One of my favorite things to do, especially when I travel to new places, is make images of textures, patterns and details of a types. This is an excerpt of a few of my favorites from my Tasmania adventure so far. The images are taken from around Ridgeline pottery, where I’m working, and from the lagoon in Cremorne, which is just down the hill, and one of the places we go to gather clay and take swims.

Dustin Fowler and I have spent the first few days of our residency at the Slow Working Institute for Pragmatic Expressionism (SWIPE) working on gathering and processing local Tasmanian materials for the upcoming firing. Ben Richardson, our amazing host, friend and teacher, has done an amazing amount of research with the materials that surround the pottery and has developed a place based making practice that incorporates them into his process at a level that you rarely find these days. It is a passion that both Ben and I share, and it was this interest that initially brought us together in 2006 at the International Woodfire Conference in Flagstaff, AZ.

Good morning from Tasmania. We are gearing up another day in paradise down here. Getting ready for the ‘worker bee’, some mates from the area are coming over to help out on a full day of wood cutting and splitting, shelf cleaning and washing, and other general studio chores in preparation for the upcoming firing. #community #adventure @ridgelinepottery

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Processing clay at The Slow Working Institute of Pragmatic Expressionism. The clay we made today is a combination of two Tasmanian materials: a nice yellow clay from Oyster cove and this beautiful plastic white clay from the lagoon at Cremorne just down the hill from the institute. This particular lump is from the batch we dug last time I was here in 2011. #wildclay #ceramics

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