I'm working on the scribbly gum for the wallum project. Rebecca made me some metal plates etched with impressions taken from out photos of the wallum. After the yunomi were thrown I re-dampened them by the highly technical process of putting them in a plastic box with a wet plaster slab in the bottom of it overnight and then used the rounded end of a rolling pin to press the bases of the yunomi onto the etchings from the inside. These are the second incarnation of this design and the third incarnation will be pared back further. I'll keep going until the pure essence of the bush is distilled into the drawing. Until picking up these yunomi captures first the smoky rays of sun touching the tops of the eucalyptus, the cool damp smell of the dew and the "wheeeeeeee- CRACK" of the whip bird's call. As tea drinking vessels these pots will be handled a lot. From the setting of the table through to the washing up a drinking vessel constantly interacts with the body and brain of the user. It needs to be stimulating yet calming. Sometimes I feel like having a cup of tea is a tiny island of calm in the midst of a chaotic world. It is really important to me that the drinking vessel is the focus of this expanding circle of calm, yet leads the mind to wander in a creative direction. Having a cup of tea is not just for quenching physical thirst.
"swamp cartography" a collaboration between jeweller Rebecca Ward and ceramicist Shannon Garson
In August 2009 ceramicist Shannon Garson and jeweller Rebecca Ward were awarded an Arts Queensland grant to research the wallum swamps of South East Qld and produce a collaborative body of work illuminating this beautiful and fast disappearing eco system.
We started this blog as a record of the collaborative process and a record of the lovely wallum of South East Queensland.
This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.