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  1. I like it lots….

    Posted by kateharbour | October 5, 2011, 8:01 pm
  2. Waw Dawn…nice work! I love the organic claywork!Hpw big are these balls?What kind of glaze do you use?
    For the moment I work with a gaskiln-pots are into a claybox(I don’t know the word…)with a ashglaze-seaweed-salt and some sulfates(?). I start the kiln on saturday.
    I’m very curious for these results.
    I,m not a facebook-er etc…cannot or don’t want to take time for it…

    Is it winter now at your place?


    Posted by Myriam Thas | October 6, 2011, 6:39 pm
  3. Hey Myriam, glad you like these new works… they are different sizes, but am trying to go for scale… glazes I am still thinking about.
    The ‘claybox’ is a saggar… i have done some saggar firing in the past & love the results… these days I do pit firing which gets similar results & is very interactive.
    I think you can look at my Facebook photos & stuff without being “on” Facebook… if so you could look at some of my previous works. (this blog is only new).
    We are in Spring here at the moment & moving into Summer in November… so I guess you are the opposite??
    Anyways good to be in contact… :-))

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | October 7, 2011, 12:19 am
  4. I know the feeling Dawn. Patience is not just a virtue, its absolutely imperative in pottery and its my biggest challenge… not to chance firing ‘probably dry’ greenware, not to open the kiln when it is ‘probably’ cool enough. Aargh. Sometimes I can’t bear it. Got my a glaze firing on this morning, kiln packed to the roof. Mostly my students work which i fret over more than my own. So here’s hoping for no mishaps and no power cuts as rain is brewing and our little country town often experiences power outages at the first hint of rain.

    Posted by Jean | October 14, 2011, 11:23 pm
  5. Now,that is really terrible.Nature is revenging its self more and more. My car got smashed by a tree last June during a hurrycane and yesterday night we had a terrible thunderstorm down here in Portugal ( my second home) .Rain came through the roof, but did not dammage anything, fortunately.

    Posted by Katrin Schober | October 24, 2011, 9:29 pm
  6. I agree, Katrin… the extremes in nature are becoming more & more pronounced… & we still have politicians around the works denying human contributed global warming! amazing…

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | October 25, 2011, 1:09 pm
  7. some really great blog posts on this website , thankyou for contribution.

    Posted by Tracey Mcmahon | October 26, 2011, 4:56 pm
  8. What lovely pieces and great depths in the black. I am having a battle with a nasty shiny black residue on my pots suddenly instead of the soft smoky-black I used to get. As far as I can remember I am still using the same fuel but may be placing it differently in the pit. Not sure how to remedy this and any comments would be most welcome.

    Posted by Jean | October 29, 2011, 7:23 am
    • Hi Jean… thanks for the positive response to the works, hopefully the complete sculptures will come together nicely after the pit firing. Your black residue sounds fuel based to me… is it also kind of sticky?? It sounds like the natural resins from the wood shavings. Do you make your own sawdust or source it elsewhere, eg: woodworkers group, sawmill yard?? If so you may need to ask them what kind of wood it is etc… Could also be the temperatures in the pit…, but I’d check out the wood shavings option first. Hope this helps…

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | October 29, 2011, 6:28 pm
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    Posted by Jostvm | November 4, 2011, 12:05 am
  10. NICE WORK!! What do you use to shine up your pieces?

    Posted by Sherry Potter | November 4, 2011, 1:35 am
    • Thanks Sherry… the work is burnished then low bisque fired to retain the sheen. After sawdust or pit firing I then apply a wax and buff…

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 4, 2011, 10:20 am
      • I’m pit firing on Monday for the second time. I didn’t use wax for the first firing. I was wondering what type of wax to buy? I know some use Butcher’s Wax. My work is bisque its a woodfiring clay that I wasnt able to woodfire. I am adding Copper Carb and Red Iron Oxide and Table Salt so the pit and I will see what happens. Thanks for the info.

        Posted by Sherry Potter | November 4, 2011, 10:31 am
      • Hi Sherry… there are many wax products: beeswax, liquid floor wax, neutral shoe polish… if you have not burnished them you may even try watered down PVA to give them extra shine…

        Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 4, 2011, 11:03 am
  11. Yes will keep my fingers crossed seeing that they are in good condition! Hope you get good results from the firing and meet the deadline without stress. Look forward to more pics on completion. Good luck!

    Posted by Jean | November 4, 2011, 3:02 am
  12. Hi from a semi novice,
    sounds and looks exciting to attempt something exciting soon too…
    hope to build a quick fire down flow this spring of 1 metric cube size.. for sculptured raku.
    but sure.. no doubt this will have its flaws !! done some research though..

    Posted by Stephen Flynn | November 4, 2011, 6:34 am
  13. Good Luck Stephen… even if the kiln does not work the first time it is easy enough to mofidy the design πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 4, 2011, 10:22 am
  14. Thx Jean πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 4, 2011, 10:23 am
  15. I always wanted to try this. Hope you have great luck.

    Posted by Holly | November 6, 2011, 12:53 am
  16. I love it< interesting composition.

    Posted by Saida Fagala | November 7, 2011, 10:04 pm
  17. thx for the kind feedback Jostvm πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 8, 2011, 12:19 am
  18. Really beautifull Dawn! This is a garanteed succes for your exhibition! It’s too far for me to travel “down under”…if closer I would certainly be there! Myriam

    Posted by myriam thas | November 8, 2011, 1:03 am
  19. Very nice Dawn. I do love the colors you got from the firing.

    Posted by Sylvia Coppola | November 8, 2011, 11:24 pm
  20. hey Sylvia… thanks for the kind words, glad you like my works… i was also very happy with these results πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 9, 2011, 12:08 am
  21. Surface has a waxy appearance, sort of fleshy that is supported well by the color giving depth to or even below the surface, a translucency that is very engaging. The support rod tends to provide an opaque standard for comparison. Nice! I’d love to see more.

    Posted by jim wallace | November 9, 2011, 3:45 am
  22. beautiful indeed what the fire did and i expect it is each time a surprise how it turnes out in details.

    Posted by Frans Commelin | November 9, 2011, 4:07 am
  23. Lovely; reminds me of a jade ring, Chinese, possibly Chou dynasty, dia 4.5 inches, as appears in an old book published 1927…

    Posted by Celia Wilson | November 9, 2011, 12:25 pm
  24. Very Nice Idea. Good luck with your show:

    Studio 149
    Brooklyn, New York

    Posted by lleon Nicholas Kalas | November 17, 2011, 2:36 am
  25. Creativity at play , GREAT IDEA !! and great pieces very organic Love it!!!
    good luck

    Posted by Estela boudreau | November 18, 2011, 12:09 am
  26. great idea good luck!!!

    Posted by Estela boudreau | November 18, 2011, 12:18 am
  27. It looks like the works are allready glazed. Or is this just the way of fotography?

    Posted by Hanneke Bruijnje | November 19, 2011, 7:05 am
  28. Hi Hanneke… pit fired works are not glazed. The colouration comes from the organic ingredients in the pit and the fuming from salts, etc in the pit. Afterwards they are are polished with wax to highlight the organic tones. πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 19, 2011, 8:02 pm
  29. Thank you for sharing. I just loved the peaceful simplicity and restraint juxtaposed to the tradition and order. Powerful images!

    Posted by Ken | December 3, 2011, 12:37 am
  30. What stunning images — thank you so much for sharing! I am loving the elegantly simple design of these.

    Posted by Sarah Jane | December 3, 2011, 5:03 am
  31. Very creative. I would love to see these in person. How you’ve turned ceramic into something completing different is exciting. You’ve an interesting viewpoint.

    Posted by Jane Willson | December 9, 2011, 12:48 am
  32. Thankyou for the encouraging comments, Jane…

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | December 9, 2011, 10:58 am
  33. Love these images, these pots and would like to know more about the potters and their techniques. Thank you for sharing your trip with us all.

