Circle Craft Christmas Market

After attending Port Moody’s Remembrance Day ceremonies at the War Memorial by the Arts Centre I walked along closed-off St John street to Moody Centre Skytrain station. My friend and fellow potter Linda had left Coquitlam Skytrain station just before noon and unbelievably she was in the carriage I entered two stops later! Forty-five minutes later we walked in to the Convention Centre, checked our coats and entered the huge, bustling Circle Craft Christmas Market. We spotted Cathi Jefferson’s ...

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Raided again!

It was good to settle back into the routine of ‘Raids’ again yesterday. Eric, Renée and Monique rolled up shortly after 10am, loaded with lunch and their supplies for working. After such a long gap between these painting visits I had accumulated plenty of platters and plates for them.     Renée had an ambitious plan for the day, hoping to roll out more slabs and paint a couple of plates. But she had brought out some bone-dry sculptures she’d made so spent much of the ...

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Tate Modern & Mudlarking

  To complete my previous blog, I’d like to add pots by clay artists who are permanent members of Contemporary Applied Arts. This gallery shows the best of British Fine Crafts. This was my final day in England and I was determined to make the most of it, in spite of having picked up one of those beastly colds that one does on a trip like this. I stopped in at a Starbucks for a latte and a ‘toastie’ while admiring the new addition to Tate Modern. When I was last here there ...

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Contemporary Applied Arts

On my last full day in England I took myself off to London’s South Bank to visit Tate Modern, but first I wanted to find Contemporary Applied Arts again. It took me about fifteen dawdling minutes from Waterloo to find the gallery on Southwark street and it’s only about a block south of Tate Modern and the Thames. This is the link to the CAA website where you’ll find its address. Click on ‘exhibitions’ to see information on the current show, ‘Home from Home’. http://www.caa.org.uk Luckily ...

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Messums Wiltshire Sculpture and pots

Outside the vast barn that is Messums Wiltshire there are sculptures displayed, waiting for collectors. Our first encounter was with ceramic artist, sculptor and painter Sandy Brown’s ‘Temple’. Commissioned by Chatsworth House two years ago it now enjoys a prominent home by this gallery’s entrance. The tile-covered house has one door and coloured glass circular windows in the domed ceiling. Flamboyantly painted, the space is intended for quiet contemplation. Beside it there ...

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