Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Pots and Food at wardlow Mires

 At the week-end we were at a festival of pottery and food in Wardlow Mires, Derbyshire. The idea was that potters producing domestic ware should show it alongside food producers.
The combination made for a very enjoyable week-end. We interspersed the selling of pots with sampling the wares of the food producers.
There was also a stall exhibiting Brampton Pottery. This was salt glazed ware produced by a consortium of potteries in the Chesterfield area I think produced in the 18th century. Josie Walter wrote a small book about them and you can find much of the text here. 
I was delighted to see the pots as I've only seen them in Josie's books before.They are quite exuberant with lots of sprigging.

 Did I mention that as well as Brampton pots I share a name with a brewery?
There was a stall selling Brampton beer but I won't tell you if I sampled that as well as the food.

Bird Bowls

I've dashed out quickly this morning to take these pictures as my son wanted to borrow my camera. It was so pleasant in the garden the September light was soft and surprisingly for the time of year the garden was still looking good.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


 I've been busy working for some weeks with very little break so I rewarded myself with a new book. The post man always comes about lunch time and earlier in the week he brought Linda Bloomfield's book on colour in glazes. He was just in time for me to look through it whilst having lunch. I think I want to experiment with more colour now!!
The book below is about Jean-Nicholas Gerard a French potter and arrived a few weeks ago. I am enthralled by it. My photos really don't do the book justice. The book shows the pots at various stages of making and also on show in galleries but the bit I find inspiring is seeing the pots in use. It looks so much fun having food out of hand made pots with real character. It makes me think that good food can only taste better out of these vessels.

Monday, 10 September 2012


 I have plenty of work I should be doing. I have been busy in the pottery each day but I had planned to get some water colour painting done in the evenings.
But I heard the phrase 'match box art' somewhere in the blogsphere and made these little boxes. I've been putting one in with my husband's sandwiches now and again. They are meant to distract him in his busy work day. I put things like chocolates, tea bags, jokes and other things similar to a Christmas cracker in them. They don't really cost anything so it's just a bit of fun. I'm not sure who's been more distracted him or me!
 Another distraction has been trying to find an easy and quick way to make photo 'mosaics'. You know something the computer illiterate can do in three seconds and it looks like a professional did it.
I've also been trying to take photographs of my work as I need some up-to-date ones. That's something else I'd like to do in a few minutes and it look as though Jan Baldwin or Jonathan Lovekin took them.
I'm working very industriously in the pottery getting things ready for the Pottery and Food Festival at Wardlow Mires. I may have mentioned all ready I'm looking forward to the food part.
One of the exhibitors there is Robin Wood , a green woodworker, and I am looking forward to seeing his work. Check out his site it's full of interesting articles.