Ceramic Artist

Jackie Masters

By Jackie Masters, Jan 15 2017 01:16PM

2017 has arrived! This year will be a different year for me as my focus will be making pots, finally, at last, after all this time, I can submerge myself in the mystical, creative wonders of clay. But first, I must reflect on the fantastic Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar Christmas Market; which was my great pleasure to be a part of. Thank you to all the amazing people that I met who were buying WA handmade gifts for friends and loved ones, it is you guys that have made a conscious decision to support our arty passions, that makes it all worthwhile.

To all those who received my carefully crafted pots as gifts, I hope you enjoy their textures, their colours the way they feel in your hands, that is just part of the charm that I hope I have instilled in them; of course, the people that bought these things generally put a lot of thought into who they are buying for, to get it just right; I just love that.

So back to the future! I don't possess a crystal ball (nor would I want to) but I can see clearly my pottery path and can't wait for this new journey to start.

I spent today starting a massive clear out of my studio and what a trip down memory lane it has been. I still have a few of the very first pots that I made, all the way back in 1994; my first wheel thrown pottery adventures at the Perth Potters Club with Cath Evans as my clay guide (what a fabulous lady!) Majolica glazed earthenware was the order of the day with the lovely white tin glaze adorned with my less than adequate attempts at decoration (thus I now work with glazes, not painted decoration as such!) It has been lovely to reconnect with where I started and my head is swimming with ideas for my new adventures in forms and glaze.

So, let it begin, let 2017 take hold of me, let the potter within come out and hopefully I will be closer to finding out for what inexplicable reason I was given this odd ability to throw pots on a wheel without really being taught; a process of which I am still in awe and can't quite believe.

By Jackie Masters, Dec 7 2015 01:44PM

Wow, what a weekend that was. Thank you to all those lovely people who came to my stall at the Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar and purchased my special hand-made creations, I truly hope that you all enjoy using them or giving them as gifts.

The weather was unseasonably cool and rainy, but that did not deter those serious shoppers and collectors, who wanted to find those hand-made treasures, which were aplenty at the Bazaar. Such an amazing group of artisans, all in one place, showcasing their best work; it was a pleasure to be counted amongst them.

To all those people who came to find me again this year, thank you! You make it all worthwhile and to discuss the pots you had purchased in previous years, while looking through my current work, to find that special piece to take home this year, was sheer joy.

I have so many exciting ideas for the coming year and of course, as usual, my glaze addiction will continue, which means that I just can’t wait to get into the studio again and start making and testing, to come up with even more special pieces.

All the very best for a Merry Christmas and a totally pottery filled New Year!

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