Ceramic Artist

Jackie Masters

By Jackie Masters, Apr 25 2017 01:59PM

It was wonderful to see red dots on my work at the CAAWA Selective exhibition at Heathcote, when I popped in on Sunday.

Both pieces were the result of a very long thought and glazing process, which includes layers of slips, engobes and glazes with multiple firings. Getting all the elements to come together and then for it to survive the kiln is quite an achievement.

The blue bowl has the most brilliant matt glaze which has crystal growths throughout, making this a truly one off, unique piece. I was almost sad to see that it had sold as it was one that I would loved to have kept . But, the journey in realising this glaze was wonderful and has inspired me into yet further exploration of that particular glaze.

The lovely softness of the green glaze on the vase, with the darkness and depth of the volcanic section made this another piece that I would like to have kept.

I hope that the new owners of these pots will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

By Jackie Masters, Feb 28 2017 02:19AM

The kiln is almost at the right temperature to open and yes, I have opened the door to assist the final degrees, even though I know I should be more patient and leave it longer. It is only a bisque firing, but I still feel like I can’t wait. I have thrown some lovely bowls and pots and I really want to meet them and handle them, that way, I can then start the long process of deciding what engobes and glazes to apply to each one. The trouble is of course, that I am a mad experimenter and take quite a lot of risks with unknown combinations of things, a bit of this and a dash of that, and oh, why not just make a whole new glaze to pop onto that pot, which can sometimes work out fantastically, or simply doesn’t quite work. I suppose that is the thrill and just part of the way that I push the boundaries.

I am trying to push for all of this to come together because I will be putting work into the Ceramic Arts Association of WA (CAAWA) exhibition which will run in March/April and I have to advise them of what I am submitting, which at this stage I have no idea as they are not finished. So, it is into the studio today to make some decisions and make a start. Hopefully they will work out and I will actually have work for sale in this exhibition, details are below.

CAAWA Members Selective Exhibition (Pippin Drysdale is the guest selector and should be there on opening night to present awards – all work will be for sale)

Opening Night: 6.00pm Friday 24th March 2017

Exhibition: 24/3/17 to 30/4/17

Heathcote Museum & Gallery is located at Swan House, Heathcote Cultural Precinct,

58 Duncraig Road, Applecross.

Website www.heathcotewa.com

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12.00pm to 4.00pm

Closed on Mondays

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