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Pod: Ceramic Sculpture Diary 2

Picture shows plans for a ceramic piece

Coils of clay, everywhere. When I first returned to ceramics the very first thing I made was a coil pot. I expressed my horror at coiling until Ali (my teacher) said I must forget all I had learned in school and this would be different. First thing is we don't build on a coiled round… Continue reading Pod: Ceramic Sculpture Diary 2

Pod : Ceramic Sculpture Diary 1

Picture shows plans for a ceramic piece

A Ceramic Sculpture Diary My ceramics practice is one of two halves; I have my slightly makeshift studio at home (it used to be the dining room, and still is when occasion demands) and I go to learn stuff at a large group studio on a Monday night. This means alongside making my smaller pieces… Continue reading Pod : Ceramic Sculpture Diary 1

A walk on the Ridgeway, early April.

A circular walk taking in a hillfort, a posh house and a weathercock. I drive the to the White Horse car park at about midday with a flask and a sandwich and a vague plan - I'm never sure which direction I'll go in once I get there; up to the Horse, or in the… Continue reading A walk on the Ridgeway, early April.

Book Review : The Clearing

The Clearing - A Memoir of Art, Family and Mental Health, by Samantha Clark At the beginning of The Clearing we meet Samantha Clark as an excited six-year-old, sitting in the back of the car on a drive through Scotland with her Mum and Dad. She is astonished by the space rolling out around her,… Continue reading Book Review : The Clearing

Simple Ceramics

Making pinch pots I posted on Instagram the other day for the first time in a few weeks. I hadn't felt the urge to put a photo and caption on there recently. Maybe it was down to the "lockdown wall" which I - and many other people - seemed to hit toward the middle of… Continue reading Simple Ceramics

Book Review: Fifty Words for Snow

Nancy Campbell's Fifty Words for Snow is a a wonderful tour through language, culture and climate. Snow Angel...A blizzard of skylarks....Snowflakes big as a dogs paw...Snow... I find snow enchanting, the magical transformation it brings to familiar landscapes, the still silence, especially at night, of a snowfall. I don't spend as much time as I'd… Continue reading Book Review: Fifty Words for Snow

Supernatural – Stories for Hallowe’en

Hallowe'en is upon us, though I prefer the old word Samhain. A time when the boundary between nature and the supernatural is thin. The spirits visit, witches and warlocks are out and about - maybe they are just ordinary people in fancy dress, but can you always be sure? The other day I found myself… Continue reading Supernatural – Stories for Hallowe’en

What I have been doing for the past eight weeks…

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Oooo hello! I am still here...grab a mug of tea and a digestive...I hope you are OK. Hasn't 2020 been weird, time wise? Wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey as Dr Who (in their tenth incarnation) might say. I've had weeks which seemed to last mooooonths, life buffering like a dodgy feed in a zoom call, and then the past… Continue reading What I have been doing for the past eight weeks…

Book Review: How to Cook a Wolf

My slightly battered copy read on the beaches of East Yorkshire, sometimes while eating haddock and chips. I had never heard of Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher or How to Cook a Wolf until a few weeks ago, though I have a good collection of cookery books – or food books I suppose (so many are… Continue reading Book Review: How to Cook a Wolf

Book Review: Attention All Shipping

Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly (Little, Brown) The shipping forecast is a  national institution. In a former life I heard it regularly on getting home late after working the evening Box Office shift, or more usually getting home late after the after work drinks. I'd dream of a simpler, less hectic, seaside life and… Continue reading Book Review: Attention All Shipping