Debbie Farnaby

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is farmed and harvested with no harm coming to the bugs themselves. It is processed and sold as dry flakes which are then dissolved in alcohol to make liquid shellac which is used as a brush-on colourant, food glaze and wood finish – it is the primary element in French polish wood finishes. it functions as a tough natural primer, sanding sealant and high gloss varnish and is great at sealing out moisture.

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Fired clay wax finish
R1 800

For fired ceramics, shellac provides a protective cold finish to the piece and dissolving stains and oxides in the shellac and wax components can provide a range of interesting patinas to the finished piece.

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Fired clay with shellac finish
R2 100

To apply shellac, dissolve the flakes in alcohol overnight and then strain to remove any remaining debris. Add the chosen stains and oxides to the liquid shellac and apply to the piece using a paintbrush. It is better to do multiple thin coats as opposed to a single thick coat and this also provides more depth and variation to the patina. Once the shellac is completely dry, dissolve the wax in mineral turpentine. You can add whatever oxides or stains you want to the wax and stipple this onto the piece using a paintbrush. Once the wax had dried you buff and polish the piece. The wax pushes back the natural gloss of the shellac and allows the colours embedded in the shellac and wax to blend.

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Fired clay with shellac finish
R2 700

If you are interested to purchase any of the artworks on display, click the link below:

The Potters Place teaching studio – New to the Courtyard @ Bright Street Gallery

The Potters Place teaching studio is happy and excited to be Opening its doors in SOMERSET WEST. I have been teaching all things clay related for almost 30 years from my studio in Pretoria. When the opportunity arose for me to expand my business I decided that SOMERSET is the place where I would like to be.

The Courtyard @ The Bright Street Gallery was the perfect fit and everyone has been so helpful and accommodating and I am so thankful for finding this Gem of a place.
The classes I will be teaching will deal with all aspects of clay,

  • HANDBUILDING techniques (pinching, coiling and slabbing)
  • WHEELWORK (utilitarian work as well as altered and assembly pieces)
  • SCULPTURE (figure, animal and abstract)
  • WORKSHOPS will include alternative firing techniques of: RAKU and OBAVRU (beer firing)
  • : MOULD MAKING and SLIPCASTING
  • : DECORATING TECHNIQUES e.g. printing and stamping on clay, bubbling, coloured clays and slip decoration.

I will also be doing tailor made workshops for teambuilding events and parties.

Please have a look at our website/Facebook page/Instagram to see what we have been up to at our Pretoria studio. http://www.the-potters-place

Please have a look at our website / Facebook page / Instagram to see what we have been up to at our Pretoria studio. www.the-potters-place.co.za

Bookings for classes is essential so please phone or send a WhatsApp to Evette 082 573 4645

Selection for Summertime Group Exhibition

Do you want to be part of our first group exhibition of 2020? The theme is “Summertime”. What defines summertime in South Africa for you as an artist?

Over much of South Africa, summer (mid-October to mid-February) is characterized by hot, sunny weather – often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.

The Western Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is the exception, getting its rain in winter.

To take part in the selection email a picture of your artwork with “Summertime” as the theme to brightstreetgallery@gmail.com before or on Wednesday 15 January 2020. Or bring your artwork to Bright Street Gallery on Wednesday 15 January 2020, between 10h00-12h00, artwork can be collected at 14h00 on the same day, after selection.

27-30 September 2019 – Online Art Auction

Bright Street Gallery is proud to host an online auction to be held on 27-30 September 2019 via our Website and Facebook page Bright Street Gallery – online Art auction. Selected works for New Beginnings Group exhibition will be on auction.

Rules and bidding procedure and more info on how it works click here.

27-30 September 2019 – Online Auction Catalogue

Participating Artists include:

Trushka Badenhorst

Zach Mukwira

Mark Sanders

“Lion” by M. Sanders, Oil on canvas, 600x900mm, R3240

Christine Cherry Jones

“Nude with Yellow chair” by Christine Cherry Jones, Oil on canvas, framed, R3800.00

Melinda Brummer

“I Found You” By Melinda Brummer, Oil on canvas, R2280

Karen Litson

Belita Burger

” All that Glitters..” by Belita Burger, Mixed media, 1010x500mm R5280

Laurette van der Merwe

“A New Day, a new season” by Laurette van der Merwe, Fibre art, R890

Jennifer Johnstone

“Rocks looking towards Hermanus” by Jennifer Johnstone, Oil on canvas, framed, R4800.00

Helmuth von Michaelis

” Oleander” by Helmuth von Michaelis, high quality Print on Hahnemühle German Etching Paper, framed, 900x800mm, R5000.00

Carmen Gordon

Xenia Hulme

Xolani Sivunda

“Beginning of a new light” by Xolani Sivunda, Acrylic on board, R4800.00

Clea Witte

Joseph Chikwenhere

“Owl” by Joseph Chickwenhere, Resin Driftwood, R1200

Doug Phillips

Joy Meyer

Cornelie Wolff,

“Waiting” by Cornelie Wolff, Oil on Canvas, R1440

Alyson Guy

“Where am I going” by Alyson Guy, Oil on canvas, R2400

Sanet Visser

“Progressive Change III” by Sanet Visser, Monoprint, R1000

Anja Appy,

Lisa Furness

“Tangle IX” by Lisa Furness, Pen and Ink, R420

Diane White

S i m p l i c i t y

Group Exhibition by Selected Artists

We have extended the online submission date till 25 October 2019.

“The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”

– Walt Whitman

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

How to take part in Simplicity Group exhibition:

Option 1. Email us your submissions to brightstreetgallery@gmail.com 

or

Option 2. Bring your artwork to Bright Street Gallery on Selection day between 10h00-12h00.

for more info and exhibition rules:

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”

– Plato