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.
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!
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.
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.
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.