Another reliquary out of the kiln this morning. I'm calling this one 'the birds and the bees'. The tiles below are some tests I've done to work through some ideas. I'm not quite sure where I am going with them yet. At the moment I am reading this book by Edmund de Waal and I am enthralled with it. It's a good read but also gives insight into the work of Edmund de Waal. I think it is amazing how things we have grown up knowing about infiltrate our work in all sorts of subtle ways. I don't think I can do the book justice if I try to review it so read Claudia Clare's review on her blog . Whilst I am talking about books here are some of the books I glean images from for my work. I often call in the Oxfam book shop and have bought quite a few there. If I use books in the pottery then I don't want to be too precious with them so buying them second hand feels good. ConnieN left me an interesting link to a whole catalogue of useful photographs of wild life.