    Posted by Molly Schardt | December 15, 2011, 3:28 pm
  34. thanks for all the nice comments πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | December 15, 2011, 4:55 pm
  35. I have worked in clay for many years. Both functional and sculptural. I found when I did the art fairs, that functional was popular with the public. However when I started doing hand built primitive fired peaces they were even more popular. I do functional now only for my own personal use. Pictures of your work looks good. Good luck with your sales.

    Posted by Eloise Ritt | December 16, 2011, 6:25 am
  36. Hi Eloise, thanks for the comment. I also do some pit & smoke firing which I really enjoy (you can view by using the tag cloud to the right). This work is a bit of an experiment and side step to what I usually make. Its also refreshing to do something different πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | December 17, 2011, 4:49 pm
  37. great images. I look forward to seeing the results :^)

    Posted by Anna | December 23, 2011, 8:35 pm
  38. thx Anna… at this stage I think I will post them in the new year… Xmas is so busy with family and parties etc… Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | December 23, 2011, 10:59 pm
  39. great move there with the experiments. I look forward to doing more of this in this new year, but I look forward more, like Anna to seeing the results of the firing. Happy New year.

    Posted by jay | January 5, 2012, 2:50 am
  40. WOW, I am new to potter and this look like so much fun! Beautiful, natural outcome as well, nice job!

    Posted by tracie bolt | January 6, 2012, 1:15 am
  41. Dawn, You are an amazing artist and I love your blog!! I wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger Award! You can find the specifics about this award here:
    Your blog is an inspiration, keep doing what you are doing:) I’m looking forward to following along with it!

    Posted by cravencreativity | January 17, 2012, 1:26 am
  42. these are wonderful

    Posted by isabellart | January 17, 2012, 2:02 am
  43. Thanks Isabelle, much appreciated πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | January 23, 2012, 12:49 am
  44. Very nice!!!

    Posted by samroderick | January 23, 2012, 9:24 am
  45. Hiya Dawn, interesting to see frottage in this context. I wonder if there is some mileage in creating a print of a textured surface on smooth ceramic, or alternatively finding subject matter for sculpture this way? Elsie

    Posted by Elsie Green | January 23, 2012, 9:44 pm
  46. Hey Elsie… thanks for the comment…the main focus in my artwork is texture, the organic surface, natural form, etc… my ceramic sculpture is abstract & features textured, organic surfaces, images of this artwork can be seem on my Facebook page (“like” to right)… so I was particularly trying to capture a textured surface via the frottage technique. But, yes, trying to capture a textured surface via printing on a smooth ceramic would be an interesting experiment πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 1, 2012, 12:18 am
  47. Your photos are stunning!

    Posted by Deb H | February 3, 2012, 1:15 am
  48. thanks Deb…much appreciated…. hope that translates into sales!! πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 3, 2012, 2:18 am
  49. Your recent creations look great! I read your post and can definitely identify with the firing…and the waiting and the wonderful feeling of seeing newly-glazed wares after the varying stages of clay work. I have a blog and an Etsy store, as well. I am just now getting more posted on there to sell after the grueling fall show schedule. I particularly like the tan-colored glaze with the hand tool shown. You can visit my blog at Here’s to a prosperous 2012 and good luck with your new line of serving pieces.

    Posted by creativeclaycafe | February 5, 2012, 1:06 am
  50. I’m doing a monthly blog roll on the side of my blog. Just wanted you to know you’re linked to for February!.

    Posted by High River Arts | February 8, 2012, 1:35 am
  51. Thanks High River Arts… much appreciated πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 8, 2012, 11:35 am
  52. Great stuff Dawn! Looks amazing!

    Posted by kateharbourKate Harbour | February 8, 2012, 8:12 pm
  53. thanks Kate!!

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 9, 2012, 1:25 am
  54. Beautiful jewelry Dawn!

    Posted by cravencreativity | February 9, 2012, 10:27 am
  55. Thanks cravencreativity πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 11, 2012, 2:26 am
  56. Lovely!

    Posted by Sadhana Peterson | February 15, 2012, 8:42 pm
  57. Love it! You have inspired me. How long did your firing last?

    Posted by Louise van Niekerk | February 20, 2012, 12:12 am
  58. Hi Louise, glad to be of inspiration!! The firing itself takes a few hours, then is covered up & takes about 18-24 hours to cool.

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 20, 2012, 7:38 am
  59. Looking Good Dawn, keep up the good work.

    Posted by Kate Harbour | February 20, 2012, 11:09 am
  60. It’s so interesting to see the progress pics. Know these are gonna be gorgeous, can’t wait to see the finished project! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
    Take care and best wishes with your upcoming event!

    Posted by cravencreativity | February 22, 2012, 12:41 pm
  61. I really liked the green earrings!
    Thanks for stopping by
    Please visit my photo blog too

    Posted by loniduekloni | March 6, 2012, 2:34 am
  62. Great stuff, Dawn! Apart from whatever we potters may EARN through newly-made pieces, there is a certain joy about work that has come out to our satisfaction, isn’t there? Those moments tend to make up for all the times of disappointment or, occasionally, intense frustration at work that did not have the desired results, don’t you agree?

    Posted by Steve | March 6, 2012, 7:46 pm
  63. Hey Steve… words of wisdom!! It is those moments that get us through… but I guess it’s like that with all things… πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | March 6, 2012, 8:10 pm
  64. Mm , I must try this myself – preferably without the finger injury as an incentive ! In fact I’m going out soon to draw trees so I’ll take something less refined for the bark .
    I hope the finger is operational again , any cuts are awful when working with clay .

    Posted by rukshanaafia | March 16, 2012, 7:51 pm
  65. Hi there rukshanaafia… yes clay is a problem with finger injuries.. but getting better now… still a bit numb, etc

    Anyways, good luck with the frottage experiments: take lots of different gsm papers & lots of different pencils… the paper & pencils make a big difference to some textures

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | March 16, 2012, 8:00 pm
  66. I like the textures and the natural elements in your work. Thank you for sharing it. Maureen Ahern

    Posted by Maureen Ahern | March 23, 2012, 2:04 am
  67. I am very impressed with the way you use the materials to compliment each other. The textures and variations of different clay processes relate so well with the materials you combine them with. Very, very nice!!

    Posted by Jane Chischilly | March 23, 2012, 3:13 am
  68. Hi Dawn,
    Your work is inspirational. I just want to reach out and touch them to explore the different textures. Guess that is what happens if you work in 3D. Isn’t the computer a wonderful gift for we folks that like to see what is happening in our medium and we can do it all around the world. Keep up the goos stuff.
    Helen Lyons

    Posted by Helen Lyons | March 26, 2012, 9:44 pm
  69. That should be good stuff not goos stuff

    Posted by Helen Lyons | March 26, 2012, 9:45 pm
  70. Lichen is pretty cool. There’s this one kind, called wolf lichen, that’s very intensely green. I only know of one tree around here that has any on it, and it’s mysteriously covered in it while no other tree in sight has any signs of even having a little bit. πŸ™‚

    Posted by cavepainter | April 1, 2012, 1:36 pm
  71. These are beautiful! I love the shapes. Very serene and graceful.

    Posted by naomisilverart | April 3, 2012, 11:10 pm
  72. Thanks Naomi… I’m glad you like them πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | April 3, 2012, 11:24 pm
  73. These are really fantastic Dawn. Love Sacrificial Landscape, and the other sculpture with the twigs encasing the fired objects. Nice work!

    Posted by sydney | April 4, 2012, 8:44 am
  74. Hi Dawn,

    I attempted to download your doctoral thesis through the link above but was unsuccessful. Facebook is not my “thing” nor do I understand how it works most of the time. I’m wondering if you would please email me a PDF of your thesis? I am a graduate student in art therapy and find your research fascinating. I would also like to cite some of your work in the my final masters paper. Thank you for considering my request.

