Sunday, March 6, 2011

Liebermann's Pottery


Joburg Sketchers is growing! On Saturday we had a great sketch-out at Liebermann's Pottery, which is on the grounds of the Old Gasworks which I've sketched before, from a distance.
What a rich treasure house of sketching material - the ugly/beautiful old brick and corrugated-iron buildings of the abandoned gasworks, with networks of chutes and pylons, and machinery whose purpose is now a mystery. We were strictly forbidden to enter the demolition site, as they called it - sincerely hope nobody is planning to demolish this amazing part of our history - as there were reportedly pools of acid and a 'trigger-happy security guard' on the premises...okayyy! And of course there were pots and ceramics galore with various oddities and knick-knacks interspersed. I spent most of the time on the top sketch of the back of the pottery. As I was about to leave I spotted Cathy Giordano still working away in the front, so I joined her for another quick sketch of statues and pots. Suddenly a furious looking raggedy head popped out from between the pots, on the end of a skinny bare red neck. My first thought was "hey, I know you, guy!", then remembered I'd seen him on the 2summers blog I mentioned in my last post.
Sketchbooks of the other participants of the sketching trip - one was missing
amongst the pots.
He and his little hen-friend obviously spend their days foraging among the pots and I think belong to the night watchman who lives there. Their diet must be a bit lacking in feather-producing nutrients, unless they express their affection for each other by plucking each other - a new spin on the word necking! Catching his quick outline made my day.

17 comments:

Felicity said...

These are really fabulous Cathy, so colourful and vibrant. That scraggy little guy is so funny! I'm amazed at all the details and colours you're able to capture when you are out!

2summers said...

So cool to see a "sketched" version of what I blogged about a couple of weeks ago! Glad the rooster paid you a visit. And thanks again for the mention.

Marie Theron said...

As I still own some Liebermann pieces, this post is such a special treat for me. Thank you for sketching Jo'burg history for us, Cathy. I follow your blog religiously and that is also not to miss out on wishing you 'bon voyage' when you go to Belgium!

moreidlethoughts said...

Lovely sketches of the pots. You get the glaze so well.Shame if that old site is demolished.
Oh! That funny little rooster? That's a Naked Neck and yes, it's a recognised breed.Don't know about up in Jo'burg, but in Australia they are among the more expensive of the fancy breeds.

bridget hunter said...

These sketches are full of character - of the building, the pots and the wonderful little creature. You've given a real sense of what the place is about.

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

cool sketches. That rooster kills me!

Cathy said...

You've managed to capture it all - no need for you to make so many sketches ;-) you're much more efficient than I am!! These two sketches say it all!

Robyn said...

Oh WOW, what a wonderful day's work, Cathy. Everything is so vibrant and beautifully executed. Love your little Mr Red Neck too.

Your whole group looks like a Class Act with all those sketchbooks lined up. How wonderful you've pulled this group together. Inspiring.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments, the good wishes and encouragement - and the recognition of an actual breed Dinah, I thought he was just deprived!
Marie, they sadly don't produce Liebermann pieces there any more, mostly imports, but there still must be some originals amongst the multitude of pots.

myfriendjohn said...

marvellous illustrations of what sounds like a beautiful place. My friend John is a big fan of pottery, I will make sure to direct him here immediately.

A Brush with Color said...

You always kill me the way you can take tons of visual information and so readily transform it as if it's nothing at all, onto a beautiful spread. I love how you communicated the brick here.

Trade Your Talent said...

Just discovered your work, really love it! You have this unique way of sketching, just great!

RSA Online said...

Love the earth tone colors, very nice work

Laureline said...

LOVE the story and your sketches! What fun you all had!

Sue Pownall said...

Sounds like a great day with fabulous results.

Teresa said...

Hi Cathy!

Enjoyed browsing around your blog! All of your work is lovely, but these two illustrations really grabbed me! Love 'em!

Sandy said...

These are wonderful! I love the vibrancy, the colors, comp...everything...