I've been recording some of the images I use on my pots. Decorating my pots is very important to me and I can't think about making pots without thinking of the images I am going to sgraffito onto them. I have found the two books above very interesting as they illustrate how a number of makers use drawings to inform their work. Last Friday I went to see an exhibition called Drawing Inspirations at Crafts in the Bay, Cardiff. It was an inspirational view into how makers used their drawing practice to inform their work. You can follow the link to see some images of the exhibition. The exhibition was curated by Alex McErlain who has done some beautiful collaborative work with Alice Kettle. I was particularly interested to see the drawings behind the ceramics of Richard Heeley. Just as an aside I did get to the exhibition via A&E as Mark had somehow broken a toe coming down a tree! Needless to say he didn't make it to the exhibition and is now limping around.
Here are some of the bowls I've done most recently. The ones with the ladies are something of a homage to William Newland. I'm not sure how these will go down but I'm going to develop the idea a bit more to see where it goes.
Last week-end was spent at Wardlow Mires Food and Pots Festival. Here is just a flavour of the event. There were a number of Japanese potters with their work which was a real treat to see work we might not usually see. Of all the festivals this is the most relaxed which must have something to do with all the good food and beers! Of course Pat and Geoff Fuller must also take a lot of the credit.
Last week-end was spent at Ceramic Wales. This was a new show in a beautiful light filled building in Wrexham. There was a wonderful diverse range of ceramics. I quickly took some photos of a few stands. Unfortunately my camera doesn't do them justice but it may give you a flavour of the range of work. The work above is by Niek Hoogland and Pim Van Huisseling
It just remains to repack the van ready for Pots and Food at Wardlow Mires. This is a fun show where selling pots is interspersed with eating fine food. If you,re in the area look it up.