    Take care,
    Teresa Barrett

    Posted by Teresa | April 7, 2012, 2:39 am
    • Hi Teresa, I hope you get this message as you did not leave your email address in the message. Emailing it may be too big a file, so try again to download by clicking on the above link, then there will be a green button with ‘download’ written on it. Click on that & it should automatically download. If your computer does not ask where you want to save it, it will probably save to your ‘download’ folder.
      If this doesn’t work, get back to me & I will try to email you a copy.

      cheers Dawn

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | April 8, 2012, 7:28 pm
  75. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, when travels difficult it’s great to get a feel for the work like this.

    Posted by russellscottskinner | April 11, 2012, 8:25 pm
  76. I enjoyed reading about your ceramic adventure in Korea. Thanks for sharing

    Posted by Lynn Isaacson | May 12, 2012, 12:27 am
  77. Green with envy is all I can say. What an experience And as you say, with all the perseverance it takes to be an income producing ceramicist, imagine being a national treasure!

    Posted by Louise van Niekerk | May 12, 2012, 12:39 am
  78. Beatiful artwork!

    Posted by ka'prisc | May 29, 2012, 5:14 am
  79. Congrats on getting into the arts centre market – it’s pretty notorious for being so hard to get into! I was going to suggest putting some things in some of your tableware as well but see you’re already on to it πŸ™‚

    Posted by hellkatdesigns | June 15, 2012, 10:49 pm
  80. Yes thanks hellkatdesigns…. each week improves… will post pics of the food in dishes πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | June 16, 2012, 12:45 am
  81. Love your Jewellery! and the gift wrapping you’ve made it so cute!!

    Posted by designerthoughtsnow | June 22, 2012, 6:59 am
  82. Hello Dawn, thank you for visiting MoE art, I do like your work, especially “colony”. I will visit again. Kind regards, Gregory.

    Posted by Molecules of Emotion | June 30, 2012, 5:09 am
  83. Wow, that archeological grid is gorgeous!

    Posted by Laura and Blakeley @ Restoration Harbor | July 12, 2012, 4:11 am
  84. thank you very much Laura πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | July 13, 2012, 2:20 am
  85. Awesome work.Thanks for visiting my blog. Silvia

    Posted by rlte | July 15, 2012, 11:48 pm
  86. Love the work – and your comment about the ‘flotsam and jetsam’ that you ‘don’t hoard’ in your studio! Delightful … and exactly how I feel about my shelf of oddities in my own studio! A continually-changing assortment of items that reveal so much about our relationship to the land and the natural world, and our conflicting relationship to ideas of permanence. It’s as much a psychological archeology as anything else, isn’t it?

    Posted by sydney | July 16, 2012, 3:58 am
  87. Hi Dawn, good to know about your shop.
    I am interested in buying some clay for making wide shallow pots -appr 20″ Diameter.
    I have had trouble with this shape cracking across the bottom in the firing… a mix or stoneware and red raku has been suggested a remedy.
    Do you agree with this idea? Will you stock red raku?
    Regards Trevor
    Ps I hope you can order/ buy without using facebook?

    Posted by Trevor Wheeler | July 18, 2012, 4:52 pm
    • Hi Trevor… no you don’t have to buy over Facebook… I do have a “real” studio!!

      There are many reasons for bowls and plates cracking : from clay type, through to not compressing the base while throwing to not mopping up excess water while throwing, etc…

      The raku idea may be a solution, but doesn’t necessarily have to be red. Raku clay has more grit in it, so has a more open clay body and so is more resistant to cracks, so it doesn’t really matter what colour it is. It is also rougher to throw with.

      At the moment I have a few bags of white raku clay as I use it in my pit firings… I will be getting more, so that is not a problem.

      I am on the outskirts of Ballarat… and there is nowhere around this area to buy materials… I presume you are nearby?

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | July 18, 2012, 8:52 pm
  88. I find your work very interesting. Congratulations. I love the mix of simplicity/complexity (in execution/idea) and I like the austerity of means. Nice!
    p.s. I post art commentary on

    Posted by lookingforbeauty | July 28, 2012, 1:57 am
  89. Dear Dawn, how much is the price per kg? Thanks

    Posted by zaemah | July 29, 2012, 4:41 pm
  90. Is it the seeds inside a pomegranate with a purple enhancement??

    Posted by vastlycurious | July 31, 2012, 3:46 am
  91. Ummm NO… any other guesses??

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | July 31, 2012, 4:02 am
  92. A candle?

    Posted by newsofthetimes | July 31, 2012, 7:25 am
  93. Candle.

    Posted by Matt | July 31, 2012, 10:20 am
  94. Hi there, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! I truly enjoy your site; keep posting! πŸ™‚ Make sure to click the link.

    Posted by loniduek | August 2, 2012, 1:49 pm
  95. Thanks for the reblog. Lovely earrings.

    Posted by nuvofelt | August 4, 2012, 1:56 am
  96. Gorgeous…would be very happy with one of each!

    Posted by Chrisy | August 5, 2012, 8:51 am
  97. Nature’s recycling at it’s best!

    Posted by Maurizio Riccio | August 8, 2012, 11:59 pm
  98. Is that a square toadstool!! I’ll have to look up the difference between a toadstoll and a mushroom!!

    Posted by Lisaman | August 10, 2012, 5:14 am
  99. Lovely – but I wouldn’t eat it πŸ™‚

    Posted by diannegray | August 10, 2012, 10:02 am
  100. Wow I wish it were that easy for me. Great post. I’ll definitly try this out for writing my blog.

    Posted by Ruthann | August 11, 2012, 5:22 am
  101. Very interesting textures…the results remind me of a 3D map of the earth’s surface. Great work!

    Posted by MegansBeadedDesigns | August 16, 2012, 1:47 am
  102. Thanks Dawn for following You have a very creative site here and I will try to visit more often.

    Posted by | August 20, 2012, 12:25 am
  103. Very interesting new work. Thanks for visiting my blog. RLTE

    Posted by rlte | August 21, 2012, 3:15 am
  104. Hello! I actually really like this take on the theme, very different yet still totally representing ‘Merging’ – good job! πŸ™‚

    Posted by Imogen Shepard | August 22, 2012, 1:37 am
  105. Congratulations, Dawn! What an honour! I love the 500 series, having seen some of the jewellery ones, but wasn’t aware that there were Ceramics titles in the series. A tribute to your talent. Well done!

    Posted by Ruthie | August 26, 2012, 1:03 am
  106. That’s awesome, Dawn! Congrats and cool piece as well.

    Posted by Monique | August 26, 2012, 3:14 am
  107. Oh congrats! It’s a beautiful piece!

    Posted by sydney | August 26, 2012, 1:42 pm
  108. Congratulations! That’s very exciting, the 500 books are great.

    Posted by hellkatdesigns | August 26, 2012, 4:33 pm
  109. Greetings, Dawn! I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. If you’re interested, you can read all about how to accept and pass it along to other deserving bloggers:

    Posted by artdoesmatter | August 30, 2012, 12:12 am
  110. well thank you so much Patricia… sounds a bit scary but I’ll give it a go πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | August 30, 2012, 12:22 am
  111. Nice photos.

    Posted by Northern Narratives | August 30, 2012, 7:53 am
  112. Congratulation!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

    Posted by nonoymanga | September 4, 2012, 5:12 pm
  113. Congrats.
    Enjoy your award, it is a really good boost. I know that because I have three myself.

    Posted by ahamin | September 4, 2012, 5:30 pm
  114. Congratulations Dawn, what a lovely thing to happen for you. It is so nice to be acknowledged and with that thank you so much for nominating me as well.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | September 4, 2012, 5:40 pm
  115. Dawn, thank you so much for the lovely mention. I really enjoyed reading your seven things! Number four is hilarious, and I feel my youngest kitten is already heading down that same road! πŸ˜‰ But seriously – what a fantastic blog you have, and I love seeing/reading about all of your work as well. I will check out the blogs you’ve nominated too!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | September 4, 2012, 10:48 pm
  116. Thanks Patricia… much appreciated πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | September 4, 2012, 11:03 pm
  117. Congratulations. What an honor and very deserving. RLTE

    Posted by sILVIA wILLIAMS | September 6, 2012, 1:21 am
  118. You are indeed a busy lady, Dr. Whitehead. Good job. RLTE

    Posted by sILVIA wILLIAMS | September 6, 2012, 1:26 am
  119. I’ve got a paper bark tree in my yard. It’s lovely but growing a little too close to the powerlines πŸ™

    I like your painting – very clever indeed! πŸ™‚

    Posted by diannegray | September 7, 2012, 7:40 am
  120. Dawn-
    Thanks for featuring our wedding tree tags and vintage journal set.

