Sunday, November 13, 2011

You don't get any pudding until you eat your clay...


Now that's a strange subject.

The "practice of eating earthy or soil-like substances such as clay", etc

It's good because it absorbs toxics, aids digestion, reduces risk of Crohn's Disease in children (adding healthy bacteria within the digestive tract) and is beneficial for foetal development (presumable due to trace elements).

Despite it's historical widespread occurrence in a lot of cultures, it's gone out of favour.

Maybe because it is associated with being "dirt poor"(poor is not fashionable-an't that a comment on society :)), also due to the assendance of companies advertising dirt removers and germ killers.

I suspect that along with pottery classes, it's on it's way back.

I'll be looking for dirt/clay cookies on the shelf at the supermarket to see when it comes around again.....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


De-text and de-photo your world....

I'm a visual guy and I'm tired of writing and reading on the web, Facebook, LinkIn et. al.

Who doesn't take smart phone photos of articles or information or objects we find interesting.

Weeks, months later I was go through mine, and deleting the superficial rubbish.

Today I revisited a photo of an article about Fizz, a visual record of Facebook.

Despite the likely yawn factor, I checked it out and it's great - time based bubbles!

Check it out at

De-text and de-photo your world....

PS Google won't let me post the 3 capital letters of the title i.e. What the fizz. talk about prudish.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rethink recycle reuse

Rethink recycle reuse.

After attending an Ceramic Arts and Design for a Sustainable Society Symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden, I have been reassessing my studio methods and artforms.

Japan is way ahead of the curve, recycling by grinding up, mixing, making and firing their old ceramics into the Re-Tableware product lines for nearly a decade.

All I have to do is figure out how to do this in Western Australia and then convince my peers, educational institutions, students to contribute their lesser quality work.!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011's like electricity

I was looking at a LinkedIn slideshow and

"'s like electricity"

jumped out

Paul Adams, Product Manager at Facebook,

explaining now the net is about people

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Email Scam targeting Artists

A fellow artist in our studio received an email from a prospective buyer.

While we were excited for her, I did suggest she google the email address and name (also you should do the same for key phrases in the email.

Unfortunately, this came up with the posting at and

The former Scam had the email address but an almost an identical email

"From: Thomas Bill []
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 7:22 AM (the one sent to our artist was sent Sunday, March 27, 2011 3:16 AM)
Subject: leave the shame behind


I go through your art work and i really like your creative, due to this i really have the interest in buying this your work, so kindly email me the price of it and the info about the work because i really like it and also my wife also have an interest in it as well because we saw it together from your web and we want to buy it.

Hope to read from you,

Best Regards.


In both cases the scammer uses the skype user id thomasbill11

He claimed to live in the Netherlands, sought the Artists Name for the cheque, address to send the "cheque or money order" and phone number.

Later he was very insistent on using his own shipping company and paying via a Money Order payment.

The language was very poor english.

You have been warned, spread the word!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Yes, the iPhone runs on African Maths

When Ethno-mathematician" Ron Eglash looked at aerial-view photos of African villages, and then talked to them, he discovered they are DELIBERATELY laid out to form perfect fractals, with self-similar shapes repeated in the rooms of the house, and the house itself, and the clusters of houses in the village, in mathematically predictable patterns.

As he puts it: "When Europeans first came to Africa, they considered the architecture very disorganized and thus primitive. It never occurred to them that the Africans might have been using a form of mathematics that they hadn't even discovered yet."


more explainations

More images

I see this as visual maths

So you have to be good at maths Ash, to be a good artist, just like music!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Paperclay Video

After a year of buying equipment and mastering it and a dozen associated software programs I am beginning to roll out a series of free high definition video lessons on making and using paperclay.

The logic is simple, and the same reason as building the 120 page website:

To reduce the demands on my time and costs of providing information to the growing tide of requests for information and advise.

So get your cup of coffee/tea/cool drink (it's 39 °C / 102.2 °F here today!) and click on the link below.

And, if you have the time do let me know how I can make it better, request a technique demonstration....



Monday, February 7, 2011

Get Great Google Search Results! Pay me $200

This was the message in a phone call from an English accented salesman this evening.

He claimed to be from a company called "Chrome Media", and then told me to type in "Google Expert" into Google to get to their website.

That's strange...

So I typed in the company name instead.

Second entry read

Fixed Fee Google Adwords Scam - Avoid companies like Dotcom Chrome ...

You have been warned, spread the word.

Later 19 May 2011. Guess what?

Another call today from the same company. They must be making money, to afford ringing my mobile phone from the UK. Not only that they had obviously taken the time to researched my art forms and knew a lot about me. So people of Perth be careful!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I've just spent a fair part of my family holiday writing a paper about the ecological issues facing ceramic artists; for

Ceramic Arts and Design for a Sustainable Society:

International Ceramics Symposium 2011

7-11 March, Sweden

Those who are interested in this area may not be aware that there has been a

"Call for Papers to address the symposium themes":

If you are interested in contributing, or attending, further information is on the symposium webpage at

Hope to see you there...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Where do I put my images?

One of the interesting things about the internet is the multiple of channels for presenting art.

As a digital content producer, as opposed to a digital consumer, I spend a huge amount of time assessing, uploading, organising and linking image and text about my and others art.

The challenge is finding the best website or services which:

1) are visually pleasant (ie not cluttered with advertising)

2) easy to navigate (see all thumbnails, flick between larger images, dig down to descriptions, post comments etc)

3) are seen by the right audience (eg peers vs collectors vs art administrators vs publishers vs art loving public, prospective students vs current students vs friends).

As a guide of some of the possibilities out there I provide the following examples to you:

my website I used to put thumbnails, so those on dialup could quickly see all (small) images. Then as broadband rolled out I inserted larger images below with descriptions. Note how (usually) you could only see one large image at a time as you scroll down (lit walking to each sculpture in a gallery.

Paperclay Sculptures on the Behance Network A Creative Professional Platform. In my mind a relatively untested venue.

Paperclay Sculptures on Facebook and Compressed Paper Sculptures on Facebook

I put both up so you can see how they have received different levels of comments (at the bottom). While it is great to see the comments and who made them, it's hard to gauge the response of those who may have looked, but not commented. Is there a website where you can track numbers, source and time on each image? Ideally this would give me the feedback I get to your art from being in the crowd at my own exhibition, or by babysitting my own exhibition.


Flickr is a photocentric service, but not good for much else

One I'm currently looking more closely at the moment is the loop, which is an Australia/NZ Creative Industries focused website (a rare thing). This link will explain who, what, why.

Your comments/advise/suggestions are welcome as I continue to add/edit this post (become a Follower-make this less public discussion than Facebook walls).

Ah, someone thinking along the same lines:

"The greatest challenge we will face is how to measure the quality of talent. The solution will be community curation. Aided by tools like Digg, Facebook's "Like" button, and the "Appreciate" feature on, communities are starting to curate themselves. Anything from articles to pieces of art can now be sorted based on consensus.

But the insights of the critical mass aren't enough. For example, when evaluating the quality of a photograph, the opinions of 1,000 photographers should matter more than that of 1,000,000 random people. This is the difference between a "critical mass" and a "credible mass." The "credible mass" will enable creative professionals around the globe to get new opportunities based on the quality of their work." source: article by Scott Belsky


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