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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Tassie Field Trip!

This weekend Ben, Peta, Josh, and myself took a field trip up to Reedy Marsh Pottery, where a great ceramic artist lives/creates by the name of Neil Hoffmann. His place sits in the bush right outside of Deloraine. It’s quite different from most of Tasmania, it’s lush, green, wet, trees everywhere, and is sanctioned as a wild life refuge. Upon arrival we were greeted by Neil, and his lovely family. During our stay at Reedy Marsh, we ate great food, drank tasty wine/spirits, and talked for hours about a number of things. It was truly a magical time in my life that I will never forget. The next day we said our goodbyes, and left to come back to Ridgeline Pottery. We took a different route than the way we came up, and ventures threw the Great Lake/Central Plateau region of Tasmania. It was some of the most beautiful Terrane I’ve ever seen. I want to say thank you to Neil and his family for being wonderful host, Ben and Peta for taking us up, and Josh for inviting me on this grand adventure.

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Swipe residency in Australia

To those who don’t know. I’m currently in Tasmania with Josh Copus, doing a residency called SWIPE. (slow working institute for pragmatic expressionism) The residency is put on by an amazing ceramic artist, and friend by the name of Ben Richardson, founder of Rideline pottery. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to create, communicate, and explore along side Josh, and Ben. I’ve been here for almost a week now, and am absolutely blown away by Ben’s knowledge of the material, and process. I’ll be here till the end of April, and then will be headed to mystery bay for a international wood firing conference, where Josh will be presenting. I can’t thank these guys enough for allowing me to share this experience with them.

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