    PS 10% off for your followers as a special thank you until September 15th. Just enter “ThankYou091512” when checking out.


    Posted by Aurie | September 8, 2012, 10:20 am
  121. Hi, loved your Etsy shop. I have a few questions I would like to ask you.

    Posted by nivtaiber | September 11, 2012, 1:11 am
  122. Nice collection. Maybe I like the first and the fourth the most. It is the sharpest of all. Nice work.

    Posted by Albadr Nasution | September 12, 2012, 11:44 pm
  123. My kind of ART and photography! Can’t choose a favorite, Dawn, because they are all so well composed and the sculptures very enigmatic… mmm. You know, I want to look at that cool looking red buoy which should logically dominate the barren landscape but my eye is draw in to the sculptures. Again, fantastic composition!

    Posted by caliroe | September 13, 2012, 2:54 am
  124. how very interesting showing the devastation of drought cannot choose one either

    Posted by jas45 | September 13, 2012, 3:34 am
  125. Oh – I can’t believe you do tendrils! They’re my favourite! I actually did an entire A3 page of them one day. Well done! πŸ™‚

    Posted by diannegray | September 16, 2012, 2:06 pm
  126. Congratulations, Dawn! What a wonderful experience for you. I haven’t checked out the links yet, but plan to right now πŸ™‚

    Posted by diannegray | September 18, 2012, 7:48 am
  127. Many congratulations!!!!!!!!!! You go girl!

    Posted by caliroe | September 18, 2012, 12:34 pm
  128. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you, Dawn – Congrats!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | September 20, 2012, 12:49 am
  129. I think as artists we underestimate the power of our doodles. Not as works of art in and of themselves, but I think the shapes we draw subconsciously in response to mood (or as you hypothesise in response to the content of a phone conversation) reveals a lot about the types of imagery to which we are drawn and of which we may not be entirely aware. I have noticed that if I am put on hold for a long time I tend to start drawing angular, pointed doodles whereas when I talk to a friend they are much more languid. Not a big surprise really as when I am on hold I am usually swearing at the same time!

    Posted by Marta Brysha | September 20, 2012, 8:18 pm
  130. So simple, so beautiful. Art is everywhere when you know how to look.

    Posted by Marta Brysha | September 20, 2012, 8:22 pm
  131. Congratulations Dawn, getting an exhibition for your art is fantastic, I will have to see if I get in there to see it.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | September 21, 2012, 9:48 am
  132. Oooh, pretty choices!

    Posted by MegansBeadedDesigns | October 3, 2012, 7:11 am
  133. You know… I just fell in love with these Portfolio Oil Pastels recently. I have only worked with Senillier Oil Pastels (love the variety of colors) but these Portfolio are so versatile being water sols and soooo creamy! Yeah… I get it… MINE! πŸ™‚

    Posted by caliroe | October 4, 2012, 5:36 am
  134. I just love those pastels, Dawn! πŸ˜€

    Posted by diannegray | October 5, 2012, 4:22 pm
  135. Wow. What an honor. Excited for you. What an opportunity. R;TE

    Posted by rlte | October 8, 2012, 5:41 am
  136. Thanks Dawn, where in Ballarart?
    Do you have trachyte dust or some other material to make textured pots?

    Posted by Trevor Wheeler | October 8, 2012, 9:21 pm
  137. Dawn, I really enjoyed this – it brought back very find memories of my grandmother buying me a set of oil pastels as my first “art” present way back. Only thing is, I’ve never felt I’ve mastered using them! Such a difficult and unforgiving medium, yet can yield such beautiful finished drawings. Cheers!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | October 10, 2012, 2:49 am
    • Hey there… yes i agree. I have been drawing with pastels everyday now for seventy eight days, & I have seen an improvement. Its also about understanding the medium, but its been good!

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | October 10, 2012, 12:02 pm
  138. These are excellent. Well done! πŸ˜€

    Posted by diannegray | October 25, 2012, 6:18 am
  139. Excellent job rendering those misc natural objects πŸ™‚

    Posted by Chase | October 29, 2012, 5:09 pm
  140. I remember doing these sort of things when I was still drawing, you have done a great job, I love the addition of splashes of colour.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | October 29, 2012, 5:15 pm
  141. These are absolutely lovely, Dawn. Well done πŸ™‚

    Posted by diannegray | October 31, 2012, 4:53 pm
  142. Congratulations, that is a great achievement Dawn. It is good to have a goal set for your blog. Someone asked me yesterday about how do I do a post a day, and I said, because I have to, that is what I do, if I stop doing one a day, then I won’t get around to do it at all.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | November 2, 2012, 5:04 am
    • Thanks Leanne… yes it definably becomes a routine thing… with my other blog I sometimes struggle to post weekly just simply because the ‘routine’ is not there… but its been a good experience. i don’t know how I will keep it up in Italy, but we will see πŸ™‚

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 2, 2012, 9:16 pm
  143. This is fantastic, Dawn. Well done for reaching day 100 πŸ˜€

    I love the pictures!

    Posted by diannegray | November 3, 2012, 6:26 pm
  144. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your drawings. So very delicate. RLTE

    Posted by rlte | November 5, 2012, 10:40 pm
  145. These are such beautiful photos, Dawn. My favourite is the beach geometry – I love beach stones πŸ˜€

    Posted by diannegray | November 7, 2012, 10:05 pm
  146. My daughter loves it Dawn, she especially likes the black one, out of curiousity she wants to know how much it is.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | November 9, 2012, 4:16 pm
  147. Hi Leanne, the stone pendants are $30 including a handmade jewellery pouch… like the ones in the etsy store πŸ™‚ Glad your duaght er likes them I am actually in Apollo Bay right now, and will probably be gathering some more stones!

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | November 10, 2012, 12:51 pm
  148. I love stone jewelry – these are great πŸ˜‰

    Posted by diannegray | November 11, 2012, 1:04 pm
  149. The coastline is a wonderful theme for renewal – it is never the same (even moment after moment) πŸ˜€

    Posted by diannegray | November 13, 2012, 5:00 pm
  150. Enjoyed your blog and congrats on weekend. Any new theme is indeed a renewal in itself.

    Posted by Carolyn | November 13, 2012, 10:14 pm
  151. I love Apollo Bay, I haven’t been there for a few years, I really must revisit.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | November 15, 2012, 7:35 pm
  152. Great stuff Dawn, I am going to have to visit the Etsy store.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | November 20, 2012, 8:27 pm
  153. These are great, Dawn πŸ™‚

    Posted by diannegray | November 21, 2012, 3:08 pm
  154. Beautiful new photos. Very interesting take on ocean findings Thanks for visiting my blog. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | November 24, 2012, 12:51 am
  155. What a wonderful way to fire!

    Posted by High River Arts | November 26, 2012, 2:50 am
  156. Thank you so much for the detail and pictures of your process, especially for a small saggar for jewellry. A Canadian fanHelen Lyons Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:59:42 +0000 To:

    Posted by Helen Lyons | November 26, 2012, 9:33 am
  157. Stunning work. I love the colours and the presentation. I hope you do really well and sell everything. Enjoy your time overseas. Christmas will be such fun.

    Posted by nuvofelt | November 26, 2012, 8:59 pm
  158. Reblogged this on Chittle Chattle and commented:
    Some lovely and unusual work here. I thought you would all like to see it.

