Holiday in England: Cambridge

  This year marks fifty years since I immigrated to Canada from England. Over the years I’ve made many trips back, usually with Alan, but sometimes on my own. I always make a point of revisiting favourite potters and galleries near where family members live. After Al had had his eight-day trip to Osaka recently we agreed that I should take a holiday in England alone, mainly to catch up with my large family over there. So I’ve just returned from twelve days in England and Berlin with ...

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Birds flying Air Canada

Once again I have packed jugbirds into a smaller-than-carry-on-size box ready to take to the airport with me tomorrow. I think the allowable size is now smaller so some will have to go in my hand-bag too. Good thing I only want a book and passport besides them.             While I am travelling to Cambridge, Berlin briefly, London and Salisbury – all to visit family members, I won’t be able to blog. So I’d like to post photos of the nine jugbirds ...

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Bird Vessels, a Conure and Culture Days

  Now that the latest firing is done I needed to get some of the work packed up. The three vessels intended for Victoria’s Alcheringa Gallery were carefully wrapped in paper and bubble wrap and secured in a box with a handle. Wednesday morning saw me braving the 2nd Narrows bridge to meet up with Robert, who has taken said box on to the sea-bus, sky train, buses and the ferry over to his home in Victoria. I feel so much better having a friend do the transportation rather than the post ...

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Culture Days

While I have been waiting for my kiln to be cool enough for me to empty I’ve been out in the garden. It’s time to cut off all those huge hollyhock plants. I couldn’t help myself but harvest oodles of their seeds. So if you join us for ‘Pottery in Port Moody’ next weekend you may take lots of those seeds and we’ll have a colourful city the year after next!   The last few weeks have been spent making jugbirds to take to England soon and dreaming up some bird ...

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Blue Clay, Japan and ‘Clay in my Garden’

September is here and suddenly there are masses of activities in the calendar. The Raiders were mostly still away on holiday so we haven’t got together recently. I have plates ready for them but have mainly been trying to concentrate on making as many of my own pots as I can and have a firing soon.               Linda Doherty gave me some old dried-out earthenware clay that she had had made up for a special project years ago. It’s blue, like Wedgwood ...

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