Today I've been to Ceramic Art London at the Royal College of Art. It was refreshing to get out and see such a diverse collection of ceramics. I had hoped to be able to share some pictures of the work I saw but at the moment blogger isn't letting me put any more images up! The images above are of work by Susan O'Byrne. They were quite tender ethereal animals which seemed to be made of tiny fragments of clay pieced together like a patchwork. I also got to meet Clementina van der Walt. It's always interesting to meet other 'bloggers'. One of the nice things about going to shows is that potters are happy for you to 'fondle' their creations. It is so much more informative to handle peoples work than to see pictures of it. So I've had a good time handling tea pots and bowls and feeling the texture of pots. If I'd been able to buy anything I would have bought a tea pot by Akiko Hirai. I had never seen her work before and I really liked her aesthetic. If you're in London the show is still on tomorrow.
It's half-term here so I am not getting as much work done as I need to. It is a good time to catch up with friends and get out and about though. I worked until late last night to get some of the work in the damp cupboard finished. The studios getting grid locked again with work at different stages so I need to do some glazing very soon.
When I do have any 'free' time I try to spend it painting. My table is a bit small and cramped but I am glad to have found myself a corner! Just lately I haven't managed to make time to paint as household chores seem to have eaten up my time. So I am making a note here to make more time to paint!!
This is a jug I was working with on Monday. This is just the first of a series that I am using a maritime theme on. It can take a while to work out the ideas on the pots because what works in the sketch book doesn't always immediately tranfer onto the pot. After Monday I took a break as both Barnaby and Mark have time off. So today we got out and about doing pottery related activities. A trip to Babylon Tile works and then on to Clay Cellar. This mound of clay is straight out of the clay pit. Before it's made by hand into tiles it's put through two pug mills. The pugged clay is no good for my work as some sand is introduced into the clay. It is a beautiful plastic clay. You can see from the fired tiles that it fires to a rich warm red - just wonderful. I get quite excited about the clay in this state! At Clay Cellar I indulged in a small quantity of lustre to experiment with. The day out has got me excited about getting back to work on Monday. When we returned home the postman had left a parcel. It's a present to myself! A tea pot and a yunomi by Brandon Philips. I am thrilled with them, not only do they look good but they work perfectly as well. I wish the photo did them justice but I wanted Brandon to see they had arrived in one piece. ( Actually I think Brandon must have a degree in packaging they were wrapped so well)!