    Posted by nuvofelt | November 26, 2012, 9:00 pm
  159. Love your mixed media work and use of found objects! Relic mounted like that is great, makes even more of very evocative and myserious piece. Are you familiar with the work of the Dada Baroness? She began making found object pieces a hundred years ago in New York and was a great hoarder of almost anything. She was also a poet, performance artist, model and any number of other activities which all contributed to an extraordinary artistic career. I bet she would have loved your Archiological Grid.

    Posted by Susan Gilbert | November 26, 2012, 9:15 pm
  160. Wonderful work!

    Posted by Lucid Gypsy | November 27, 2012, 6:09 am
  161. This is brilliant, Dawn. Best of luck at the exhibition and ENJOY! πŸ˜€

    Posted by diannegray | November 29, 2012, 7:31 am
  162. So glad to hear you and your work arrived safely. Having had to ship an extremely fragile item myself recently for a show (although not internationally like you, only within the US) I’ve been stressed beyond belief. Enjoy the opening – your pieces look fantastic!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | December 1, 2012, 3:51 am
  163. Thanks for stopping by my blog. A fascinating account you have just given us. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | December 3, 2012, 10:22 am
  164. It looks absolutely fantastic, Dawn. I’m nowhere near Florence unfortunately – otherwise wild horses couldn’t drag me away from it! πŸ˜€

    Posted by diannegray | December 4, 2012, 5:43 pm
  165. fascinating to see the process – that magical transformation is something I always find so remarkable. thanks for sharing this!

    Posted by sydney | December 6, 2012, 4:43 am
  166. oh beautiful work!! congrats – I’m sure you’ll be a hit in Italy!! Have a lovely time – I am sure you will return inspired (and yes a little jet lagged) … ti will be worth it!

    Posted by sydney | December 6, 2012, 4:44 am
  167. What a fantastic experience, Dawn! πŸ˜‰

    Posted by diannegray | December 9, 2012, 10:36 am
  168. What wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing

    Posted by nuvofelt | January 10, 2013, 7:25 pm
  169. Welcome back – you’ve taken some amazing pics πŸ˜€

    Posted by diannegray | January 11, 2013, 7:17 am
  170. It looks wonderful Dawn, glad you are back, love my necklace.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | January 16, 2013, 7:39 pm
  171. Hi Dawn

    Briliant !

    thanks Pam

    Posted by | January 17, 2013, 5:29 pm
  172. Italy does take some getting used to, when I used to live there it took lots of patience dealing with the occasional pushy person, haha. And the dirty streets! But, the art and culture more than made up for those less-than-lovely circumstances. Glad you had a great time otherwise in Italy; thanks for sharing!

    – Jonathan I

    Posted by jonathanochart | January 22, 2013, 1:10 am
  173. What a great idea, parents are always looking for something different.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | January 23, 2013, 3:43 pm
  174. Gorgeous Italy – Don’t know if you’ve read Peter Ackroyd’s book on Venice – I love his way of taking on history through the eyes of a city. Have just started getting into it.

    Posted by Chas Spain | January 23, 2013, 10:44 pm
    • No i haven’t… will check it out πŸ™‚

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | January 24, 2013, 12:07 am
      • Hi Dawn- actually your blog spurred me on to get started on the book again – I’d left it to one side over Christmas. It’s a very atmospheric read -all the water and mists ….

        Posted by Chas Spain | January 24, 2013, 9:30 am
      • Atmospheric does sound like an apt word to describe Venice… we were there just after the beginning of winter… so the mist would rise late morning and descend again mid afternoon… it was amazing to see especially while in St Marks Square with the huge Basilica looming from the fog…

        Posted by Dawn Whitehand | January 24, 2013, 1:36 pm
  175. Five weeks in Italy. I think I need some professional development.

    Hope you had fun, and the exhibition went well. Looking forward to more photographs.

    Posted by bronxboy55 | January 24, 2013, 12:47 am
  176. Wow. Congrats, Dawn on exhibiting in that beautiful country, Italy. Looks like you are happy and the pics are gorgeous. Love your red boots. Thanks for sharing and look forward to seeing some of the pics of the exhibit. Rltei

    Posted by rlte | January 24, 2013, 11:18 pm
  177. This must be a really fun class to teach as well as be a part of; if any of these team members claimed never to have made pots before, I wouldn’t believe them. These folks must be innately artistic! Nice post, Dawn!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | January 30, 2013, 9:33 am
    • Hi Patricia… a couple of them said they had made pots at high school (everybody says that) , but they all were part of a design and research team, so I guess that must mean there is a bit of creativity lurking…

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | January 30, 2013, 2:02 pm
      • Oh, most definitely then. I always get so jealous when I hear of others who had art teachers in high school that taught them how to throw on the wheel; I went to an all-girls school and the art teacher was a nun, lol! Drawing was all there was. Anyway, I enjoyed your post very much!

        Posted by artdoesmatter | January 31, 2013, 2:27 am
      • I also went to a school where art was not big on the agenda… and when it was it was mostly painting… Anyway glad you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚

        Posted by Dawn Whitehand | January 31, 2013, 2:07 pm
  178. Hi Dawn

    We can hear this, birds singing but cannot see a video.

    Something wrong ?

    kind regards

    Posted by | January 30, 2013, 8:55 pm
  179. Hi there pljacobs πŸ™‚
    The video is working for me when I load the page and I also was able to load it from a mobile device – my tablet… both use different browsers…. so maybe it was a glitch? perhaps try again. If you still have no luck the youtube link is

    Let me know how you go…. πŸ™‚

    Posted by Dawn Whitehand | January 30, 2013, 11:55 pm
  180. Thanks for your visit to my blog, Dawn. I love all the art you do. You are so creative. Keep up the good work. Congrats on your recent Italian trip and exhibit. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | February 1, 2013, 12:21 am
  181. love it….just made a purchase!

    Posted by sarahmonagle | February 1, 2013, 3:50 am
  182. Hi, nice soft organics, I enjoyed the walk looking at your pieces. Can your pieces remain outside in the cold or does it not snow where you live? We have themes in common, connection to nature the body and installation of grouped forms. Please have alook at my website and please like my facebook page Anne Alexander sculptor.

    Posted by Anne Alexander | February 1, 2013, 11:15 pm
  183. Hi Dawn – I overuse the word texture so perhaps patina is the right word here? Beautifully rubbed backed, worked and loved. Also – you can’t worry about work when you’ve been Italy. You have been feeding your soul which is essential for the poet! If you do two drawings and two poems a day you are setting a bit of a task for the rest of us… πŸ™‚ look forward to seeing more.

    Posted by Chas Spain | February 2, 2013, 8:30 am
  184. There is always bad with good, but sounds like the good far out weighed the bad, which is fantastic. I look forward to hearing about it.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | February 2, 2013, 2:25 pm
  185. We don’t mind
    you’re a little behind
    we enjoy when you post
    the most!

    Posted by Herb | February 5, 2013, 3:16 am
  186. This is really lovely work Dawn! Liked the walk through the space too!

    Posted by sydney | February 8, 2013, 2:06 am
  187. Beautiful! We should organize an art workshop in our Italian region! πŸ™‚ Alessia

    Posted by Maple&Saffron | February 11, 2013, 1:36 am
  188. I loved the sculptures in the first photograph, even before I knew they were yours. Did you switch them in the second shot because of the colors? And how did you make the green globe?

