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.

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

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: 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

Strange Times: The Woods

If you've been here a while you'll know how much I love to read (if you're new, hello and welcome) but I'm finding it hard to read anything at all during these days of social distancing and isolation. It's ironic really, most of my time I spend wanting to not be doing the thing I'm… Continue reading Strange Times: The Woods

Winter Notes Seven: Edgelands

I wrote this, or started to, a couple of weeks ago as COVID-19 approached, but before home-schooling, before lock-down. As the scale of the crisis unfurled on the news I went on a massively LONG walk, I couldn't stop my feet from moving ever forward, along the riverbank, over muddy fields and to the medieval… Continue reading Winter Notes Seven: Edgelands

Book Review: Under The Stars – A Journey Into Light

Under The Stars : A Journey Into Light by Matt Gaw (Elliot & Thompson) If you look up at the sky at night from your front step, back garden or high-rise window what do you see? Try it now (if it's night, and it's not cloudy) are there stars? Are there loads of them, can… Continue reading Book Review: Under The Stars – A Journey Into Light