Gallery Closing Party, and a Rooster

Life seems to be ‘on hold’ today, mainly because the forecast snowfall is happening. We were warned.. yesterday was a gorgeous sunny cold day and I made good use of it. This week’s creations dried over the previous night and I carefully transported all the finished plates and my jugbirds out to the kiln shed. It’s a bit of a worry because there was snow on the slope and the pots would not survive a slip! I turned the kiln on low and trundled out to buy groceries and bird ...

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My Playtime

After Christmas I wandered into my studio and noticed that I still had the remains of experiments with blue, red and white earthenware clay. I decided to just enjoy throwing with no need to embellish the surface of the few pots I made. Only now, after trimming to reveal the striations, bisque-firing and then glazing with the new, all-forgiving clear glaze can I see what I did. With only a hint of blue remaining in this mix, the strata remind me of holidays in Arizona and New Mexico. The wide-mouthed ...

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Leisurely start to 2018.

We’re already half way into January and it’s time to get working in the studio. But when the fog lifted today the temperature climbed to 9℃ so I chose to work in the garden instead. I didn’t come inside until 4.30pm so that’s an encouraging sign that Winter will pass. There will be plenty of rainy days for me to be inside..     At  the end of 2017 Facebook and Instagram volunteered interesting accumulations of data for social media users. One day a page of words ...

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Another successful firing

Last week’s glaze firing took care of all the Raiders’ plates and my jugbirds and yunomis. Mina’s huge round red plate is rather splendid. It needed a shelf all to itself.     There was an oval dish by Michelle and a tall, mould-made vase, painted with similar soft colours.       Renée brought out two round dinner plates that she’d painted at home with just black and white. Nice contrast.   One of her little sculpture maquettes features ...

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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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