    Posted by bronxboy55 | February 12, 2013, 11:36 pm
    • Hi bronxboy… thanks fro loving my sculptures. They were rearranged in the second photo simply because they were moved further out into the exhibition space after opening night (or is that the other way around?). The green globe was handbuilt using a plaster mould and strips of clay- mostly my sculpture is wheelthrown. I get alot of questions about this piece… I will have to explore the form more, I think πŸ™‚

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 13, 2013, 7:57 pm
  189. Lovely pics πŸ™‚

    Posted by auburnskull | February 13, 2013, 1:08 am
  190. Hi Dawn,
    the forms are really of closed caracter: are women like that? Preferrably you chose more open ceramic shapes to represent the feminin. Nice idea to make an installation with ceramics. Best wishes Mariska (sculptor, the Netherlands)

    Posted by Mariska Zevenbergen | February 13, 2013, 7:08 pm
    • Hi Mariska, thanks for your comments… yes the forms are quite closed… the forms themselves – which can be considered sexual where also based on universal symbols such as spirals and abstract shapes in the landscape which evolutionary psychologists we have evolved to recognise. The feminist aspect of the installation was more about the size and construction of the artwork and installation – small, close to the Earth, etc. Whereas historically sculpture has been patriarchal and in that context also monumental.

      hope this is helpful πŸ™‚

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | February 13, 2013, 7:49 pm
  191. Thanks for sharing what must have been a very interesting experience. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | February 22, 2013, 11:40 pm
  192. I really want to go to Tuscany one day.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | February 23, 2013, 6:41 pm
  193. That is pretty cool, I can remember trying to make paper years ago, but it never seemed to work.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | February 23, 2013, 7:15 pm
  194. Fantastic photos, Dawn. That Sean Connery castle is really something else! I hope to visit Tuscany one day as well, as the wine-making tradition was strong in my mother’s Italian side of our family. Really loving all the posts from your Italy travels πŸ™‚

    Posted by artdoesmatter | March 2, 2013, 2:11 am
  195. Interesting the way a close look reveals a whole new world of detail – a lesson for life?

    Posted by Pete's Pots | March 4, 2013, 5:54 pm
  196. Hi Dawn the shadows are great- quite abstract

    Posted by Chas Spain | March 4, 2013, 10:22 pm
  197. I love each shot as they represent a small world of their own.

    Posted by moondustwriter | March 5, 2013, 6:18 am
  198. Everything is beyond gorgeous!

    Posted by MegansBeadedDesigns | March 6, 2013, 1:47 am
  199. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful town, and region!
    Just because it was unseasonably warm doesn’t mean global warming had anything to do with it – statistically, some winters will be colder than “normal” some will be warmer.

    Posted by Terri | March 7, 2013, 1:39 am
    • Hey Terri – True… some winters are colder, some warmer… however, global warming accentuates these extremes. I have noticed a trend over the past decade or so…. in 2007 I went to Japan, and the locals said it was unseasonably warm. In 2010 I travelled to France, and was told by the locals it was unseasonably warm. In 2011 I went to Korea…. same thing. And now Italy! Even where I live now we are having a long run of over 30 degree days and very warm nights – this is very unusual for where I live at this time of year….

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | March 7, 2013, 11:54 am
  200. Reblogged this on carmillaweirdlove.

    Posted by carmillaweirdlove | March 10, 2013, 3:01 am
  201. The shadows are really amazing.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | March 10, 2013, 6:09 pm
  202. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | March 11, 2013, 10:33 pm
  203. Beautiful set of photos.

    Posted by Sartenada | March 13, 2013, 11:27 pm
  204. I love your work always, but particularly like the ones you have done this month. Love your use of color and style. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | March 14, 2013, 1:01 am
  205. OMG, I am so jealous of these, I want to go there and take photos too.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | March 18, 2013, 7:37 pm
  206. Nice artwork and like your “blue ceramic tapas dish set” with the cute little spoon on Etsy.

    Posted by Mary Gilmartin | March 19, 2013, 2:15 am
  207. These are fantastic, Dawn. Thank you for taking me on the journey through these pics πŸ˜€

    Posted by diannegray | March 26, 2013, 10:12 am
  208. Thanks for visiting my blog. I continue to enjoy yours. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | March 27, 2013, 12:42 am
  209. It is such a great initiative – both locals and tourists started noticing it, especially on the weekends! Great idea, one of many creative uses of public spaces in the future I hope.. Chalk Street Art – I’d love to see it happening soon too.

    Posted by Aldona Kmiec Art Photography | April 7, 2013, 4:57 pm
  210. I think the “what Lies Beneath” exhibition is fantastic. Innovative and here in Ballarat. I agree with Dawn that Ballarat is buzzing artistically.

    Posted by Lynden Nicholls | April 8, 2013, 4:26 pm
  211. An impressive piece of work with a strong narrative.

    Posted by Pete's Pots | April 8, 2013, 10:46 pm
  212. I agree w/Pete. Also, you create such a variety of work, but this vein / genre is my most favorite. This piece is magnificent, Dawn (and underpriced!) It’s worth much more in my eyes.

    Posted by artdoesmatter | April 9, 2013, 12:54 am
  213. I like your artwork on the commercial product – “Earth Wrap” ( guess I learn something new everyday). PS: but, would like to see it close-up to get a better view.

    Posted by Mary Gilmartin | April 9, 2013, 11:19 am
  214. hi dawn – the wreath of leaves is very beautiful

    Posted by Chas Spain | April 11, 2013, 12:34 am
    • Thanks Chas…it was an ephemeral work I made while in Melbourne for a few weeks last year. I was walking my dog and collected some materials along the way and then created an artwork on the cracked concrete, photographed it, and left it there! Something I am interested in doing more of…

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | April 11, 2013, 12:38 am
  215. Very beautifully captured

    Posted by ARK | April 12, 2013, 2:37 am
  216. Great photos and I especially love the one from the plane…brilliant πŸ™‚

    Posted by elleturner4 | April 12, 2013, 2:41 am
  217. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I llove your sharing of trips, photos, etc. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | April 13, 2013, 12:51 am
  218. I’ve never seen such a deep orange glow like that in our sunsets here. Your weather must have been blazing (as I’ve heard the past summer in Vic was). These captures are really amazing and so lovely, Dawn.

    Posted by artdoesmatter | April 18, 2013, 11:55 am
    • Hi Patricia…. thanks for the kind remarks πŸ™‚ Yes summer was blazing here…. so much so that I had a bushfire scare a few kilometres from my home! It is still remarkably mild even now, which is unusual for where I live – but I wouldn’t live anywhere else!!

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | April 19, 2013, 12:41 am
  219. Do you put this up on Etsy as well Dawn? The jewellery bows are lovely.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | April 25, 2013, 8:51 am
    • Hi Leanne…. hopefully these bowls will make it to Etsy… if my partner doesn’t claim them first! He’s the cheif of the house, so whenever I make functional wares he ‘buzzes’ them as he also loves to present his food nicely… but I will be making more, so stay tuned πŸ™‚

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | April 26, 2013, 12:19 am
  220. It seems everyone is looking up at the moment, you have some great images to match the challenge Dawn.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | April 26, 2013, 8:29 pm
  221. A great selection of ‘up’ images and some lovely buildings. Must go to Rome one day …..

    Posted by lyntochter | April 26, 2013, 8:50 pm
  222. St. Peter’s Square…. is your header?

    Posted by seeker | April 28, 2013, 6:21 am
  223. I love Harajuku! πŸ™‚

    Posted by My Life Afterglow | May 2, 2013, 9:12 am
  224. This is a weird culture, I really don’t get it. I think it is a great response to the challenge though.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | May 3, 2013, 7:25 pm
    • Hi Leanne…. yes it is a very different cultural response… very Japanese – anime, and that cutesy Hello Kitty stuff and west vs east – all wrapped up together…. great to look at though!

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | May 4, 2013, 1:01 am
  225. Fantastic!

    Posted by neenslewy | May 7, 2013, 8:43 pm
  226. What a fabulous perspective you’ve captured, Dawn. It’s fantastic how it’s not only a candid pic, but he’s creating at the same time. He must have flawless concentration. Great pic!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | May 10, 2013, 2:44 am
  227. Nice! I can see some good treasury items there. Watch this space πŸ™‚

    Posted by nuvofelt | May 13, 2013, 11:56 pm
  228. These are beautiful. Quite inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by nuvofelt | May 16, 2013, 2:56 am
  229. Beautiful. The “random pattern glazes” I’ve used on ceramic projects have always been my favorite.

    Posted by serif and spice | May 16, 2013, 10:02 am
  230. You have some great work Dawn, I love wearing mine.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | May 19, 2013, 8:46 pm
  231. This, I like! I bet it smells delicious too with all that eucalyptus. Love it!

