Yes it is true, I have finally finished and passed my Ceramics course at Australian National University. It took a long happy time as I deferred a couple of times but clearly Distance Study works for me. Ten glorious days of residential school twice a year, getting the work done at home was the only way I could study Ceramics to diploma level. It is not formally taught in Perth, which, given the facilities available at Perth TAFE now 'Central Institute of Technology' - is tragic. I flew to Canberra with my final pieces mummified in layers of bubblewrap and styrofoam crates for assessment. I was 'over it' and ready to be released to do all the other stuff that had been waiting to be done, including two exhibitions and competitions I had plans for too.
The tutors at ANU this time were the legendary Jack Troy and Ilona Romule, Latvian Porcelain Artist, both of whom were unbelievably generous with their time and wisdom. I bought three small pieces of Ilona's work (an occasional bonus opportunity) and Jack's book of poetry, as well as some pieces by other graduating students. Sold some too!
This one was a favourite of mine, with screen printed tissue transferred cobalt carbonate. I had experimented with cobalt and also with dark blue stain, I loooved the way the cobalt mix bled and seeped rebelliously over the white porcelain surface. I made some real beauties, if I say so myself, and lost most of them to the Kiln God who is not happy that my kiln door is falling off at one hinge. All photos in this post by Deb Plumb, Photographer.