Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Need to make some space!

My studio is very small and at the moment it seems to be cluttered up. A good clean up is needed. Part of the problem is that the weather has been so hot I have been reluctant to fire the kiln as it is in the studio and it makes it exceedingly hot for working and the ongoing work is drying too fast.

One of the things I like to make are colanders. Although I must have made a large number over the years I still like to make them. It's the challenge of making something that is good to hold and functions as it's meant to and looks good as well.

This is the door from the garden to the studio. I only have to walk a few feet from the house to work. When the weather is as warm as it has been I enjoy working with the door open onto the garden. This week I have been able to sit in the garden to eat my lunch which is such a simple thing but one I enjoy immensely.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Work in progress

I quickly snapped these photos tonight before I closed up the studio. Just to record that there is work in progress.
I'm using the images from the Luttrell Psalter on these jugs. They never fail to fascinate me. I like the wonderful graphic lines. The clothing in particular has great linear qualities. I sgraffitoed away for about eight hours with only a quick lunch break so by the end of the day my eyes were sore so when my husband suggested a trip to our local I was glad of a change of scene!

McGill Duncan Gallery

I am busy decorating jugs this week out in the studio. I've enough thrown and slipped to keep me busy all this week and probably into next. I am also working hard decorating on the home front. It's a tedious business but the house was in need of an extreme spring clean. Sanding paintwork must be one of the most thankless chores but I am encouraging myself by saying that it will all be worthwhile when it's finished.
Zoe and Jill at McGill Duncan Gallery will have some of my pots in an exhibition soon. I feel particularly attracted to the lino cuts by Hilke Macintyre.