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Three different things in one week

In London last weekend I saw this man playing a jazz standard with flames bursting from his instrument in time to the beat. It was snowing, he was drawing crowds and coins. In Dorset last week I walked past a farm yard and saw men and women in hunting dress surrounded by Beagles and eating sausage rolls and cake. They were off to chase and presumably try and catch hares.  In Sidmouth we stayed in this room. It was like being on a boat and in the theatre all at once.

 

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Cavaliero Finn Open Door

Contemporary art and design exhibition – Dulwich Festival Show This Weekend – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May and Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May, Dulwich Festival 2016

I will be exhibiting at the Cavaliero Finn contemporary art and design exhibition – Open Door – at their home gallery this weekend in Herne Hill (Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May) and for a second weekend on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May from 10.30-6.00pm.  Find us at 268 Croxted Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 9DA.

Open Door is a curated exhibition which explores the role contemporary art and design can play in our day-to-day lives, presenting the work of over 20 artists and designer-makers.

Dulwich Festival – more info

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Potting Shed

The Potting Shed
Townhouse, 5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields E1 6QE

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd May 2016 | 11am-5pm 45-minute sessions

Members of the public are invited to join myself and Matilda Moreton, making unique floral decorated plates to celebrate the joy of early summer flowers.

Inspired by a collection of 18th century botanical prints hung in the gallery of Townhouse and using flowers and leaves from selected plants, learn how to create impressions in clay and apply colour with decorating slips. As well as using plants, a variety of textured floral fabrics, lace and rubber stamps will be available for use in decoration.  Add words with letter stamps.

Read more or buy tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/potting-shed-tickets-24488895947

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2016 Handles and Lines

Its time for new ideas and designs. Experimenting with  handle shapes and themes around lines, linear images and transfers.  New image designs for Circus Brixton and a series of plates using fern and grass transfers are in the pipe line.

 

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It’s a New Year

2016  has arrived and with it a back log of images and ideas from the end of last year. I went on an extraordinary trip in December to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. A two hour tour through history and a visual feast. I had a go at recreating the raised lines i saw around a 17th century bell and on a metal mould on to a 21st century earthenware coffee cup. I adapted one of my wooden tools to help in the task. More work to do on that but there is something in it. It is after all lines and i like lines! The ones i made all sold at the Christmas sale in Primrose Hill and the feed back was good. Some refining needed of course.

Then one cold windy walk on the beach at Sidmouth after Christmas. So many stones and so little time!   Lovely combinations of iron rich damp red sand and black, yellow red stones.  More lines and shapes to think about. I limited myself to only bringing home four favourites.

 

Now i need to get to work which is so much harder than thinking about it! The Sales pretty much sold out so i need to replenish stock for the shops and galleries and get on with new ideas, images and shapes.

 

 

 

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country /city

I spent a weekend in Cornwall with old friends taking pictures of  slate walls and dense bushes that look like scribblings. Not sure what everyone else was doing! Back to London and a morning walking  from home to Camden and back found me looming up at more walls with my camera. So many colours and lines and similarities. Thinking i might try some ceramic pieces in a dark clay , painted in white slip and then I’ll scratch the surface to experiment with my own lines and shapes.

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