Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ceramics: Raku Workshop November 2012

Raku Workshop

with Denzil Ede

Sunday 4th November &
 Sunday 2nd December 2012

at Blacktown Arts & Craft Group

You can pick a pot from our collection
 or bring your own bisque fired piece

Cost $75 for day

10am to 3pm

To book your place or for more information,
contact Ilona - ilonaede (at)

Pottery: Cat and Jewellery Workshop - Day 1

Today Susan Jorgensen came to BACG for our Cat and Jewellery Workshop.

Day one saw a few demonstrations of bothy jewellery making and cat building.

This is an example of some of the jewellery Suzy brought with her to show us. Made with porcelain clay, they are very finely made. There were also some examples using Japanese tissue transfer.

This is some of the jewellery made today. It will be left to dry and underglazes added before bisque firing.


Suzy began by showing us how to coil build a cats body.

She also demonstrated a really simple way of making the large coils so the build goes more quickly.

After lunch, and after much 'body building', Suzy demonstrated how to build a cat's face. This was a fairly quick demonstration, as some attendees were not able to return tomorrow for the second day of the workshop.

Using a slab (for speed), Suzy showed us how to mark out and begin to build the features onto the cat's face.

This was really starting to look like a cat once the ears started to go on!

Here are some of the pieces created so far...

 Ilsa's cat

Jan's cat

Kerry's cat and the start of the head

Elaine's cat (which is going inside a pot rather than onto a body)

There will be more pictures after the second day of the workshop...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Butterfly Quilt for the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Fund

On Tuesday, the Butterfly quilt was handed over to the representatives of Lifestyle Group 90 and the parents of Danii, to start selling tickets in the raffle to raise money for the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Fund.

Tony Fryer, Brian and Donna Meads-Barlow, Gloria and John Barlow

A lovely morning tea was provided by the ladies from the Fibre Group - many thanks to everyone who brought in a plate.

Danii's parents were presented with a matching bed runner and cushions for them to keep as a memento.

Nicole presenting the bed runner and cushions to Donna and Brian Meads-Barlow

We would like to thank the members of the Fibre Group who gave their time and materials to creating this beautiful quilt, and especially to Nicole for her hard work in bringing the whole project together.

The Danii Meads-Barlow Foundation is committed to "the Australian Juvenile Diabetes community to assist families introduce modern technology to compliment management of the disease by way of an alarm system, whereby carers are alerted to anomalies in blood glucose levels, associated with the use of an insulin pump. Alarm technology (as such) is available elsewhere in the world: our aim is to ‘bring it home’, at a cost affordable to each family responsible in the help management of young diabetics. Donations made to DMBF will help us in our mission to see all T1 Children are afforded and equipped with this technology." (quoted from the DMBF web site)

Click here to find out more about the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Foundation
Click here to view a video about the Jelly Bean Ball, organised by the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Foundation, to be held on 15 June 2013 (Tickets on sale now)

Tickets for the quilt raffle may be purchased from BACG and Lifestyle Group 90

Ceramics: New work at the Huts

Some photographs of the work in progress from our talented students...