Tuesday, 20 September 2016



I've been recording some of the images I use on my pots. Decorating my pots is very important to me and I can't think about making pots without thinking of the images I am going to sgraffito onto them.
I have found the two books above very interesting as they illustrate how a number of makers use drawings to inform their work.
Last Friday I went to see an exhibition called Drawing Inspirations at Crafts in the Bay, Cardiff. It was an inspirational view into how makers used their drawing practice to inform their work. You can follow the link to see some images of the exhibition. The exhibition was curated by Alex McErlain who has done some beautiful collaborative work with Alice Kettle. I was particularly interested to see the drawings behind the ceramics of Richard Heeley.
Just as an aside I did get to the exhibition via A&E as Mark had somehow broken a toe coming down a tree! Needless to say he didn't make it to the exhibition and is now limping around.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Latest Bowls

 Here are some of the bowls I've done most recently. The ones with the ladies are something of a homage to William Newland. I'm not sure how these will go down but I'm going to develop the idea a bit more to see where it goes.
 Last week-end was spent at Wardlow Mires Food and Pots Festival. Here is just a flavour of the event. There were  a number of Japanese potters with their work which was a real treat to see work we might not usually see.
Of all the festivals this is the most relaxed which must have something to do with all the good food and beers! Of course Pat and Geoff Fuller must also take a lot of the credit.








Tuesday, 6 September 2016

 Last week-end was spent at Ceramic Wales. This was a new show in a beautiful light filled building in Wrexham.
There was a wonderful diverse range of ceramics. I quickly took some photos of a few stands. Unfortunately my camera doesn't do them justice but it may give you a flavour of the range of work. The work above is by Niek Hoogland and Pim Van Huisseling


                                                                        Simon Shaw
                                                                    Wayne Clark
                                                                     Wendy Lawrence
                                                                      Mari Wells

It just remains to repack the van ready for Pots and Food at Wardlow Mires. This is a fun show where selling pots is interspersed with eating fine food. If you,re in the area look it up.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

flower brick

 This is the garden at The Chapel in Abergavenny. It's a beautiful gallery and we enjoyed a lunch here surrounded by wonderful art work. I am looking for inspiration for my garden patio and this has given me lots of ideas!


I've just come to the end of making batches of work for the next two pottery fairs and so nothing I make now will be ready for firing before these events so I decided I could have a little 'play'. This is a wassail pot. The originals ,made at Ewenny pottery were far more elaborate and much larger.


A flower brick! I don't usually make these to sell but I have a few I use myself. They hold quite a lot of flowers and make for an unusual display.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

State of flow!

I am enjoying being back in the flow of making again. A friend who doesn't 'make' asked me what it feels like when I'm making something. I know sometimes there are times of frustration and disappointment but mostly the experience is absorbing and fulfilling.
Anyway I can across this little link which I thought was quite interesting. It describes a Flow activity.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Still exploring

 We are still exploring local sights when we aren't trying to garden. This is Margam Abbey near Port Talbot. I think that in his day Talbot was one of the richest men in the world. The house, although still impressive, is a little sad and is in the ownership of the local council.



 Here are some water falls which once powered the tin works machinery for pressing iron into thin sheets before being plated with tin.


 There must be hundreds of ferns growing in our garden but none as impressive as this one. this one is unlike any of the others and is really sculptural. I have no idea what it is.
 The last pottery festival I attended was earth and Fire at Ruffod. Here are just a few of the stalls. Although I have been busy working for a few months now I am only just beginning to really feel that I am back in the rhythm of working.I am firing the final few batches of work for the next fair I'm at in Wrexham- Ceramic Wales.



 One of the spin offs of gardening has been the amount of shards I am unearthing. Here are just a few. It's given gardening a whole new perspective!

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!