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.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Farnham Art in Clay

Although we have been our new house nearly a month we are still living out of boxes. The builders have plenty of messy work to do so no good unpacking.
Everything seems slow and we've only recently been connected to the inter-net.
This week-end I'm back to Surrey for Art in Clay at The Maltings Farnham. Do have a look at the event, link here.
I'm looking forward to seeing every bodies work and catching up with friends. 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Moving slowly

 The piles of boxes are getting higher both in the house and the studio.
 The Pots and Food festival in Wardlow Mires was a welcome distraction from packing boxes. As the kiln is disconnected now work has come to a halt. It feels very strange not to be working.
My trustee helpers came along to lend a hand and share the victuals.
 I took along a new display unit for the bowls. Now I've seen it in the pictures I think it's time to give it a coat of paint. There were plenty of beautiful and useful pots I wish I had taken more photos.
I was really taken with Patia Davis' work. Although I don't have a picture of her stand you can view a beautiful video about her here.

 My youngest son is now set up in halls or residence and ready to start college next week. I met him in London. We just happened to go past this chap painting a mural. It is a colourful addition to all the murals around Spitalfields.
 Here's a view of an interesting deli in the same area. I don't think I'll get to London before we move now so we popped in and out of some of our favourite shops and finished at Borough Market.

Friday, 28 August 2015

 Some pots out of the kiln recently. This is the last kiln firing for a while as we move very soon.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Art in Clay

I'm just packing for Hatfield. This is probably the last pot I can fit in!
You can find a link to this offer  here.
The weather promises to be glorious do come along.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Potting and the garden

 Our house is now under offer and we have made an offer on a house in Wales. I'm trying to work full time and fit in a house move. I thought I would take some photos of the garden to remember some of the plants I've enjoyed here so that I can find them in Wales. I spend very little time gardening so it's surprising anything is growing.

 I think I should have spent more time photographing pots and less on the garden! These are two coming to Rufford at the week-end. Click here to get more information about Rufford.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Out and about

 I had to go to London recently so I paid a visit to the V and A. The garden was packed with people and it had the atmosphere of Brighton on a sunny day.
I first went to the V and A in 1969 and there were never very many people there - what a change. But no hang on! Look below and you can see that you can still have the entire ceramics collection on the 6th floor to yourself. Bliss.
We've just put our house on the market with the intention of moving to Wales so I need to make the most of some of the wonderful places London can provide.

 I threw a batch of small jugs recently and wasn't sure how to decorate them. I went into the house and picked up this sketch painting I'd done and the book. I don't usually decorate in such an arbitrary way so it will be interesting to see the results.
I'm off to the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham tomorrow to hear a lecture entitled Leach, Carroll and Beyond English Slipware and the World of Reference.Should be interesting.