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

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

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

Our Garden

Twelve years ago we went on our honeymoon to Wales, with a seven month old baby there was no way I was getting on a plane and anyway Pembrokeshire is gorgeous. We stayed in Solva, up the hill from the harbour, and spent our time quietly. We found lovely restaurants, cafes and galleries while wandering… Continue reading Our Garden

Review: The Light in the Dark

The Light in The Dark a Winter Hournal, by Horatio Claire (Paperback edition,  Elliot & Thompson) I first reviewed The Light in the Dark (pub. 2018) in January 2019, in the hardback edition I borrowed from the library. The book is wonderfully written of course, the words and ideas are the important thing, and my… Continue reading Review: The Light in the Dark

Review: Bone China

Bone China by Laura Purcell Fiend as I am for a spooky tale I immediately requested this when it popped up on NetGalley...: In the caves beneath a remote house on the Cornish coast Dr Pinecroft and his daughter, Louise, have created a sanatorium in an attempt to find a cure for consumption. Pinecroft is… Continue reading Review: Bone China