We are a home based arts business based in beautiful northern Tasmania, just outside the small but very creative town of Deloraine. Jacque is an artist who specialises in sculpting, especially garden art figures. When not doing clay work, Jacque paints and quilts. John sells books and CDs, especially music by Tasmanian musicians, who, despite the fact that we have a recording studio in town, are too modest to make CDs. We can be found at the Deloraine market on the first Saturday of each month, starting in September. We are exploring other appropriate markets and venues. In the fullness of time we will be setting up workshops etc. so keep an eye on our blogspot for these and other ventures. Thank you for taking the time to look at this, and do contact us should you see anything you like, or if you should want any art materials.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Wood Firing at Liffey

Following hot (pardon the pun) on the heels of Woodfire Tasmania, local clay workers had a fantastic workshop at the home of Jilli & Ian Spencer in Liffey on Saturday.  We fired up two types of kilns which you can see on the photographs. 

Preparing the kiln - a layer of sawdust, rolled newspaper as
  wicks, then the clay pieces go in layers with all sorts of other
materials between to hopefully give some special effects.

For more pics, click on the link to Clay Connections and you'll see all the exciting things that happened to the tee-pee after we'd all left! 

This is called a teepee kiln, for obvious reasons! You'll be able to see
how it looks inside if you check out the pics on the Clay Connections link.

Many thanks to Jilli & Jill Eastley for their instruction and to Jilli & family for their warm hospitality (it was a bit nippy at Liffey but cosy indoors and by the kilns!).  It was a great fun day and I enjoyed catching up with some clay folk I hadn't seen for a little while. I had several pieces in both kilns so should be able to show you in a future blog how they came out.


  1. nice pics Jacque and some very nice pots waiting for you at the Tin Shed...!

  2. Love the blog Jacque and the pots are lovely. Some little treasures to collect.
    I am trying to put your link onto the Clay Connections blog - I am an amateur but I will persevere!