Sunday, 5 June 2016

new pottery operational

 I am happily potting away now. the pottery was never quite finished but I really needed to get back to work. The rest of the plastering and insulating will have to wait until later in the year.
 There are still trades men working away in the house so at times it's been difficult to focus just on the pottery. Last week I had plumbers and electricians in this week floor layers! The good news is they should all be finished this week and we will be able to unpack.
 This is the pottery which is part of the main house. There are some advantages, i.e. I unpacked the kiln in my pyjamas yesterday. Also it means I am here to attend to the builders. On the down side it had never occurred to me how much mess I create. I am trying not to walk it right through the house!

Monday, 16 May 2016


 Our woodland was transformed as the bluebells came out. This was an unexpected burst of colour and the fragrance was wonderful. 
When not trying to work in our own garden we are exploring National Trust gardens to get some ideas of what to do in our own!

 This is Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff. I forget to take any photos until we were almost through the gardens. However we enjoyed our visit and felt we should go on to explore other places in the vicinity.

 Our next stop was at this amazing medieval church. An organised coach party were in the middle of a lecture about the paintings so we merged into the crowd. These amazing wall paintings have only recently been uncovered and have remained hidden under layers of plaster. They were probably painted in 1430.

 Progress in the pottery is slow as we are still trying to get the house in some order. But all is now functioning and usable. It's been a real relief to get back to work but at times frustrating. The first few pots have come through successfully so that is a big milestone. I can now look forward to developing some new ideas.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Pottery and Politics

With the airing of the Great British Throw Down pottery is receiving some new attention. For those of you who may be interested here is a link to a debate in parliament recently. See the transcript here.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

What do you do when............?

 What do you do when your daughter visits you from China? you go to Barry Island. ( Didn't see Gavin and Stacey ).
You also visit castles, there are plenty to choose from in Wales.

                                                                                      .................two in one day can't be bad!

What do you do when.............?

What do you do when all your children visit you for Mothers' Day? You take them all to St. Fagans Museum of Welsh Folk Life.
It was a wonderful Mothers' day which I really enjoyed.

What do you do when.....?

What do you do when there are so many builders in the house you can't move without falling over one? You 'borrow' your husbands new bike and go for a cycle ride. But don't tell him - I won't if you don't!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Where are we now?

 We are now relocated to Wales. We eventually got into our new home before Christmas and some how I naively thought we would have the house all complete and the pottery done before Christmas. The reality has been completely different. Although we have had a massive amount of work done the builders have barely started on the pottery. They have put in new windows at the front and laid a new floor so there is some progress but no possibility of starting work yet! Although it has been both frustrating and dissappointing at times I think it will turn out to be a good move long term.
We are about half an hour from the coast which I really enjoy and there is plenty of beautiful country side all around us.

 We are about half an hour from Cardiff Bay. Just look at all that terra-cotta in this wonderful brick work.

Inside the house has been less than picturesque as we've had walls taken out and ceilings insulated and re-plastered. I think I can keep an army of painters and decorators busy not to mention plumbers, electricians and builders.
This is the view from the kitchen window so perhaps I should add gardeners to the list of people I need!

 I have started gardening as you can see from this little strip of ground I've dug and planted with some bulbs but it feels like a drop in the ocean. So as you can see no pottery at the moment. I am very much looking forward to getting back to work and trying not to get stressed about it. At least I can draw and keep working on ideas.