiful place here in Tasmania. Tarns are small lakes on top of these amazing mountains. To much adventure to type about with my iPhone. Here’s some pictures from both adventures. Hope everyone enjoys, it was a pretty special time in my life.

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Loading/firing the kiln at ridgeline pottery

For the past month, josh, and myself have been making work here at the swipe residency at Ben, and Peta Richardson’s. It’s been a wonderful time of growing, learning, talking, and enjoying ourselves. We worked with local materials, and even used sea water to mix our glazes.(replacing soda ash) We loaded the kiln last week, and started firing Saturday night. We finished Monday afternoon, and it has been cooling the past few days. We’re very excited to open it up, and see what the fire has given us. Hopefully I’ll get that post up before to long!

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Mt. Wellington field trip

Sunday we decided to take the day off, and take a little field trip to the Hobart farmers market, and Mt. Wellington. It was the first time for myself venturing to the big city. It’s a beautiful city sitting right on the water, and Mt. Wellington to its back. It’s about the same size as asheville, and I got a very similar vibe as well. After the farmers market we ate lunch at a burger place called standard.(we have a standard in asheville, but it’s pizza) Once we finished up with lunch we took off for the top of the mountain. You can drive straight to the top which makes for a lot of tourists, like myself.(or as Josh would say I’m an adventurer not a tourist) Even with tons of people it was absolutely amazing up there, rocks cliffs, clay, and the ocean below. Josh, and I were running around, climbing rocks, and taking pictures all over the place. It was an incredible day off, and I’m again very thankful to have Ben, and Peta showing us around.

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Work from the last firing before Australia

Here’s a few bad shots of my work that I managed to take from the last firing before I left the country.

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