Through my eyes, I will walk you through my days, so you will get to know a little more about the artist and her journey. Its a beautiful spring Tuesday morning, the smell of magnolias drift through the air, as I walk from my home into my “Friedmudd studio” I like that name Friedmudd its fun and quirky at the same time. It has two d’s in mud why is that, you may be wondering… I guess I wanted to be different and that is what I’m know for in my art. Actually, my sons and nieces voted it looked good on paper, so that was that!
I have as long as I can remember loved the feel of mud oozing between my fingers pure bliss! My studio is quaint, made of sandstone and glass, with views of the magnificent rolling hills facing the West I get to experience amazing sunsets every day. I am so blessed. I have three others on the team, my pet dogs Sassy an old golden retriever, Ellie a very cute but often naughty Shih Tzu crossed with an Australian Terror. And the cat, Abbie who loves it when I hold my Fun in the Mud workshops, she joins in often jumping on laps sharing her self around.
Today is a working day, I have to remind my self of that, I’m working for the business “Friedmudd” I go to work just like everyone else. Working from home does take a lot of discipline its so easy to hang out the washing, answer the phone, weed the garden or just day dream a little….. Or go on to more important issues-) like blogging!! It is about honoring the artist within.
Working with clay for me is so grounding, I start with a lump of clay I maneuver it push it into shape with the tools and hands the form takes place, this is where the joy rises from a thought through my hands into the clay life in a pot appears. Its like a part of me I’m selling there is a connection between myself and the pot.I like to met my customers when possible and they me, its a lovely transaction, seeing the hens find homes or the frogs etc, its really nice being part of the full circle!
I’m making Tawny Frogmouths and Kookaburras today, they are for a new gallery opening, at “Secrets on the Lake” in Montiville, about 20 minutes drive from Maleny. I have been making lamps and plaques for the Tree Houses for 14 years. George and Aldi Johnston own the resort and gallery, George has been designing the Gallery, he has put so much creativity into the design its going to be amazing. The opening is in December.
I often ask myself “Does life get better than this!” Its my turn to spend the day at “Peace of Green Gallery” situated in the heart of Maleny. Its run by a collective of professional local artists. Myself and another fellow potter co-founded the gallery over 18 years ago. It has unique marketing advantages, enabling the artist to exhibit their work while retailing direct to the public.
Every day an artist is able to provide service and information in the Gallery. While meeting their customers taking special orders, and being responsible for their own display and work. I enjoy my day working in the gallery twice a month its very rewarding.
Today my two sons Mike and Dan came up and put the roof on my Friedmudd studio Gallery I live in such a beautiful part of Queensland its the tourist village of Maleny. We have Open Studios once a year for a month, so this year my gallery will be open to the public, I’m very excited about it!
Once the roof goes on its smooth sailing. The walls will be mostly glass, so the magnificent views will be framed. we are placing a tree stump in the corner of the gallery to use as plinth to house my kookaburra’s and frogmouth owls and possums. Its been raining in Maleny for days, tonight its still outside and I’m aware of the noises, I can hear the frogs crocking and the crickets singing their tune together they are harmonious.
Every day I am blessed to have cockatoo’s, Rainbow lorikeets and King parrots land on my bird feeder.
This week I ran a very successful Mudpies children’s creative clay workshops over the easter break. The name was chosen from my childhood memories while growing up on my parents dairy farm in Maleny, I would spend most of my weekends playing outside in the creek banks, making mud pies and bringing them back for my Mother to bake in her wood fired oven. Children love being creative and playing in the mud, its so grounding, raw and real.