Friday, April 27, 2012


I am sorry to report that Clay Feet Exhibiting Group has disbanded, and so this quiet little blog will be closed down soon.  None of the members were too surprised, our memberships have fallen, the decision was not easy, but mostly, we have found our own niches in the creative world.  There is no point in maintaining a group out of sentimentality when there is insufficient time or commitment put into such a great group.  I went to a CF exhibition about five years ago near the Fremantle Shipwreck Museum and came out saying to myself - I want to be one of THEM!!  It was a great exhibition, I got the impression all the members had their 'game on' and I wanted to be a part of it.  What was originally a group of emerging artists has developed over ten years into a group of people who have found their wings and flown away into their own practices.  Well done ladies!  The image is symbolic, because the CF members have been so generous in sharing their clay wisdom over the years.  Oddly enough, or is it - I have a clay owl in the making in my studio!
This image by photographer unknown from FaceBook Owls page. What a beautiful shot.  Whoever says photography is not an art, is an idiot wrong.  

Ciao, Elaine Bradley

Monday, August 15, 2011

Birthday Plans

Clay Feet artists are beavering away putting work together for an exhibition which will include work by former members.  This is to celebrate the tenth birthday of our exhibiting group at The Old Bakery in Maylands, Perth October 21 - November 20th  The venue has been renovated lately, and their motto is  'Fine Art, Fine Food, Fine Coffee'.  
My proposal to have our next meeting there to get really familiar with the space was accepted swiftly.  Will we get any actually discussion underway with all that coffee, cake and delish food.  Sigh - We'll see! 
Meanwhile we had a Show and Tell with some invited Ceramist guests lately.  Here is Narda McMahon above discussing her work while we were all troubleshooting materials and firing glitches she'd been experiencing.  Often our difficulties comprise balancing work, home PLUS clay - it can be tricky.
Personally I had it all worked out what I'd be making for this show, most of it bisqued and waiting to be completed, but, having just attended CAAWA's throwing workshop with the wonderful Janet DeBoos at Central TAFE in Northbridge, I feel compelled to change tack and go and throw lots of vases and bottles.  

The clay is calling me, my kick wheel is whispering my name ... gotta go!