Tools, Tweed and Clifton Art Prize

Hi Clay lovers.  My thoughts have strayed to what type of tools I like to use and I thought I would share one of my favourites – Yea Olde Toothpick. Yep cheap as chips (used to be) it gets into places other tools never go.  It makes marks, cleans up after itself is small and portable.  So remember to look to see what tools you can use for clay that were designed for other uses.

The rain has put a dampener on me for a couple of weeks but its a good time to visit Megan Puls and Katy Mitchell’s exhibitions at

And speaking of exhibition type things – Here is my entry for ABAD – Don’t forget to enter  and send your postcard/s off – details here

A book about death - Forget me Knot

Forget-Me- kNot
Shirley Ester Reading 16 April 1939 – 4 November 1986
Hankie in Porcelain Slip 2010 by Deborah Gower

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of Heaven,
Blossom the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Whenever it was vital that I remembered something when I was a child my mother would always tie a knot in my hanky as a gentle reminder. This is a tribute to my loving mother. A true angel – never to be forgotten. Her gentle touch of kindness caresses me each time I press a hanky to my cheek or wipe a tear from my eye. Every spring I celebrate as forget-me-not’s bloom and I see the blue of my mother’s eyes again.

And the Clifton Art Awards are on again – Check out the entries and enter

Oh Frack - Who left the gate Open

Oh Frack – Who left the gate open? Deborah Gower 2013

Concern about the impact of fracking on our drinking water, air, climate and communities is firing up Northern Rivers artists. The Lock the Gate Campaign is highlighting the debate and this artwork is one way to initiate discussion on the impact of Fracking and extracting Coal Seam Gas.

and after you have sent your entries off – Come with me and find out what the other Mud Colonists are up to

Have fun and Happy clay days


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