I put a call out recently to local artisans. I would like to photograph them in their workshops and making the items they produce. I would like to celebrate the craft of making things by hand. There appears to be a quite awakening happening and everywhere I look I am coming across new and interesting people and their handmade items. It is so exciting to see a full circle from the 70's and 80's.
My first artisan to celebrate is a really lovely lady called Sandra. Her business is called ALL FIRED UP POTTERY and she is a new and emerging potter, who definitely has her own unique style (I can pick her pottery anywhere now!) Pottery is something that is always been on her bucket list and why she has now taken it on is a story in itself. She has a rare form of heart disease and due to that, had to stop nursing after 28 years! She spends a lot of time in Coronary Care and "is on enough medication to sink a ship"! She is also constantly in pain. The thing is, you wouldn't know this from talking to her. She has such a positive disposition and definitely does not take the easy road. We could all learn a lot from her. Luckily she followed her instincts into the pottery world, and it is now a form of therapy for her, and she enjoys being able to create something beautiful out of a ball of clay.
Sandra's business is a small operation in terms of equipment. She works from her kitchen bench, and heads to Picasso Ceramics or Benowa Pottery to get her items fired. There is a lot of carting around, that is for sure! She is also learning a lot through Benowa Pottery, where she learns about glazing, shapes and sometimes the wheel! Oh yes, all her pieces are hand built at this point in time.
I think Sandra's unique point with her pottery is her textures. She is definitely all about the varying looks she can get with a range of different items. She is always on the lookout for ways to create textures and patterns in the clay.
Sandra is definitely making a name for herself and her work is already sought after by stylists throughout Australia and even worldwide. She has come a long way in a short space of time.
Please enjoy and celebrate some images from my time with this amazing lady. Continue to the end to see some of her finished pieces.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
I am on the lookout for Artisan's local to Brisbane and it's surrounds and also Northern NSW. If you are interested in sharing your work with the world, and would like to be photographed then you can contact me here for more information.
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