    Posted by nuvofelt | May 20, 2013, 1:17 am
    • It did smell great while making the paper… but once it is dry there is no smell :-/ However, some essential oil could be absorbed into the surface to highlight the ‘ingredients’ πŸ™‚

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | May 20, 2013, 1:19 am
      • Shame, I sometimes use eucalyptus to make marks on fabrics, the perfume does last a while. Once they are dry I store them together in a box for a time, this seems to help.

        Posted by nuvofelt | May 20, 2013, 1:45 am
      • good thought – I will give it a go πŸ™‚

        Posted by Dawn Whitehand | May 20, 2013, 2:12 am
  232. Fab paper, the sculptural nature of it is very interesting! Thanks for the post.

    Posted by Nicholas Herbert | May 20, 2013, 1:37 am
  233. Dawn, how cool is that as I see you seem to be adding yet more kinds of varied media to your art repertoire. I really like how the stitching is done w/the colored thread. Hope to see more like this!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | May 20, 2013, 3:11 am
  234. Dawn
    this is inspiring. Kids clothes. What a great idea. Really enjoying your poetry and drawing blog. I have also been influenced by licensing agreement on the left.
    Thanks for the ‘like’ too. Cheers Cat

    Posted by catbailey | May 21, 2013, 7:24 pm
  235. This is wonderful texture. I’ve always thought it would be interesting to make some smooth paper to paint on with water medium. Have you ever made cotton paper?

    Posted by Suzanne M. Phillips | May 23, 2013, 1:02 am
  236. I love that textured paper and your idea of lacing it together makes it even more unique. I know you had fun doing this!

    Posted by Beauty Along the Road | May 23, 2013, 6:38 am
  237. The paper looks beautiful. A while ago I made a few books with paper that I make miself an was a wonderful experience. I used plant materials like leaves and flowers to added effects. I wrote poems in the books and I have an exhibition of them in Montreal. Now, that I walk in the forest (I live in Costa Rica), when I found a dead leave or some fibers from dead plant I have the sensation of the paper in my fingers. Thanks for share.

    Posted by rosi garita | May 24, 2013, 3:16 am
  238. Nice idea for all that “old eucalyptus hanging around! I never would have thought about that. I’ve been making paper since ’93, adding all sorts of stuff, including flower petals & spices – sadly no aroma afterwards. But rather than buy a deckle n mould, I made mine, 2 different sizes, using flat 1\1/2″ X 2” boards, L shaped household wall edgings & old window screens. I also made my own press out of old “good” plywood, screws & toggle bolts. It cost less than $ 5 for both! The only thing I didn’t have is the component to “bind” the paper better, that we used in in a Fiber Arts course I took. Still, they came out OK, if used as an object of art rather than to write on.

    Posted by Kathleen E Lo PINTO VIGNOLINI (GRASSI) | May 24, 2013, 5:58 am
  239. The patterns as artist would see.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | May 26, 2013, 1:19 pm
  240. I tried making paper quite a few years ago, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it once it was done.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | May 29, 2013, 9:04 pm
    • I plan to experiment with painting and drawing – also sewing panels of it together, and perhaps artist books…

      I would think though that it could be interesting in the photography/printing realm…

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | May 29, 2013, 10:19 pm
  241. What an enjoyable read! I had no idea ‘DeeDee’ was because of ‘Dr. Dawn’ – that is magnificent! Wishing the happiest of birthdays to you, Dawn!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | May 30, 2013, 4:41 am
  242. Happy Birthday Dawn.
    My mum was a child during the 56 Olympics and she went to a school with about 20 kids. They all had to write to an athlete at the games, My mum wrote to Dawn Fraser, and my mum is the only kid who received a response. Dawn is a legend.
    I love why you hated your name during the 70’s, though I don’t remember the products you are talking about, haha.
    When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I had been a Perry Mason fan for quite a few years, the old B&W ones, it used to be on in the after. While I was pregnant, the guy that played him died, so I decided that boy or girl my child would have Perry as the middle name, and she does, in honour of that show. Then when my second child was born, it was to be Della for a girl, Perry’s secretary, or Drake, the detective, for a boy. So her middle name is Della. At least they have a strange story to go with their name. Unlike my name.
    So I loved your post today, and very happy birthday Dawn. I hope you have a great day.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | May 30, 2013, 7:04 am
  243. You’ve a long way to go but Dawn is harder to handle in the twilight years so Happy Birthday Deedee p.s. sadly your designs link is broken

    Posted by Laura Bloomsbury | May 30, 2013, 7:27 pm
  244. I love the look of what you are getting! What is “caustic coda”? Do you mean “caustic soda”? Where do you find it, and how much does it take? Do you have to leave a window open for health reasons, then?

    Posted by Joy Kreves | June 3, 2013, 1:14 am
  245. Great scene, you know I think I guess the state library, and I realised the heat thing, I can understand them doing that, it was such a hot summer, I am so glad it is over now.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | June 4, 2013, 6:09 pm
  246. Dawn, I had no idea re: Korean potters in past history being forcefully sent to Japan. This certainly was an interesting read. And you can bet here in the US – even in ‘high-culture’ neighborhoods, that advertisement would never be on a bathroom door! Great to see how valued ceramics and applied arts are in South Korea.

    Posted by artdoesmatter | June 12, 2013, 11:07 pm
  247. Hmm. Thanks for reminding me.

    Posted by Pete's Pots | June 14, 2013, 2:49 pm
  248. My gosh Dawn – you’ve got such a clean-looking studio! Honestly…most ceramicists work in dusty conditions I just couldn’t handle. Your setup looks fabulous and well-organized! I knew after only one course when I was at the University, as dirty as metals are, clay is its own animal! πŸ™‚

    Posted by artdoesmatter | June 15, 2013, 3:59 am
  249. It sounds very very exciting Dawn, congratulations, I am really happy for you.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | June 26, 2013, 10:10 am
  250. Yay!! That’s truly fantastic, Dawn! Big congrats to you!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | June 26, 2013, 10:19 am
  251. Great post, Dawn. And def. food for thought! It’s a relief to hear that I’m not the only one that finds the standard “art-business world” closing of “Regards” or even worse – I’ve received this one ALOT: “Best,”. Best what?? It’s insulting if you’ve interacted w/ this person before and in poor taste. Yet – I see it all the time in correspondence from the most professional down to the familial!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | July 19, 2013, 12:53 am
  252. So many points to respond to, so many complications to ponder. Christ, I’m simply glad I told my would be publisher publisher I was old school and though I loved speaking with her on the phone, I simply couldn’t submit via cyber space, old dog/new tricks. Hell, I could always ‘blog,’ whatever the hell that is.
    But, gosh, I am cushioned by the bennies of retirement. Still, you must be retelling the age-old dilemma of the artist,should be independent, devoted to her art, but needs The Patron. How did van Gogh do it. Hmm, his brother. How does my younger son do it? Hmm, his father. So chose the intimate approach? “Wuz up?”
    I love the formal salutation. It opens the door. It seems successive approaches should grow more intimate.
    Regardless, I often use what you use to close your communications: Cheers. Everybody needs it, right?
    A buddy in Hawaii taught me another: POW! I think it means, “I’m out of here.” Cheers–Carrico

    Posted by carrico | July 19, 2013, 1:03 am
  253. it is a funny thing, how to view emails, are they official or not. I think I am old school and tend to think of emails as being informal, letters are formal. I always start with Hi, and finish with thanks, that is just how I do them. Then again, I am noticing that more and more people are using the internet as the only way to communicate, so who knows, maybe I need to start considering this more.
    Maybe that is why I don’t get replies back for some enquiries, they think they are too informal.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | July 19, 2013, 9:25 am

    Posted by dereklubangakene | July 20, 2013, 5:26 pm
  255. Basically the good ole days are the good ole days for a reason. Everything adhered to a certain precept and it made things easier.
    It seems the only time we get to use ‘Dear Sir/Madam and Yours Sincerely” is when we’re sending out cover letters for job applications.

