Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Lots to say...





Quietly confident.

It's all happening in the workshop now. I've found my flow. All I can say is, it's always a good sign when I have to wipe my feet on the way out of the workshop!

Lots to say, and lots to show.
But I won't.
Not now.

Instead, I'll leave you with a taste of what you're likely to see on my stand this year.
Come and see.

Here are some excellent photos taken today by Mr David Binch of Oakwood Ceramics

Only one week to go before I hit the road (and ferry) and head off to Germany for the first of this year's shows. Here goes! See you soon.

Monday, 24 March 2014

No Flies On Me!

I can tell Spring is on its way.

Insect life is starting to twitch.

Flies are a particular nuisance. Flies are a particular nuisance when they land on your head in the middle of throwing. My wheel must be under a squadron of kamikaze flies and wasps that bomb dive full throttle from the rafters directly above me. I'm sorry that they take that attitude to my new work, but I wish they'd make a protest in another part of my workshop - set up a picket line, or start a campaign on, or something. It's a bit over the top!

Kamikaze fly
Spectator pots on rafters

Insects aren't the only species that are starting to twitch. I am too. I'm now fully out of hibernation and getting cranked up into full potting mode. It's going to be a busy potting season again this year. I thought I'd paced it quite nicely, but looking at my diary, I can see I've got 7 events in 10 weeks. (I'll put details of the events on my website homepage.) I feel a bit like a rabbit in the headlights at the moment with another daunting schedule. Every year I wonder whether I'll have the energy to do this, and every year, I think to myself there's nothing else I'd rather be doing. I think it appeals to the masochistic side of my nature. Nevertheless, a lot of work to do.

The past few weeks I've been pursuing the Bark theme I started in Australia. They are coming on well, but I have to admit, it takes me a while to get into my rhythm of making, and particularly glazing. I've just put a batch in the kiln, so tomorrow, we'll see... I started playing the CD of Australian bush birds to get me in the mood, but I had to switch it off as I could feel the waterworks starting!!

Slipping time

 Favourite slipping music Pray For Rain by Massive Attack on repeat!

I wonder how the glazing will turn out.........

PS This is a short post. Not intentional. I've just spent the best part of 2 hours putting this post together, and then forgot to save it! Double drat! Now Blogger has a mind of its own and I've now given up. Normally I'm a patient person, but I've just thrown my dummy out the pram. It looks like the fly is on me after all!!
Till next time.

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