My soda/wood fired vessels are shown at Cupola Gallery in their Christmas Exhibition.
I much enjoyed making these large nature inspired vessels .
The vessels combine porcelain and stoneware, it create a lot of tensions during the firing, and I get cracks and they split, but it is exciting to watch what the material can carry.
I shall be at the Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market with my ceramics this weekend – Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 November. The market is free and it is open from 10am-5pm.
There will be over 50 stalls at the market selling art and craft.
I will bring some of my lighting. My porcelain lights were very popular at our open days at Yorkshire Artspace last weekend. I will also be selling other pieces, among them my small pebble pots, which makes good Christmas presents.
The Hepworth Wakefield is one of my favourite galleries, so it’s nice to be at the Christmas Market there and get a chance to nip in and have a look at the exhibits.
You can find more information about the Hepworth Christmas Market here http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/christmas/
We are having our annual Open Studios on 18-20 November.
It is always a good opportunity to welcome friends and new visitors to our studios.
It is nice because it is informal. You can show your visitors your work in progress and explain the inspiration behind the pieces and the problems involved.
At the Open Studios visitors can also bay original works for sale from most of the studios.
We are open Friday evening 5-9
Saturday and Sunday 11-4
I will be taking part in the RHS London Show Shades of Autumn at Vincent Square SW1 later this month with my birdbath and planters. I will be selling other pots as well, including some of my smaller vases.
I will also be bringing along a few of my handmade porcelain tiles. These ceramic tiles can be used together in kitchens as a splashbacks or in a bathroom, or alternatively they could be used as coasters or simply to display.
RHS Shades of Autumn London Show
Date: 28 – 29 October 2016
Time: Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 5pm
Venue: RHS Lindley Hall and RHS Lawrence Hall, London
You can read more about the show on the RHS website
I will be taking my ceramics to the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield this weekend (Saturday 20th August), for their Market Day.
I’m looking forward to looking round the gallery while I’m there as there’s an exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s paintings that I’d like to see.
MARKET DAY – SATURDAY 20 AUGUST, 10AM – 5PM
THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD
I spend last week at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet in Hungary on their Porcelain A-Z course.
The centre is a lovely place and I gained further knowledge on model and mould making and got inspiration on some new pieces of works.
The centre is in the middle of Kecskemet and that gave me the opportunity to wander around the town and absorb the atmosphere of this old central European city, with its old cathedral, many churches and synagogue. I also liked to to see the Art Nouveau buildings lining the boulevards.
Here are some photographs I took during my stay.
You can find out more about the International Ceramics Studio (ICS) on their website www.icshu.org
One of my new vessels will be in the ‘Shaped from the Earth‘ show that opens at the Millennium Gallery here in Sheffield this Saturday.
I am happy to be included in this show and I think it will be interesting. Actually I am excited about Saturday when it opens.
The exhibition is curated by Penny Withers, who, like myself, have a studio at Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works. The show include some 28 artists who works in ceramics, all based in Sheffield. Now I do know a lot of potters living in this northern city, but 28!
I can hardly wait to see the diversity of all this ceramics. We all have our own approach to the medium and get inspired by different things around us and work in clay can mean so many different things.
I think it is an inspired idea from the Millennium to let a potter choose the pieces for this show of local makers, working in clay.
It could be a little gem! The show is meant to give a picture of what is being made in Sheffield but it will also probably reflect Penny’s approach to pottery/ceramics.
Come and see for yourself, I am sure all the potters will be there on Saturday.
For a few months I’ve been working on some new pieces of work inspired by British wildflowers.
These have been fired in my wood/soda kiln. The decoration has been inspired from poppies growing everywhere where there is an opportunity.
You find them in gardens, on wast-grounds in the city, in fields. Red, yellow and orange.
Poppies fascinates me, there they are one morning ,gone by evening, next day many more opens up and they stand there, looking so fragile, and add their colours to the environment.
The kiln, my soda/wood kiln has undergone a change in that my previous wood fired kiln had come to its end of its life and I pulled it down.It was replaced with an old, unused electric kiln converted into another wood/soda kiln.
I have as yet only fired it once, and I shall have to make a few changes to it, but I did get some good results.
In the photo my son ,Troels is helping me installing the kiln,
The RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair –16-17 February 2016
On Tuesday and Wednesday 16 & 17 February I will be at the RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair in Vincent Square, London. I will be showing a selection of my handmade garden ceramics, which includes small birdbaths and planters for outdoors.
The larger ceramic planters are ideal for bulbs and other plants which require a deep pot. The smaller planters are suitable for trailing plants and succulents.
My small birdbaths are handmade in stoneware and can be a focal point in any garden.
I have started making porcelain tiles, I shall bring some of them along as well. The tiles can be used to add interest around the house.
All pieces will be available for sale. I hope to see you there.