Sunday, 20 April 2014

Meet the family

Here they are - the whole family! Tomorrow my daughter, grandaughter and son-in-law all fly home to China. It's been an amazing few months with lots of fun and laughter.
Here's a picture of them at the Brampton olympics (but please don't tell them I posted this) held yesterday.

Friday, 4 April 2014


 This is a page from my sketch book. I've been decorating bowls all week and I usually work from my sketch book. But at the moment I am trying to simplify the drawings so they aren't as naturalistic. 
In order to achieve this. I've then made some collages and  from these made some templates.
I'll try to remember to photograph the bowls and then I can assess how successful or otherwise they are.

Monday, 24 March 2014

pug mill for sale

 The weather was beautiful on Sunday and although the garden is very neglected the mug tree is in bloom.

 I have been busy making mugs recently and have attempted to make the decoration more free. Here are the first results- I think I've a way to go yet!

There is a pug mill for sale in Compton. It's approximately 5 feet long and is very heavy. It is currently secured to a low wooden bench. It's being sold for £100 if anyone is interested you can contact me via e mail -
It will need a van to transport it but Mark and I can help with the loading.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


 Here are the templates for the pot I've been working on today. Sometimes the drawings on my pots are quite naturalistic. But for this I wanted a simple shape in keeping with the North Devon tradition. I am always fascinated by the templates as there is something very pleasing about such simple shapes. Often the templates end up in the bin as they are cut from very thin paper.
Looking at the jug now it looks very straight forward but it took me all day to scrape away the background. There is another jug waiting to be done in the damp cupboard. That will be tomorrow's task.
These jugs have been in the back of my mind since my trip to the Burton Museum in Bideford and even though I don't think I will pursue the idea I had to get it out of my system.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Fish and Ships

 Here are a few pots that are heading to North Devon this week-end. Following on from the firing last summer this exhibition is in the tradition of North Devon slipwares. it explores one of the common themes in that tradition.
The exhibition is at the Burton Museum and Art Gallery in Bideford. the museum boasts a fine collection of slipwares.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

A day out

I often feel strong emotions when I see pottery. I confess my mouth waters when I see fabulous, colourful glazes. I get real pleasure from using pieces of pottery I have bought. Even if pottery is not to my personal taste I am interested and curious about how it was made and it's story.
But nothing prepared me for the total surprise of seeing Alexis Rego's work. It was almost shocking in its sheer audacity. Wonderful delicate organic forms that looked as though they had just come out of the sea but breathtaking by their sheer scale.
I often look forward to a day out when I've been in the studio all week but this was such a treat. There was also a very interesting video of Alexis talking about his work which was mesmerising, but then you'll have to visit yourself to see that.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Mary Wondrausch exhibition

 Life has been very busy for some weeks now. Our first granddaughter, Isabella Rosemary Griffin, was born on the 23rd of December. So there has been much rejoicing.
However, in the new year I did make time to go to see Mary Wondrausch's
 exhibition in Compton. The exhibition celebrated Mary's 90th birthday. I hope I'm still potting when I'm 90!
 The pots were in colourful settings with props and artifacts alongside them. There was also Mary's vibrant paintings which looked as if they had just leapt off the easel. Mary seemed to making a bold statement about her work with the way she presented it. It had references to country pottery and was placed in a folk art setting.
The exhibition was in the Issac Watts Gallery in Compton which we also enjoyed looking around. To complete the day out the gallery had a tea room!! We had a very pleasant lunch and a good day out.