I had a number of bowls in the kiln with mermaids and the like on. They are very similar to ones I did quite recently but they went to a gallery in Battersea so I thought I would do a few more. I had decided last year that I would not make any more of these but the gallery owner had seen some I had in a gallery in Ewell and ordered them. Made me think I should try a few more. I came across a picture of a mermaid plate by one of the Toft's which made me think I was in very good company. http://www.ceramicstoday.com/articles/toft.htm this will give you a view of the Thomas Toft and a plate I hadn't seen before by Bernard Leach. Yesterday a reclaimed clay but it was still too soft to throw larger bowls so I am hoping to try some today and I have a batch of jugs to slip. This is another piece by one of my class of ten year olds. As I got it out of the kiln I thought wouldn't it be nice to just sit and play with clay and make a little fisherman -maybe with his own little mermaid.But then wait a minute-could he be the icing on a wassail bowl complete with a whole load of fish??