I’ve just updated the SSL certificate on my website. It may take 24 hours to work on the latest Firefox web browser but should be working as usual on other browsers. Stop press: it is working on Firefox now.
Mystery potter #26: FRM turns out to be Frits Jan Massée.
In response to the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal, Vipoo Srivalasa has organised a fundraising project called Clay For NEPAL to raise funds for the Nepalese people affected. All proceeds will be donated to OXFAM Australia: Nepal Earthquake Relief Appeal. The project has two parts that open on Friday 15 May at 6am. The first is an online auction and the second a buy it now store. More information can be found on the project website www.clayfornepal.com.
Mystery Potter #54 turns out to be Estelle Boak, a member of the Perth Studio Potters group.
I’ve been aware for some time that I needed to upgrade the Australian Pottery at Bemboka website to make it more usable on mobile phones. This week I moved the main website pages to a simple set of new templates using Bootstrap, a free open source HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive websites. The big task still waiting to be done is to upgrade the online shop. The developers at Oscommerce are working on a new release of the software that incorporates Bootstrap and I will implement this when there is a stable version. In the meantime, I’m hoping that users have not yet completely abandoned their desktop machines!
The 15th annual Pottery Expo @ Warrandyte will be held on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 February 2015. Warrandyte is 30 minutes by car northeast of the Melbourne CBD. The Expo will feature 8 French and 50 Australian ceramic artists. An exhibition of French and Australian ceramics will also be held @ Manningham Art Gallery from 11 February to 14 march 2015. David and I would love to be there but we can’t leave the gallery at this time. If you have a chance to go, let us know how it went and what treasures you found.
The Sturt Gallery at Mittagong, NSW, is having an exhibition entitled “Of National Significance: Ceramics then and now by artists in the Sturt Permanent Collection. The exhibition opens on Sunday 22 February and continues to 12 April 2015. The exhibition opening will be held at 11 am with special guest Greg Daly. More details here.
I use the National Gallery of Australia’s Australian Prints + Printmaking website quite a bit in my research as a number of potters also work in two-dimensional media or go on to do so. Sometimes a snippet of information like a birth date or an exhibition poster turns up only in this resource and I snatch it up for my database. Sometimes I’m able to make a minor correction. I can’t have visited recently, however, as I found out today that it has an entirely new interface! I’ve just spent an hour exploring the new discovery pathways and looking up the printmakers we have on our own walls like GW Bot, Chris Denton and Marina Ky. Even David has an entry there. In 1996, he spent time at Studio One Inc learning to make intaglio prints. When the National gallery of Australia acquired the studio archive in 2004, an etching of his was included in the archive and now resides in the NGA collection. Fame comes in curious ways.