Thursday, 31 December 2015

Review of 2015 well a little one

So 2015 seems to have been a busy one with a few bumps along the way. It's been different. 

I started the year with the Bowland exhibition and the birds stonechats, lapwings and snipes. I will be carrying the thread on hoping to make more and with my gift membership to the RSPB for Christmas. I have had my slab roller motorised too so hopefully back on the slab built porcelain too.
I am loving the dog commissions I know I need practice so I am having a go at a few friends dogs in the new year too. It's all very exciting. 

So more bird, dogs, animals and porcelain and maybe better health and less accidents (currently waiting for my new phone to be delivered after the last one got run over!) It's never ever boring is it! 

Here's to a happy and healthy 2016 to all. 























Friday, 27 November 2015

A Winter's Tale



 These came about after a conversation with one of the other mill artists Eddie Davies when I was playing with smaller animals and made a little mole for fun. As the exhibition we were working towards is called 'A Winter's Tale' it fitted well that I had a go at making the EH Shepard characters illustrating Kenneth Grahames Wind in the Willows so these were born. The glasses are actual real  lenses I swapped for a vase with one of Karens students and made with copper wire. The pipe is a long running prop that a lot of the other artists have too. It's a long story but it was in my studio!

Mole
Toad

Badger

Ratty
 I had fun can you tell? It was a bit of light relief after filling a skip last weekend with stuff from my studio yes a skip all be it a mini one but really I didn't think I could do it but I did! and I now have my kiln in my studio too. It's very exciting....but back to the exhibition........

heres the mole that started it off with a few hares too
a couple of wrens

Robins

Avocets 

And I have a few newish heads including Bernard the Ram and
Lucien the Bull with his own copper nose ring too 

Bernard


Lucien

Buttercup

Betty and Loch the mountain hare

the only drawings are Munroe and Nevis the Mountain Hare
So the exhibition opens tomorrow and I will be at the
Markers Market next week too with my porcelain and a few more hares. 


Monday, 16 November 2015

Sorry I have been neglecting my blog

I am sorry I haven't been feeling brill lately and voice is coming and going as we speak!

I have been making work but not really getting it out there maybe it is just lack of confidence I just don't know but I need to pull myself together to get things moving again. 

I have had my slab roller motorised and I am sat looking at it trying to get my mojo back for how I used to work before Arthur(itius) kicked in and then I am trying to create work with more character too in the animal sense but I am not sure as my confidence is at an all time low I think. Hey ho I will get it back soon when things stop going wrong *crosses fingers

So here's a few pieces I have been making these are at the Chapel Gallery in their 'Objects of Desire' exhibition on until 9th January 2016





Then these new and unfired pieces will be fired and shown be at 
Pendle Heritage Centre in 'A Winter's Tale' from 28th Nov 








Monday, 26 October 2015

Autumnal Colours

Well I have been out and about to recharge my batteries as its a visual feast
out there with colours and form. (Well ok not so many colours in these pics but you get the gist)


I have way too many of this crow having a bath but the water droplets
were amazing and I caught them well in some more than others. 





Well our Charlie had to make an appearance hes getting an old boy now but hes happy as he is as long as hies got his pack around him hes toddles about fine. 









New/old work to come just need Arthur to be held at bay for enough time
to roll out that clay :-)

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