    Its confusing right now, what passes for formal and what is informal.

    Posted by dereklubangakene | July 24, 2013, 8:35 pm
  256. Wonderful photos, Dawn, particularly those gargoyle-like faces spewing out the water from their mouths like a fountain! Must have felt you were in another world while strolling through these Italian gardens.

    Posted by artdoesmatter | July 27, 2013, 9:46 pm
  257. Wow! what a fantastic looking place, Dawn – I’ll definitely visit when I go to Italy! Alienora

    Posted by alienorajt | July 30, 2013, 6:25 pm
  258. My psychologist wife who didn’t know the artist at the time (about 10 years ago), having seen this painting for the first time said that was a female artist who had been abused by a man close to her. This was when I realised that my wife’s A-levels were not given for nothing )

    Posted by artmoscow | August 1, 2013, 2:00 am
    • HHmmm…. she may well have been abused ( sexually) but we will probably never know that fact, however, given the time period she was certainly emotionally and psychologically abused – hence her not being known as an (female) artist till recently – but how different is this to today? Were the art academies the equivalent of company board rooms today!! Makes you wonder??

      Posted by Dawn Whitehand | August 1, 2013, 2:25 am
      • Artemisia Gentileschi was raped by her teacher Agostino Tassi; there are records for the high-profile trial.

        However, most historians today try not to characterize her work in terms of her being raped. Based on what we know about how artists selected subjects (Their patrons chose them) and the frequency of paintings of Judith slaying Holofernes (Very frequent! Caravaggio, Mantegna, and Rubens all depicted this subject, for example) it’s being omitted from art history texts as an influence on her work.

        I’ve written about this before if you want to check it out.

        Anyway, great post Dawn! If you’re interested in more female masters you might want to check out Sofonisba Anguissola or Lavinia Fontana.

        Posted by Melissa Huang | August 13, 2013, 5:59 am
      • Hi Melissa… thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

        I first discovered Artemisia Gentileschi whilst writing a paper on women in art history during my undergrad days. At this time i read a much as possible about her and her artwork, and later saw a movie made about her life…. i can’t remember what it was called but it did deal with her being raped.

        But of course historians don’t want to include such details – they are, of course white middle class educated males (in the majority) so such details are ‘irrelevant’… or perhaps undermining….

        But on a happier note, it was amazing to see work of hers first hand.

        I will visit your writings and leave a comment πŸ™‚

        thanks again

        Posted by Dawn Whitehand | August 15, 2013, 12:22 am
  259. Always loved this Judith and Holofernes painting also. I appropriated images of Judith in my early jewelry pieces, too – not surprised we both like this artist and the message of the piece!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | August 1, 2013, 6:37 am
  260. Great drawings Dawn… such a lovely gift πŸ™‚

    Posted by Robyn G | August 3, 2013, 12:22 pm
  261. best of lucks!

    Posted by lovelylollipop | August 4, 2013, 11:51 pm
  262. Dawn, this is most excellent news! Congrats to you and I love your piece the jurors chose!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | August 5, 2013, 1:23 am
  263. What exciting news! I love the piece you’ll be showing. Congratulations!

    Posted by Joy Kreves | August 5, 2013, 9:46 am
  264. Wow! That’s great! Well done!

    Posted by alienorajt | August 5, 2013, 9:20 pm
  265. Thats so awesome! Congratulations! Your work is lovely πŸ™‚

    Posted by Jamie Brogdon | August 6, 2013, 12:45 pm
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  267. It is lovely to see some more photos.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | August 7, 2013, 8:28 pm
  268. This post was enjoyable in a fun way, but for such a negative experience – you came away with such lovely photos! That 11th C. church looks incredible. What a total mess to experience – but at least you can say ‘I’ve seen it there!’

    Posted by artdoesmatter | August 9, 2013, 11:03 pm
  269. Wow. This is amazing, Dawn.

    Posted by dereklubangakene | August 11, 2013, 11:16 pm
  270. Love this paper. I shall be stealing this idea from you:) Though there are no eucalyptus trees here, there are plenty others I can experiment with. Nice to have stumbled over you, figuratively, of course! Ann

    Posted by annisik51 | August 19, 2013, 7:11 pm
  271. What a really nice gesture! Seems more personal than going to buy a Hallmark card out of your local Walgreens. Great niche!

    Posted by Pernell The Artist | August 22, 2013, 7:50 am
  272. These would be a good item to have on-display at an Open-studio event, I think, and be for sale. Ppl are more apt to make an impulse buy than to go to Etsy to look for one. Also, I realize shipping outside Australia would be expensive for you to ‘absorb the cost’ of – so someone from Europe/US would just go to a store like Papyrus and get a limited edition handmade card for around the same cost. Personally, I like the abstract drawings cards you’ve done. Maybe blogging about the availability of these cards will open up doors for you to sell them!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | August 22, 2013, 9:20 am
  273. Congratulations Dawn.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | August 22, 2013, 4:41 pm
  274. Very nice, I need to find an art community that supports abstract artists.

    Posted by prewitt1970 | September 1, 2013, 2:05 pm
  275. Very nice piece, Dawn. I always enjoy pieces like this more so because you’ve shared the materials used in the composition w/ us. (For those of us that are too far away to go see this lovely work in-person, especially!) Congrats on the show!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | September 1, 2013, 9:55 pm
  276. Very nice! I love it!

    Posted by Java Girl | September 5, 2013, 11:02 am
  277. Interesting work as usual. Congratulations on your show.
    We have a hard time in this corner of the world with abstract art. No buyers much. Rlte

    Posted by rlte | September 7, 2013, 10:37 pm
  278. Not only the texture – but that interior color of exposed wood is just stunning. So many trees in Australia I’m finding through seeing pictures on Facebook and other friends’ posts are such differing varieties that what we have available here in the U.S.

    Posted by artdoesmatter | September 11, 2013, 5:23 am
  279. Great capture for this challenge!

    Posted by janaline's world journey | September 13, 2013, 3:18 am
  280. I really enjoyed this series of photos for the challenge. πŸ™‚

    Posted by mybeautfulthings | September 23, 2013, 5:20 am
  281. A great answer to a challenge Dawn. Love these images πŸ™‚

    Posted by Robyn G | September 23, 2013, 11:04 am
  282. Hi Dawn…Thanks for visiting my site. I look forward to exploring yours from which I see I have much to learn, and it has inspired me to start posting some of my own work. Cheers

    Posted by Andrew Seal | October 5, 2013, 3:53 am
  283. We are alike in shadow. Love yours. I’ll have to hunt mine down on my laptop and chase them into the blogosphere. I’m reading a little book – an essay really – right now: In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki. Worthwhile. Ann

    Posted by annisik51 | October 9, 2013, 8:51 pm
  284. Sending you a well-deserved and huge congrats, Dawn! What a fabulous accomplishment!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | October 10, 2013, 5:21 am
  285. That looks amazing Dawn and I imagine a real exploration each time

    Posted by Chas Spain | October 22, 2013, 9:06 pm
  286. Worth a trip up north for Dawn – love the look of your pieces here. I picked up some local pottery in Canakkale when I was in Turkey which is very earthy and quite different from the highly glazed ceramics around Istanbul. There was a ceramics museum within the archaeology museum site which was fascinating – showing all the various regional forms.

    Posted by Chas Spain | October 22, 2013, 9:11 pm
  287. Congratulations Dawn – what a great (well deserved) achievement – looks like an absolutely beautiful book and I’m sure will be a real handbook for so many people drawn to your practice

    Posted by Chas Spain | October 22, 2013, 9:14 pm
  288. Really beautiful textures too – yum

    Posted by Chas Spain | October 22, 2013, 9:23 pm
  289. Beautiful work, Dawn, and congrats especially on the show! How exciting. And the fact that it’s a public art display actually means that more people will see the work. πŸ™‚ Love it!

    Posted by artdoesmatter | October 22, 2013, 11:23 pm